“The People’s National Congress (PNC) has always been viewed as the main culprit responsible for the assassination of Dr. Walter Rodney, withholding the (Commission of Inquiry) Report will not exonerate Granger’s Party from culpability of this heinous crime,” says General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee.
According to Rohee, withholding this very important Report from the public has had the exact opposite effort which the PNC may not have contemplated- a barrage of criticisms and demands from several quarters- to have the CoI Report released.
He stated that there are two attempts at covering-up; firstly, the attempt to cover-up who is indeed responsible for the death of Dr. Walter Rodney and secondly, the attempt at covering up the findings of the Report detailing the circumstances of Dr. Rodney’s assassination.
“One cover up seeks to cover-up the other in a brazen attempt to hide the truth from the Guyanese people. These efforts reveal how a government will resort to petty, unstatesman-like and dishonourable behaviour simply to protect ‘its hero’ and his contemporary underlings from public scrutiny. Every Guyanese know that the PNC never wanted a CoI into the death of Dr. Rodney,” posited Rohee.
The PPP General Secretary declared that his Party has viewed the mounting criticisms of the APNU+AFC Coalition Government as ‘justified’ and fully supports the call for the immediate release of the Report as well as for it to be laid in the National Assembly unconditionally.
Meanwhile, Rohee contended that the Government in justifying its opposition to the CoI selected one specific paragraph (4) of the Terms of Reference of the CoI which the Administration described as “tendentious, malicious and incongruous with TOR (1) and which para (4) states;
“to examine and report on the actions and activities of the State, such as, the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana National Service, the Guyana’s People’s Militia and those who were in command and superintendence of these agencies, to determine whether they were tasked with the surveillance of and the carrying out of actions, and whether they did execute those tasks and carried out those actions against the Political Opposition, for the period 1st January, 1978 to 31st December, 1980.”
According to the PPP General Secretary, in retrospect, it is not surprising why this particular paragraph was chosen especially when account is taken of what obtains today in respect of the make-up of the Presidency, the Ministry of State and the retinue of ex-military officers who now constitute the bulwark of the inner-sanctum of the Granger-led Coalition Administration.
He added that the PPP is therefore urging the Coalition Administration to put an end to ‘this nonsensical behaviour’ which will only end in disaster.