By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – After more than a year of being in operation, and costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars, Attorney General Basil Williams has revealed that the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is not quite finished with its hefty deductions from Guyana’s coffers.
During a recent interview with reporters, the Attorney General disclosed that the CoI’s final session which is expected to last some 5 days will cost some $17M.
Reports indicate that thus far; the inquiry has cost taxpayers $325M, with a lofty $16M going towards a writer, Shaun Michael Samaroo, who was contracted to document the findings of the CoI, by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration.
Williams told reporters that the last session of the inquiry would not be more than five days with two days being dedicated to final hearings and submissions and the remaining three days for the Commissioners to put their findings together.
Minister State Joseph Harmon had related that the CoI would have one final session to wrap up its affairs, thereafter it the commissioners would be allowed one month within which they are to provide the findings to President David Granger.
We are not prepared to go behind that it was money that was approved by the former President for expenditure, we though a lot of money was wasted, but we’re not going to go back on that, we have basically taken a position that we’re going to bring it to an end,” Harmon stated.