Leader of the main opposition, People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), yesterday announced that his party will be co-operating with other Parliamentary political parties to launch a campaign for an international probe into allegations that the government here is involved in crime and the drug trade.
The party is demanding that International Police (Interpol) investigate the Jagdeo administration for “drug connection and genocide.”
Corbin’s announcement came when he led just over a 100 of his supporters through the streets of Georgetown, bearing placards that deemed the Bharrat Jagdeo administration a “cocaine government” and called for the resignation of Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy.
At the outset of the mid-morning protest, PNCR Parliamentarian Volda Lawrence tied a cloth-made dummy of the Health Minister to a bus and allowed it to be dragged on the road throughout the march along several streets.
At the end of the route, Parade Ground on Middle Street, the effigy was left hanging on the basketball hoop on the tarmac, just behind the makeshift platform – the back of a van – where Corbin addressed his supporters.
At the centre of his speech was the connection the government (which has denied the charges) had with accused drug lord, Roger Khan. In an ongoing trial of Khan’s former attorney, Robert Simels, who is charged with obstruction of justice, witness tampering and possession of eavesdropping equipment, British firm Smith Myers testified that it had sold to the Guyana government the ‘intercept’ receiver and laptop that Roger Khan was using.
Co-founder and director of the firm, Peter Myers, told the US Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York, that the equipment is a CSM 7806 and two “Toughbook” Laptops, a small one and a larger one. He also testified that the sophisticated equipment was sold to the government here at the authorisation of Dr Ramsammy. The Health Minister has vehemently denied the charge and has dared the British firm to prove its case.
PNCR Chairman Basil Williams, carried a placard that read” Ramsammy – Doctor of Death, Dr Evil.”
Since the computer was seized by the Guyana Police Force at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara seven years ago, Corbin said his party was convinced that the government was into collaboration with the drug lords.
Roger Khan, has pleaded guilty to all the charges brought against him by the US, including drug trafficking and witness tampering. Khan has been fingered in some 200 murders in Guyana.
Parliamentarian Clarissa Rhiel marched with a placard that read “Our children are crying; young men are dying.”
The main opposition party also trumped up its case of Ramsammy’s alleged involvement in the death of talk show host Ronald Waddell. In the same Simel’s trial, a self-professed former member of Roger Khan’s “phantom gang” Selwyn Vaughn, testified that Khan ordered the killings of Waddell and boxing coach Donald Allison.
Waddell died in a hail of bullets in front of his Subryanville, Georgetown home in late January, 2006. Vaughn testified that Waddell was ordered dead because he was a member of a criminal gang from Buxton, East Coast Demerara.
The government has charged that if the opposition chooses to believe Vaughn’s testimony about Dr Ramsammy, then they must also believe his testimony that Waddell was related to the Buxton gang that created mayhem in the country following their escape from prison on February 23, 2002.
The main opposition party is insisting that there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation, but Corbin said the Guyana Police Force “cannot be relied upon to carry out an independent investigation.”
Corbin said that his party has agreed to collaborate with all political parties, all interested stakeholders, businesses, civil society, trade unions and churches, to “bring this government to account.”
He said that yesterday’s protest was just the beginning, but a “wake-up call” for the citizens of Georgetown. He urged his supporters to be prepared for the long haul.
The PNCR’s protest is expected to continue today. Corbin said that he will be standing outside Parliament Buildings at 12:30 hrs today.
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