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Tribal politics has no place in our country, Guyanese ministers say

Guyana, described as a nation of "six nations" due to its diverse ethnic backgrounds, largely consists of Indo and Afro-Guyanese communities

The Minister for Information of the South American nation, Guyana, , Kwame McCoy and the Minister for Housing and Water, Collin Croal, have stated that both political leaders and the citizenry of Guyana have been conscientized to desist from tribal politics and the politics of insults in what they say is a very ethnically diverse country.

Guyana, often described as a nation of “six nations” due to its diverse ethnic backgrounds, primarily consists of Indo-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese communities. However, the country does not promote these distinctions but instead focuses on fostering a collective identity.

Speaking in an interview on the Asaase Breakfast Show (ABS) on Tuesday 3 October 2023, the two ministers pointed out that the government of Guyana over the last several years, has pursued the “One Guyana” agenda and they have been able to get the buy-in of Guyanese citizens.

The Housing and Water minister, Collin Croal, in his submission noted that the “One Guyana” efforts of the Guyanese government under the leadership of President Irfaan Ali, has made the oil rich country a model for unity and inclusivity, despite its diverse cultural makeup.

“We refer to ourselves as one people, one nation, one destiny. The phrase “One People, One Nation, One Destiny” has become a unifying mantra in Guyana, resonating with citizens from all walks of life. It represents the nation’s collective vision of progress and prosperity, where diversity is celebrated rather than a source of division” Collin Croal said.

Mr Croal also acknowledged the geographical remoteness of some of the indigenous communities in Guyana from mainland. He noted however that, inspite of this distance, the government of Guyana is dedicated to ensuring that these communities receive the same developmental benefits as those on the mainland.

“This commitment reflects Guyana’s aspiration to create a more equitable society for all her citizens” the Guyanese Housing and Water minister, Collin Croal said.

Kwame McCoy, the Minister for Information on his part acknowledged that Guyana has had its own challenges with ethnic divisions and issues of tribal politics which largely had external elements contributing to the challenge.

He noted that the issue which dated back to the 1960s, has significantly changes and the country is committed to pursuing the “One Guyana” agenda with all resources available to country.

“The one Guyana is about us having a common vision, a common objective of moving forward in a specific direction, and also our people are united as we move forward. We are working together as Guyanese and focusing on the nation’s development” Kwame McCoy said.

“Guyana is experiencing rapid economic growth, driven by its burgeoning oil and gas industry. The government’s emphasis on unity and common purpose is seen as crucial to ensuring that the benefits of this growth are equitably distributed among all its citizens” McCoy added.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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