The Achilles heel of the PPP, outside of election campaigning, has always been its inability to mobilize supporters within the city or for protest action in the city. It has never been good at that, and it has paid for this ability by being banished for long periods to the political wilderness.
If the deaths of the three persons in the motorcar crash had taken place under the PPP and if the circumstances had been reversed, meaning that if the stakeout had taken place outside of the home of a PNCR or AFC bigwig, there would have been massive street demonstrations and protests to force an inquiry.
The journalists aligned to the PNC and the AFC would have dug deep into this case and questioned the authenticity of much of what is now being reported. It is a disappointment to see the lack of eagerness on the part of the media corps in Guyana, in trying to find out just what happened in this incident. It almost seems as if the pro-government media corps has resigned itself to leaving this as a surveillance that went haywire.
You will not get certain pro-government media operatives interested in pursuing the truth of this matter. As far as some of them are concerned, the three persons lost their lives in the interest of the APNU+AFC government’s surveillance of a top former public servant; they are sorry about what happened, but are not interested in risking embarrassing the government they support, by probing deeper.
They are not alone. One newspaper yesterday reported that according to a relative, the deceased solider was actually on leave. The relative relayed that the solder got a call indicating that he should come back to work to go on the operation. It was said that the operation was later called off and then put back on again.
No one has so far bothered to find out how the relative could have known that the soldier was called back to work, was sent on an operation, there was a stand down and then the operation was back on again. How would the relative have known that? Basic journalistic principles would have indicated the need to ask these questions.
Did the soldier convey all of these things before he died? If he did, he was most definitely the wrong person to have in an intelligence unit. How could such secretive details be revealed to outsiders? Or was this version told to the family by insiders within the GDF intelligence unit?
The more this matter is left hanging, the more embarrassing it will become for the authorities, because there is already in the public domain a belief that this operation that resulted in the death of Sergeant Pyle was a rogue operation.
It is for the authorities to convince the Guyanese people that this was a legitimate operation, and to explain why an officer conducting surveillance would attempt to intercept someone who is being placed under surveillance. This goes against common sense.
There is a great deal that is not being told, and no investigation by the Guyana Police Force or the Guyana Defence Force is going to enlighten the public on what happened, because the findings of those investigations are not going to be made public if it is a matter of national security. The GDF is certainly not going to reveal any findings that are likely to contradict their original story that Sergeant Pyle was on a legitimate operation.
The purpose of an inquest is to determine who died; that is, the identities of the persons who died, the causes of death, and the factors that contributed to that death. The inquest will most likely state that the persons died from injuries sustained, and that the contributing factor was the reckless driving by the army sergeant, that led to the deaths.
The inquest is not going to concern itself with what the sergeant was doing outside of the home of the family that he chased down. The government knows this and is hiding behind the excuse that there will be an inquest.
The truth can only be determined by a judicial investigation. This is not being held because the PPP does not have the teeth to force such an investigation, and there is not enough pressure being brought on the government to order such an investigation.
This is a tragedy of Guyana. Three lives have been lost, and it is back to business as usual.
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