Vision for development

The greatest existential threat currently facing Grenada is mismanagement of the island’s resources.

The specific category of resources that’s being mismanaged the most is debatable. Grenada’s national debt has sky-rocketed recently and with increasing debt-levels, ‘indigenous’ Grenadians may soon live as second-class citizens in their own land.

The concept of democracy encompasses more than citizens’ right to vote in periodic general elections. Free and fair elections (that are also free from fear) are an integral part of a healthy democracy.

Was the 2018 General Election free and fair? How accurate was the voter registration process? Did the Parliamentary Elections Office fulfill its mandate to society? Was the Code of Political Conduct effective in managing candidates’ behaviour?

In a democratic state, voters’ rights extend beyond ‘getting their fingers stained’ once every five years, approximately. Citizens should be entitled to accurate information on the state of their collective assets.

The status of estimating and realising the economic value of Grenada’s hydrocarbon resources remains a mystery.

Meanwhile, ongoing environmental destruction (notably, mangrove removal and improper sewage disposal) serves to increase citizens’ vulnerability to the effects of climate-change related natural disasters.

Silence doesn’t solve problems. It is imperative that you begin to use your voices to demand accountability from the elected representatives, even if they weren’t fairly elected. Otherwise, Grenada may continue along its current trajectory of increasing debt, environmental degradation, financial corruption etc., to everyone’s detriment.

This vision for development is anything but sustainable!

Rosemarie Rajwant

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