[www.inewsguyana.com] – Dr Walter Rodney heaped a litany of insults and scorn on then Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, including saying everything he touched turn to “sh*t” but Rodney’s close associate, Eusi Kwayana has said this did not mean a violent plan was being concocted to get rid of the Burnham government.
Basil Williams, Attorney for the PNC – the Party which was in power when Rodney was killed on June 13, 1980 – drew references to Rodney’s speech to prove his notion that Rodney was violently opposed to the Burnham government and planned a series of activities to achieve his end of getting rid of Burnham “by any means necessary.”
“The other evening, speaking at another site, I had to draw an analogy to say that if there ever was such a thing called the Midas touch, which was the touch that made everything turn into gold, then we will have a new creation in this society – the Burnham touch where everything he touches turns to shit,” a recorded speech of Dr Rodney on July 20, 1979 stated.
Williams also referred to another part in the speech in which Rodney called Burnham King Kong and said his place of residence belonged in a zoo and this all demonstrated that he was in “a position of conflict and confrontation” with the Burnham government.
As a helicopter hovered ahead of the venue he was speaking at, Rodney is recorded as saying: “Brothers and sisters, I am aware of the preferred mode of transportation of King Kong.”
Rodney then goes on to refer to the building of a residence for the Prime Minister, saying that Burnham was building a palace “in the midst of the most desperate economic crisis that has ever hit this nation” and that “any sane government would not think about building a palace.”
“But you see, King Kong has decided to build a palace to his ego (laughter) and a monument to his own stupidity. So that he could sit inside and be a monument inside a monument.”
Rodney continued: “One of the brothers in the audience, when we were at Grove yesterday, suggested to us that what was required was to extend the zoo to take I the residence and then we would have one of the most prized exhibits of any zoo in the world (laughter) People would come from all over in the world and pay money to see King Kong.”
Rodney in his speech had said that “the PNC must go” and that they must go “by any means necessary.”
Williams suggested to Kwayana whether Dr Rodney’s speech could not be interpreted to mean that he spoke about a course of violence.
Kwayana responded: “No, I don’t think that is the only inference.” Williams has suggested that Dr Rodney was “tinkering” with the “walkie talkie” outside of the Georgetown prison when it exploded and killed him.
Rodney’s colleagues have suggested that Rodney was killed by the Burnham government.