Remembering Ohene Koama
Historians in writing Guyanese history will scant remember the ordinary people who have contributed to the making of our history.
November 18th, 2009 marked the 30th anniversary since the assassination of WPA activist Ohene Koama on November 18th, 1979.
Ohene Koama was a good friend of mine, a kind and gentle person who was committed to a non-violent struggle against the excesses of the Burnham Dictatorship.
Ohene assassination came in the aftermath of the civil rebellion on 1979, which was the highest level of the development of Guyanese working class consciousness. His assassination was followed by that of Edward Dublin and then by the late great son of the soil Dr. Walter Rodney.
In order to best understand this phase of Guyanese history, we must go back to the nefarious 1978 rigged referendum out of which was born the draconian and politically backward new people’s constitution, which centralized all power in the hands of the Executive President, placing him above the constitution of the land, immune from prosecution, in or out of office. Thus Guyana sunk into a state of lawlessness and all Guyanese into a state of dehumanization, while tyranny and a constitutional dictatorship overcame us.
Whereas Chavez is unpopular as a dictator in Latin America, the Guyana Government takes second place for unpopularity and its undemocratic nature is looked upon with scorn by Latin American intellectuals.
While in Guyana the opposition political parties continue to willingly subscribe to their own bondage and that of the population is primarily because they hope that somehow miraculously they may be able to attain power as in 1992 with the draconian people’s constitution intact, thus Guyanese will experience no real change but will be saddled by a successive reign of dictatorships.
Ohene Koama is a Guyanese martyr, who like Dublin and Walter Rodney had contributed their lives to the Guyanese struggle certain and convinced of victory.