Linden Commission of Inquiry…Kennard back from leave, to be sworn in shortly
Former Chancellor of the Judiciary Cecil Kennard has returned from annual leave and is to be sworn in shortly as the fifth member of the Commission that will look into the Linden unrest that left three people dead and several others injured.
Justice Kennard, who is the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority, informed Kaieteur News that he returned to Guyana yesterday.
The other four members of the Commission have already been sworn in by President Donald Ramotar. They are Justice Lensley Wolfe O.J., who is the Chairman; Mr. K.D. Knight S.C; Ms. Dana Seetahal S.C, and former Guyana Court of Appeal Judge, Claudette Singh.
Commission Chairman, former Jamaican Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe, has said that the Commission’s findings will be based solely on the evidence presented to it on oath or affirmation by witnesses.
Advertisements calling for submissions to the body have been sent out. The sittings are to be public except where circumstances dictate that statements be made in camera.
In August, the Government and the Opposition agreed on a foreign component being added to the Commission of Inquiry. However, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) recently objected to the appointments of attorneys-at-law Euclin Gomes and Gamesh Hira to assist the Commission with gathering witnesses and evidence.
According to APNU Member of Parliament, Joe Harmon, the two lawyers have close connections with Attorney General Anil Nandlall. He said that Gomes works in the law firm of Nandlall.
Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon had told reporters that he expects the Commission to sit for no more than 30 working days.
Some $80M has been budgeted for the exercise which arose out of the killing of Shemroy Bouyea, Allan Lewis and Ron Somerset when protestors clashed with the police at Linden.
They were part of a crowd which had gathered on the Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge to protest a government move to increase electricity tariffs in the mining community.