Here is an interesting insight into the (unwitting?) role of the Mormon Church in the “colourful” politics of Guyana. A letter to a Guyana newspaper explains that support for the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been falling in recent years especially among Amerindians who have, the writer claims, complained that the government has not been investing in Amerindian interests as much as they used.
The opposition People’s National Congress (PNC) hasn’t the funds to fill the gap and so, he alleges, has shrewdly “encouraged” the Mormon Church to charitable work among the Amerindians in “Partnership” with the PNC. The governing PPP has apparently seen this as interference in their political territory and has sought to end the partnership in a rather dramatic fashion by attempting to expel the Mormons as previously reported.
Are the Mormons so innocent as they would have us think? It is the case that in Ghana they paid bribes to get their temple built in Accra and were pretty pragmatic about it, saying that it was the way the system worked. In my part of the world I have been impressed at their foresight in building a local chapel ostensibly at the back of beyond but eventually at the edge a prestigious new housing development and golf course complex.
My money is on these people knowing very well what they are doing and, while the folks on the ground who were detained by the CID and face expulsion may be unwitting pawns in this game of catch-as-catch-can, the men sitting in downtown Salt Lake City have a firm grasp on the big picture. After all, business is business.
The real reason for the Mormons being expelled : Kaieteur News