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GUYANA: Oath of Office Case – after 1980 Elections – By Eusi Kwayana

Oath of Office Case – after 1980 Elections – By Eusi Kwayana

This recounting of the “OATH CASE” brought by me against President Forbes Burnham soon after the 1980 General Elections is taken purely from memory and is therefore not word perfect.

The circumstances are that the 1980 Constitution had been imposed on the country. This recounting is timely as the present Attorney General publicly undertook on Globespan after the end of the 2020 Elections impasse a revision of the Guyana Constitution after full consultations with the citizens. He promised that the consultations will be thorough. Our experience is that a constitution can be imposed in spite of the fact that there had been in the post-referendum period after 1978, a Constituent Assembly sitting in the Chamber of the National Assembly, with much media publicity in the very restricted media of those days. I will now explain what I recall about the merits of the Oath Case and leave for later my reminder to the present population of how the 1980 Constitution was imposed.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Notice to Concerned Citizens: the Official Gazette – By Eusi Kwayana

Notice to Concerned Citizens: – By Eusi Kwayana

FRELUSJA advises citizens concerned about Government and Governance to make sure members of their circle keep an eye on the weekly and special publications of the Official Gazette ( see Link below).

In particular, there should be someone in the circle who reads the LEGAL SUPPLEMENT of the Official Gazette. In that section Bills to be debated in the National Assembly and to become laws, are published in advance. Executive Orders made under existing laws, by cabinet members and other officials are printed.        Continue reading

Article 29 of the Constitution – By Eusi Kwayana

Article 29 of the Constitution – By Eusi Kwayana

A civic society group named Article 13 has a lot of urgent oversight to do in order to hold the rulers accountable for the billions that are being talked about so loosely. No doubt Article 13 is relying on rights granted to the Guyanese people in Chapter 2 of the 1980 constitution as amended.

Other Guyanese concerned about accountability may also be relying on rights such as the right to inclusive government framed in the same Chapter of the same Constitution. What will surprise Guyanese is the fact that the rights referred to as granted in Chapter 2 are rights not available. To explain this paradox I must recall a bit of Constitutional history.      Continue reading