Lusignan Massacre victims remembered; AG warns families of those who politicise the crime

Minister Juan Edghill with survivors of the Lusignan massacre, 12 year-old Roberto Thomas and his mother and another brother after the memorial service.
Minister Juan Edghill with survivors of the Lusignan massacre, 12 year-old Roberto Thomas and his mother and another brother after the memorial service.

[] – Yesterday marked seven years since 11 persons were cold bloodedly killed in Lusignan, as they slept in their homes in the wee hours of January 26, 2008.

As has been the norm since the horrendous incident, the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) hosted a commemorative observance, at Grass Field, Lusignan in honour of those murdered.

Gunmen had invaded the homes of five families and murdered Clarence Thomas, 48; Vanessa Thomas, 12; Ron Thomas, 11; Mohandan Goordat, 32; Seegopaul Harilall, 10; Seegobin Harilall, 4; Dhanwajie Ramsingh, 52; Seecharran Rooplall, 56; Raywattie Ramsingh, 11; Shazam Mohammed, 22; and Shaleem Baksh, 52.

Chairperson of the event, IAC Executive Member Neaz Subhan in his remarks said the event is held yearly to ensure that the memories of the horrific incident are not banished into the dustbins of history, as many would wish. He said the IAC will keep this event alive as each commemoration ceremony is done in consultation with the families who lost their loved ones.

Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General Anil Nandlall riterated the importance for citizens to hold fast to the lessons learnt from this incident.

What is unfortunate seven years later, Minister Nandlall said, is the fact that the wounds are reopened afresh by those who seek to politicise such a horrible event for their own political gains.

“To my horror I saw in a newspaper in this country, a political advertisement, an advertisement from a political party that used this tragedy where innocent children and their parents were slaughtered while they were asleep and made that the subject of a political advertisement for election.”

Minister Anil Nandlall, addressing the gathering at the IAC’s 7th Lusignan massacre anniversary at Grass Field, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara
Minister Anil Nandlall, addressing the gathering at the IAC’s 7th Lusignan massacre anniversary at Grass Field, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara

Deeming the advertisement, an insensitive one, Minister Nandlall said it is unbelievable coming from a group which is aspiring to take the leadership of Guyana.

The Minister called on citizens to use this tragedy to derive some knowledge so that no other community will ever suffer the fate of what transpired seven years ago. The Minister also sought to point out the role some of these leaders played in having those charged for the crimes acquitted in the courts.

“What happened here demonstrated without a shadow of a doubt that crime, when it raises its ugly head amongst us, and in our communities, is not necessarily crime driven by a criminal motive, this community here and the people who were slaughtered in 2008 are among the poorest in our country.”

He added that it was clear that those who carried out the act had a clear motive for definite reason.

Lusignan 1Meanwhile, Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Juan Edghill who also attended the event called on all Guyanese to beware of those who seek to justify that which is unjustifiable as, “No amount of justification by anyone, no amount of seeking to re-write history can change the fact that a wrong was done. What happened here in Lusignan was wrong, it will always be wrong and nobody can change the fact that it was wrong.”

He noted that all Guyanese must be reminded that there were those who condemned the act, but there were some who sought to justify it as though the victims had done something to deserve what they received. [Extracted and modified from GINA]





  1. Mr Salim, I have that RIGHT to comment on those things/issues that I am interested in and knowledgeable about. At the same time, I am always conscious of other issues that occur on a daily basis including those of the past. That’s why there is a subject called HISTORY and I do not look at history only from chronological order as they occurred but from a ”why” and ”what”. In short, a causative approach. I do my research from different sources

  2. Its hard to live with the truth, Jai try this i am what i say i am, unlike you who are ashamed to be who you are. I am a proud member of the GPF,not like you two brother trying to be Police saying they is a traffic cop and the other fool trying to thief kids phone, you ppl not shame of how low you can get. I am watching you.

  3. Talk is free, so go on trying to defend your criminal PPP crabs ,,your problem is you are hoping all indians are stupid like you, Sad to say you suffer from one thing, DEAD BRAIN syndrome, hold your breath and come election day you will suffer, You and the rest of lick mouth jackasses still cant answer a direct question. Should your non race PPP give the 2 top position to two black eg Benn as PM and Sam or Juan Edghill as president you wont be a crab anymore ,,dick brain,,,,

  4. Andrew, My black brother is definitely not the teachable type. The phantom killer is so deprave that he doesn’t even know that he’s a negro, the fraudster claim to be an Indian and a serving member of the police force while pointing his nail clubbing fingers at the police. It’s time the PNC present their facts/evidence for all their wicked and false accusations.
    Andrew, seems to be suffering from about seven different types of syndrome.
    Andrew, is definitely suffering with dysthymic disorder, clinical depression, obsessive- compulsive disorder, and schizoaffective disorder, and doesn’t even know it. Poor thing.

  5. Minister Slymongoose denial is what all Guyanese living in. Blogs from you sound a lot more along the race line,you ppl only blog on what is in the past. Blog on the crime,drunk drivers,all the accidents,and so many topics posted in Inews everyday, the ppl you and many others support have done far worst crimes and smile about it. Guyana will change for better or worst come elections. God is watching. Thank you

  6. Thank the stats you attended school, the truth hurts, the flag was draped on a criminal, thanks to the PNC,so what. You still not asking for the Fine man diary to be publish. All you lying cockroaches going to fool the families and hoping they will vote for the very ppl that mastermind the killings, stupidmongoose, you and your friends should not talk about race, my blogs are directed at brain dead ppl like you so who cares about full stop ? , or how the truth is told, I have very little time to blog but i take pride in the truth, TICKS like you suck on facts. The blood of the Guyanese ppl. The 11th of may will be the date,

  7. What an idiotic post/comment by Andrew. Are in denial? Who wrapped the national flag on the coffin on the murderer Blackie London? Who declared Fine Man and his gang of murderers Freedom Fighters? Which members of a certain political party were the only ones allow safe passage to enter Buxton? WHO IS THIS ANDREW WHO CANNOT EVEN WRITE A SIMPLE SENTENCE AND HAS NO UNDERSTANDING OF PUNCTUATION? jUST A FULL BLOWN RACIST

  8. I see 3 creeps lawless ppl Edghill,Anil,and the Macaw,,,Shame on them ,,tell those ppl how close ties to the killers, publish Fine Man diary the COP got it,,nothing to hide nothing to fear,,let the ppl know who had ties to the gang,,


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