Commissioners on Rodney’s COI conduct preliminary work

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – The three Caribbean Jurists, Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam, and Queen’s Counsel, Richard Cheltenham and Jacqueline Samuels-Brown on Tuesday, March 18 met with different groups as they continue to conduct preliminary work into the death of Dr Walter Rodney.

 PPP/C General Secretary, and Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee and PPP Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha meeting with the Walter Rodney COI Commissioners.
PPP/C General Secretary, and Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee and PPP Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha meeting with the Walter Rodney COI Commissioners.

According to the Government Information Agency, the team met with PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee and the party’s Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha at Freedom House, Robb Street, followed by officials of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) at the CritchlowLabour College and some religious leaders later in the day at the Family Court building.

It was noted that the team is here for a brief visit as part of its preliminary work before the start of the inquiry.President Donald Ramotar established the Commission of Inquiry (COI) in June last year, on the occasion of Dr. Rodney’s 33rd death anniversary as per request by his family members. The commissioners were sworn in on February 25 last.

The Walter Rodney COI Commissioners, Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam, Queen’s Counsel, Richard Cheltenham and Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown interacting with a team during their visit at the Critchlow Labour College
The Walter Rodney COI Commissioners, Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam, Queen’s Counsel, Richard Cheltenham and Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown interacting with a team during their visit at the Critchlow Labour College

The commission is hoping to have over 100 witnesses coming forward in a process that will be open to the public and the press.Dr. Rodney, of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), who was a political challenger to the then Forbes Burnham administration was killed on June 13, 1980 when an explosive device that was concealed in a walkie talkie radio detonated.

The device was said to have been given to him by a former GDF Sergeant who later fled to French Guiana where he remained in exile until his death several years ago.

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