Moses Nagamootoo is that person. Moses got a tremendous Easter gift from the only daughter of Cheddi and Janet Jagan. Actually the present was there before Easter but the Guyana Times, also known as the Beacon of Truth and its gutter partner, the Chronicle, chose not to let Moses know what Nadira Jagan-Brancier said about those that have succeeded in the hierarchy of her parents’ party.
Nadira Jagan hit out at the corruption and philistine behaviour of those that lead her parents’ party today, in front of a Berbice crowd in the Jagan heartland – Port Mourant. It was the very cabal that she denounced that invited her to speak. They didn’t suspect the woman was carrying a psyche pent-up with anger.
She let loose, even displaying massive irritation at the fact that the vultures in the PPP go to their rallies invoking the name of her father, even though they have betrayed what he stood for in the most barefaced fashion. But the Beacon of Truth and the Chronicle failed to give Nadira even a paragraph.
Moses’s gift had to be given to him by this newspaper. It was KN that published the trenchant condemnation by Nadira Jagan of what the PPP has become.
It was a big lash to the present cabal that deceived, harassed and ousted the Guyanese biblical personality. In Guyanese lingo we say that “Nadira dig a jumbie lash in the PPP.” No one took any notice of her brother (commonly referred to by the boys on the streets as “Red Eyes.”) when he carped every week on CNS Channel Six for five years on how the “Gang of 8” wrecked his parents’ party.
Lacking credibility and image, it was unwise for APNU and AFC politicians to quote him. In fact, it was counter-productive to have him in their midst. For this reason, he got no invitation to join the their campaign
Nadira Jagan is a totally different prospect. Unlike her brother, she has no baggage and her name is not associated with any political outlandishness. What she had to say is now for Moses Nagamootoo to use to open the eyes of the inhabitants of the Jagan heartland. The consensus among political observers is that Nagamooto was crucial in weakening the PPP’s locomotive in Region Six. There are those who felt that Dr. Ramayya and attorney Charrandass Persaud did play a not insignificant role in the AFC’s Berbice campaign. But it was the Guyanese biblical man that did it for the AFC. The rallies in his hometown were strong proof that Berbicians were listening to him. In the end, only 53 percent of the Region Six voters went to the polls and Moses hit the winning run.
He campaigned on a recurring theme – the present PPP leaders failed Cheddi Jagan, and the PPP as it is today is not the organization that Jagan founded sixty years ago.
Nadira Jagan’s tirade has given Nagamootoo a priceless gem. When he goes back to Berbice (and even Regions Two and Three) all he has to do is to hold up the front page of this newspaper with the large photograph of Nadira Jagan. Moses doesn’t have to speak even a word. The picture paints a thousand words.
The use of photographs in the just-concluded general elections was a winner for both APNU and AFC, but it was not to be – money wasn’t there.
This writer had advised both opposition parties that a photographic campaign would have devastated the PPP. Hold up a picture of the mansions in Pradoville 2 to the crowd at the rallies in Berbice and juxtapose them with the ubiquity of poverty throughout the land, and decent voters had to be emotionally moved at the depravity of Cheddi Jagan’s protégés.
Hold up a photograph of a young Minister who joined the Cabinet with no visible material wealth but now owns a mansion with a swimming pool and a pool house that cost more than any working class home. It didn’t happen. APNU and AFC simply didn’t have the financial power to mount a photographic show during the election campaign.
Moses Nagamootoo should do it. Now that Nadira Jagan has spoken, the snap poll may be dead. What answer will the Freedom House vultures give Berbicians and East Indians countrywide when Moses circulates Nadira’s photo and speech? It would seem that Nadira Jagan has finally put to rest the snap election possibility.
Whether there are local government elections or not, Moses is the happiest man in the world at the moment.