By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – With a few days left before the report is completed on the Commission of Inquiry into the assassination of Dr Walter Rodney, General Secretary of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee has warned the APNU+AFC government not to delay the release of the report to the public.
Rohee, at a news conference at Freedom House on Monday, November 23, 2015, noted that the PPP “looks forward with great anticipation to the release of the report to the public and urges the de facto Granger coalition administration not to unnecessarily delay the release of the report to the Guyanese public.”
According to Rohee, any undue delay in releasing the report to the public will be viewed with “deep suspicion and will only add to the already pent up resentment on the part of thousands in Guyana and abroad, who had condemned and opposed the de facto Granger administration’s premature shutting down of the COI.”
Rohee, when reminded that former President Donald Ramotar had refused to release a report into investigations of fraud at the National Communications Network (NCN), said that “two wrongs don’t make a right.”
The Commission has until November 30 to complete and submit its report. The Rodney Commission commenced hearings in 2014 under then President Ramotar. Both the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) parties were represented through the Commission’s 60+ days of hearing.
The WPA and the PNC are currently parties within the APNU bloc of the new coalition Government. Rodney had been the leader of the WPA at the time of his death, during which PNC founder Forbes Burnham was Prime Minister.
Since coming to power after the May 11 General and Regional Elections, the coalition Government had uncovered what has been deemed excessive spending, and cited this as justification for discontinuation of the Rodney CoI.