Former President Donald Ramotar believes the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is sending clear signals that it is preparing to reject the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report.
“Unfortunately from the beginning, the APNU/PNC-led Government showed great hostility to Rodney. They brought the inquiry to a pre-mature end after millions were already spent on this project. They seem uninterested in getting to the truth or afraid to have the truth exposed,” Ramotar stated.
Ramotar, who had initially launched the CoI into the death of Dr Walter Rodney, issued a statement on Wednesday, registering his disappointment in the way the coalition Administration handled the entire situation. “I am extremely disturbed and disappointed at the way the APNU/AFC regime has treated the Commission of Inquiry,” he stated.
Given its consistent negative reactions towards the CoI from the inception, Ramotar said he strongly believes the Government is prepared to reject the report.
He explained when he established the CoI, his hope was to bring closure to the horrible episode in Guyana’s history and heal the wound to the nation’s conscience.
Additionally, he said it was aimed at bringing closure to Dr Rodney’s family.
He highlighted that the circumstances surrounding Rodney’s death has left a gaping wound in the conscience of the Guyanese society and it has also damaged the reputation of our country among democratic and peace loving people in the world.
“In bringing closure, I had hoped that bringing out the truth would have helped to heal many of the rifts that exist in our society,” Ramotar stated.