The Georgetown District of the People’s National Congress Reform held its District Conference on June 28th, 2009 at Congress Place , Sophia. More than one thousand (1,000) delegates and observers from twenty nine (29) Party Groups and five (5) GYSM Groups in the city participated.

The District Conference was opened by the General Secretary of the Party, Mr. Oscar Clarke, after which the outgoing District Chairman, Mr. Aubrey Norton presented his address. The keynote address was delivered by the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform, Mr. Robert H.O. Corbin.

The General Secretary noted the importance of the Conference in the context of developments nationally and wished the Conference every success. Mr. Norton called for an inclusive Party and recommended that the Party be open to ideas and be serviced by an “intellectual core.” He also adverted to the many achievements of the District over the past years.

Having thanked members of the Georgetown District who sent him good wishes during his recent illness, Mr. Robert Corbin quoted from the famous passage of Ecclesiastes 3, in which the writer admonishes that there is a time and season for everything under the planet. This was the pivot around which his discourse revolved. He referred to what the PNC did in opposition, and how it performed as a Government. Now that it is in opposition again, the tactics and strategies of the Party had to change to suit the objective conditions of the time. He emphasised that the Party’s political struggle had been successful in combating extra-judicial killings, the drug trade and its kingpins, the “phantom squad” and the removal of former Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Ronald Gajraj.

The activities of the Party led to the establishment of an inquiry into Ronald Gajraj’s role in managing the “phantom squad” and led to the Jagdeo Government, out of embarrassment, having to remove him. The criminal violence and murder of several young men, however, remain uninvestigated. Referring to the Party’s recently held Strategic Leadership Retreat, the Party Leader called attention to the obligations of the leaders of the Party, the need for discipline, and the need for the Party to be prepared for all challenges that it may be confronted with.

Mr. Corbin reminded the Conference that the PNCR had always been inclusive and accommodated different views and opinions. If anyone doubted this fact all they had to do is to look around the room and see the faces of those who from time to time had different views and ideas but did not have to leave the Party. He also advised that at the end of the day, it was performance and work by which each member of the District will be judged. There must be involvement with the community and its members, an essential task as the Local Government Elections are slated to be held this year.

These presentations and the Reports of the District Secretary, Mr. Gregory Fraser and Treasurer, Ms. Volda Lawrence, M.P. provided the basis for vigourous debate and discussion. Interventions were made by a wide cross section of delegates and such leading members of the Party such as Mr. Llewellyn John and Mr. Winston Murray.

After a vigourous campaign, the following persons were elected:

Ms. Volda Lawrence – Chairman
Ms. Hazel Pinder – Vice-Chairman
Ms. Sheila Prescott – Secretary
Ms. Linda Gomes – Treasurer

The Committee Members are:
(1) Mr. Kevin Rose
(2) Mr. Vibert Hart
(3) Mr. Eon Andrews

The installation of the new officers and the charge were done by the Leader of the Party. He challenged the officers elected to work hard to ensure that the Party remains strong and vigourous: the greatest evidence of this would be success at the Local Government Elections.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
June 28, 2009