Leaders who politicise Berbice tragedy “equally poisonous, disgraceful” – ANUG Chairman

Timothy Jonas
Timothy Jonas

Political leaders who seek to politicise the recent gruesome murders of the two Berbice teens are “disgraceful” and should be rejected as they are ultimately attempting to further divide the country.

This is according to Chairman of A New and United Guyana (ANUG), Timothy Jonas, who, during a recent interview on Globespan, slammed certain politicians for using the incident to rely on “their own race-based politics to try to play tit-for-tat.”

“Anybody who tries to politicise this and say APNU or PPP (was responsible), those people are equally poisonous…because when you are in the backdam and you catch two youngsters…you are not concerned about who is President and who is not President, you are acting on race, you are not acting on politics.

“So don’t let’s politicise this, let us catch the people who did it, let us fix our society and let us reject the politicians who try to politicise this and divide us further,” Jonas asserted.

According to the ANUG Chairman, who is also a lawyer by profession, the police should have been able to have the confidence of the public so that they could have ventured into the villages and get crucial information that would have allowed them to solve the crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“When somebody goes into the backdam, as these youngsters did, and this result happens, there is one thing left for us to do; we have to try as quickly as professionally and as effectively as possible to catch the murderers and to bring them to justice,” Jonas posited.

He argued: “what happened at Cotton Tree are hate crimes, they are race-based crimes” and the efforts by the politicians to politicise it is not in the best interest of the nation.

The badly-mutilated bodies of 16-year-old Isaiah Henry and 19-year-old Joel Henry of West Coast Berbice (WCB) were discovered almost one day after they went missing.