[www.inewsguyana.com] – 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.”
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.
Meanwhile, 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]