“Granger must take the COI stand”; PPP asserts APNU leader may have “skeletons in his closet”

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By Jomo Paul

General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee and Leader of the Opposition, David Granger.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – While A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Presidential Candidate David Granger has reaffirmed that he will not be taking the stand at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (COI), the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) reiterated its call for the Opposition Leader to do so.

General Secretary of the PPP/C, Clement Rohee at a press conference on March 02, contended that Granger is being “conveniently selective” as it relates to issues and “deliberately withholding important information from his constituents which could serve to incriminate him and his Party and in the process do further damage to his electoral ambitions.”

Rohee said that the Opposition Leader should justify his reluctance to appear before the COI and explain his role as an officer of the Guyana Defence Force.

“Is it that he is afraid of the many skeletons in his closet that would be exposed and therefore destroy his presidential ambitions? Or is it a case of cold dismissal of the public demands for answers regarding his and his army’s role in the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney?” questioned Rohee.

Rohee also claimed that the political opposition speaks to matters of transparency, accountability and bringing an end to narco-trafficking and money laundering by the political opposition is “nothing but hot air when seen against the background of the PNC’s stubborn refusal to lend support to the anti-money laundering bill.”

He alleged that the AML/CFT Bill presented to the National Assembly in 2014 “was killed by the APNU/AFC coalition because of narrow partisan interests and drug barons aligned to the two opposition parties.”

However, when probed by reporters about the allegations of drug linkages and the possibility of a report being made, Rohee who is also Home Affairs Minister said that such was not done.

He said he is hoping that the Commissioner of Police would take note of the Party’s statements and act on them.