Harmon seeking answer on cost of Rodney inquiry

APNU MP Joseph Harmon has tendered a question to Parliament on the cost of the Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) considering that it has now been reported that proceedings may extend up to December.

In the question dated June 18, Harmon adverted to the fact that both the 2013 and 2014 budgets contained provisions for the Commission of Inquiry into the death of WPA co-leader Dr Walter Rodney.

Harmon noted that in the commission appointing the inquiry issued by President Donald Ramotar on February 6, it was mandated that the CoI would issue its reports, findings and recommendations within four months or such time as might be directed by the President.

Harmon noted that the four months have since elapsed and counsel to the commission Glen Hanoman has been reported as saying that the CoI will not complete its work by December this year.

Harmon is therefore asking Minister of Finance Dr Ashni Singh how much money has been spent so far and how much is projected to be spent by the end of the CoI. The CoI has expended money on bringing witnesses from abroad among other things.

Political observers have expressed surprise that the CoI will go on for as long as December considering that thus far very little information, much less evidence has been presented in relation to the death of Rodney. Analysts see the CoI being used by the PPP/C government for propaganda purposes. Hearings will resume next week with several PPP/C officials to testify.

Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Windies chasing 271 after pegging back Aussies

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Captain Jason Holder and fellow fast bowler Shannon Gabriel both grabbed two wickets each as West Indies managed to limit Australia to 270 for nine in the final of the Tri-Nations Series here Sunday.

default placeholder

Gov’t sets out bid protest procedures

Following the setting up of a Bid Protest Committee (BPC), the Ministry of Finance today unveiled the procedures that bidders who are dissatisfied with how a contract has been awarded, must follow to have the award reviewed.

default placeholder

Eye care specialists to meet in Barbados next month

Eye care specialists from across the Anglophone, Dutch and Spanish-speaking Caribbean, North America and Europe will converge in Barbados in July for the 27th Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies (OSWI).

default placeholder

Cases being built against drug kingpins

Outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy here, Bryan Hunt has urged patience as it relates to indictments of local drug barons saying that cases are being built in the background that can guarantee convictions.

St Paul’s Anglican Church in Aurora

Aurora Village (Part 2)

Things in Aurora Village are much livelier than in Aurora Estate. Women walk in and out of the health centre with babies hanging from their hips; policemen stand outside the police station bracing against a wooden rail as they talk amongst themselves and shouts of chatter from children playing fill the air.

A Cessna 206 – the model of the planes flown out of Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle yesterday

Probe launched into illegal Cessna flights from Ogle

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) yesterday launched an investigation into the illegal flights of two aircraft from the Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle, East Coast Demerara.

default placeholder

Broke City Hall seeks gov’t bailout

Debt-ridden City Hall has approached the government for a bailout after undertaking several Golden Jubilee projects it did not budget for.

Trevon Thomas

Youth of Guyanese parentage dies in BVI boat accident

A young man of Guyanese parentage died tragically in Tortola, British Virgin Islands around 10:00 hrs yesterday when the speedboat he was in hit rough waters and capsized.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: