Some things are wrong with the sugar company

Dear Editor,

I learn with amazement that the president is part of a rescue operation to smooth the raging waters inside the heights of GuySuCo. It does not go beyond the board of directors and senior management; if the two are at loggerheads, then minds twist, visions warp, which doesn’t help the crippled business. But when I read in SN about the rescue mission planned by President Ali, my first take was that this really is the strangest country. The problem is corruption, reinforced by a wave of allegations of deception, and the resulting lack of trust.

No one at any level can work together when trust, which is Guyana’s most precious and scarce commodity, is sorely lacking. It’s obvious to me from outside distance that some things are wrong at Sugar Corp. Given her fragility, corruption is the last thing she can afford. This is especially applicable when we all know that GuySuCo is an expensive ward of the state, which means rushed and cash-strapped Guyanese taxpayers. For these reasons, I think that the interest of the President is not in the right place, when I reflect on this mediation mission which he has made his priority.

Editor-in-Chief, I am of the opinion that President Ali is on the wrong tree and placing his weight on the weakest branches. Given the tumultuous circumstances at GuySuCo, there’s no need for a mediator or arbitrator, even a well-meaning reconciler, especially since I’m all for the latter in most situations. . In my little two hundred contemplations, what is needed, even demanded, at GuySuCo is a seeker of truth and a seeker of facts. Areas that should be prioritized include, which of the contending sides (and that’s more than individual sides, more like hostile factions) is speaking the truth. Law for the best interests of society. Right to the inner atmosphere necessary for progress to be made in an entity that is sorely lacking in it. And just for the goodwill that GuySuCo could use both from within its sphere of operations and from outside as well.

Additionally, since Guyanese taxpayers fund the continued existence of the company, disputes regarding corruption must be resolved cleanly and conclusively; correctly too. If they were allowed to go unanswered, it would be like local taxpayers willingly participating in sponsoring the thefts against themselves. Further still, I now have to set something else in motion. President Ali has been strident, acid, in his own demands for transparency and accountability, both of which signify a deep distaste for corrupt practices. Well, at least that’s the case in my book. Now the spotlight is on the president delivering his words, which I remind him of from time to time, so that he stays centered, and in my struggles to keep him honest, as we Americans like to say.

So being a presidential broker is the wrong decision at the wrong time with the wrong problem. If the former piercing attacking manager is wrong, then let it be publicly noted, and if a reprimand is due for his hasty zeal, so be it. Likewise, the CEO (and he is not an isolated actor, all things considered) deserves recognition for his own no less strong defenses of what happened. To state my own case openly, I’m convinced there aren’t just tractors in this mess, and it’s the push and blowout triggered by a long series of other associated troubling issues. There were others before the now former director who left in anger and disgust.

Ultimately, this is where the president can prove who he really is: riding the wagons, maintaining sketchy narratives, or a true leader he can trust to rise to the challenge and take no prisoners. . He must demonstrate how genuinely he is a fighter against corruption, backing up long-standing words to that effect with actions that would go a long way to confirming his own credibility.


GHK Lall

Rachel J. Bradford