Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, when questioned by a section of the media on the status of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) final report, said that Head of State, President David Granger is the person who has custody of the report and “will read it and decide what he wants to do with it”.
Williams was quoted as saying that there is no need for any hurry and persons will have to wait until the President is ready to address the matter. “What’s the hurry?” he asked.
After a 17-month long investigation, Commissioners in the Inquiry finally handed over the report last Tuesday which presumably details the circumstances that led to the death of Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Founder, Dr Rodney.
The WPA stalwart was killed on the evening of June 13, 1980, when a bomb said to be planted in a communications device exploded while he sat in his brother’s car outside the Georgetown Prisons.
The WPA had always maintained that the leader’s death was well orchestrated by the then People’s National Congress (PNC), led then by Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham. The PNC has always denied this claim.
Seeking to find the truth once and for all, the People’s Progressive Party finally acceded to the numerous requests to have the Inquiry launched.
Back in February 2014, Barbados Queen’s Counsel Richard Cheltenham, along with Jamaican Queen’s Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Trinidad-based Guyanese Senior Counsel Seenath Jairam were sworn in to serve on the panel of the investigation.