The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) does not believe that the cost incurred by taxpayers to fund the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (COI) should be of concern to the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).
In fact, the Party believes that the PNCR is afraid that the findings of the COI would prove the PNC government’s involvement in the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney on June 13, 1980.
At a press conference yesterday, Clement Rohee, General Secretary of the PPP said the PNCR has renewed its efforts to derail and discredit the work of the COI.
He related that the PNCR is “trying to create a diversion on the very compelling revelations from witnesses, all of which are pointing to a PNC government involvement in the assassination of a great son of this soil and international scholar, historian and equality advocate, Dr. Walter Rodney.”
Rohee deems the concerns raised by PNCR members Basil Williams and David Granger regarding the cost of the COI as unfortunate, since the work is important to all Guyanese.
He said, “As a Nation we need to know the truth about the assassination of Dr. Rodney…We owe this to Dr. Rodney’s family and relatives…We owe this to the people of Guyana…We all need to know what happened on that fateful day…Who were the architects and the executioners of that dastardly act?”
He stressed that the PNC is afraid that the truth would be revealed as a result of this COI. The PPP says it finds it mind-boggling that the PNCR would be concerned about costs, since Granger has called for the establishment of several COI’s in the National Assembly.
He recalled that Granger wanted a COI into Trafficking in Persons; a probe into a gastro outbreak at Region One; crimes on the East Coast; police brutality; criminal violence; and the rice industry.
He stated that Granger has reportedly said that these Commissions of Inquiry are needed to bring closure to issues affecting Guyanese. Apparently, the Opposition’s motions for these COIs did not take into consideration the issue of costs, the PPP said.
“This raises the question – when President Donald Ramotar established the Linden Commission of Inquiry, were there any questions about cost? There never was; because the Opposition was hopeful that the Commission would have unearthed evidence to embarrass the government. To the contrary they were bitterly disappointed,” Rohee said.
He said that as far as the PPP is concerned, the PNCR never wanted the establishment of the Walter Rodney COI since it would continue to be fearful of the damning revelation that could surface from the Inquiry.
He pointed out that the PNCR did not want to participate in the COI but has been attending the hearings daily. At these sessions the Party spares no effort in derailing the work of the COI by introducing their propaganda in the Commission, he said.
“The PPP calls on the government to ensure it does all that is legally possible, to provide the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry with the necessary resources, financial or otherwise, to complete its work, regardless of how long it takes,” Rohee said.
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