PPP hopes to see Rodney death enquiry this year

The PPP says it hopes the Commission of Enquiry into the death of scholar and historian Walter Rodney is set up and begins functioning in 2014.

On June 13, 1980 Rodney was killed after a device he was in possession of exploded. Since the incident, theories of who might have killed him and why he was killed have abounded. Rodney, who co-founded the Working People’s Alliance, was in strict opposition to partial politics, and worked against the then Forbes Burnham government.

Because of this the PNC has long been blamed by some sections for Rodney’s death; although the party has denied responsibility. Ultimately, even the best assumptions of what transpired are nothing more than assumptions, and there have long been calls locally, regionally and internationally, for a commission to be set up.

Walter Rodney
Walter Rodney

Speaking at the weekly PPP press briefing yesterday, General Secretary Clement Rohee said that the party is confident that a commission would find the answers which have long been elusive; thereby putting to rest the mystery, suspicion and controversy which surround Rodney’s death.

He said that this would serve to remove this stain which soils Guyana’s political landscape and its image. This commission, he said, is long overdue, noting that the National Assembly passed a motion in 2005 to have it set up.

Last year, President Donald Ramotar announced that steps were being taken to have an international inquiry into the matter set up. During a function in New York last September, he said that an office was being established, staff was being employed, and documents were being compiled. It is unclear what else needs to be done for the commission to become operational.



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