…as PNCR vows to take to streets to have Govt. investigated thoroughly
It was pandemonium yesterday at the nation’s highest forum even before the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, denied Robert Corbin the opportunity to have a motion debated to call on Interpol to come to Guyana and investigate the allegations being revealed in a US Court.
Ramkarran told Corbin that the grounds for his seeking to adjourn the day’s business and deal with another matter did not meet the criteria in that it was not urgent and more so based on newspaper articles among others.
Corbin even pleaded with the Speaker to set a new precedence given that all of the grounds that he mentioned were based on Parliaments outside of Guyana, “This is not a light matter.”
This angered Corbin who toppled the law books before him saying that “if a matter of this gravity is not urgent for this country these laws of Guyana mean absolutely nothing in this country.”
He subsequently told media operatives that the laws now mean absolutely nothing with the President himself breaching the Constitution.
“What sense do those laws mean when a government refuses to accept and abide by the law.”
He pointed also to the incident when individuals, including Members of Parliament, were refused permission to stage a peaceful picket outside of Parliament given that the police had kept them to the corner away.
Corbin was adamant that he was attempting to have a matter ventilated and resolved that it is affecting every decent Guyanese.
The nation, he said, is entitled to know what happened to more than 200 persons that have been killed “and the first time we have an opportunity of concrete evidence with a witness who is alive…the Speaker can’t rule that this is a matter of urgency.”
Corbin, in response to a question as it relates to having the party’s demand being met, said that it is now a time to take action to a next level, which is to move to the streets.
He along with the other Members of Parliament that stepped out of the House proceeded to collect placards and stage a protest action.
But that action did not commence then, given that prior to the start of yesterday’s session supporters of the cause turned up and MP Basil Williams was initially prevented from entering the barricade given that the police rightfully suspected that he had placards in his vehicle.
“Who kill Waddell, ask Ramsammy…who kill Biscuit, Jagdeo…cocaine government must go,” were among some of the many chants that could be heard echoing.
This continued while Corbin was attempting to have his motion heard in the National Assembly and after the denial joined in collected placards and all of the other MPs joined in.
The PNCR leader after about 90 minutes at the Public Buildings shifted the focus of the picketing exercise and the scores of people then made their way quietly to the Brickdam Police Station.
The silence was quickly broken upon arrival at the police station where the chants of who killed Waddell and release Archie Poole as well as release Juliet Holder (who was at the station at the time) then emerged.
Police ranks quickly took up their post manning the entrance as the picketers paraded in front of the station.
When asked why switch focus to the police station Corbin said that it was a location that was supposed to uphold the rule of law and they have not investigated the death of Ronald Waddell and it takes a US Court to bring evidence as to who shot him.
“We are hearing who the people called after the killing of Waddell…We want Interpol to investigate Waddell’s murder.
He said, too, that he wanted the government to know that nothing could stop them from protesting, “even if they are using the Ministry of Health fire as a smokescreen to divert.”
Leader of the of the Alliance for Change, Raphael Trotman, told media operatives that his party chose to boycott the session of the National Assembly given that discussing the loss of life was a little more important that discussing carbon emissions notwithstanding the fact that it was an important issue.
Trotman who was on hand prior to the session predicted that given the experience in Parliament, the Speaker would not have allowed the motion adding that to be discussion low carbon now was of no significance now given the state of affairs of Guyana at this time.
He also spoke about the arrest of Former Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder Allen and the fire at the Ministry among others.
As it relates to Minister of Health Dr Leslie Ramsammy Trotman said that he could prove that the Health Minister does know Roger Khan. “I find it most amusing that he could say (that he did not).”
Whether Dr Ramsammy submits to a lie detector test or not the evidence is coming out in the US Court of competent jurisdiction, he added.
“The decent thing for him to do is to stand down and for his government to have an independent commission of inquiry…. There is enough evidence in a court of law which should warrant an investigation by an independent tribunal into his involvement.”
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