- Brigadier (Ret'd) David GrangerPresident of Guyana
Allow the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Two More Weeks to Hear Key Witnesses
Guyana’s President Granger’s coalition is refusing a mere two more weeks for the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (WRCOI) to unearth the truth - after 34 years of evasion. The assassination of Guyana’s pre-eminent historian and scholar-activist Dr Walter Rodney in 1980 remains Guyana’s most traumatising political murder. A proper investigation was evaded by both political regimes, until 2014, when the formal Commission started work. Now the new coalition government seeks to frustrate the proper completion of this long-awaited inquiry as more key witnesses die, records disappear, evidence degrades. And we forget. That’s why we started this petition.
Sign to help us reach 1000 signatures by 31st October to pressure Granger’s coalition to allow the WRCOI two weeks requested to hear remaining key witnesses and properly complete its task.
This plea is supported by all three commissioners, the lawyers representing Rodney’s party the Working People’s Alliance, his brother Donald Rodney in whose car the fatal bomb was detonated, and the rest of the Rodney family. A new dispensation for the Commission could resolve previous abuses not of the Commission’s making.
Guyana needs and deserves a proper inquiry into this atrocity to promote its healing and reconciliation.
For more information:
Justice for Walter Rodney Facebook group of the Justice for Walter Rodney Committee, with video testimony from and background on the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry
“Government ministers should not disparage and denigrate it; Cabinet should govern.” Statement issued by the Justice for Walter Rodney Committee on the halting of the WRCOI, 1 September 2015.
- President of Guyana
Brigadier (Ret'd) David Granger
Walter Rodney's 1980 assassination remains a most traumatising political murder in Guyana's history. A proper investigation into the death of the pre-eminent scholar, historian, activist and author of How Europe Underdeveloped Africa was evaded by both the largely Afro-Guyanese supported PNC and Indo-Guyanese supported PPP governments until 2014, when the formal WRCOI started work.
Rodney’s political teaching exposed the exploitative nature Guyana’s historic ethnic Indian/African conflict. His renowned work and legacy in Guyana endured sufficiently to curb racial voting for the first time in 50 years, thus enabling the win of the new David Granger cross-racial coalition government. Yet Guyana’s new government has refused to allow the Commission a final two weeks to complete the investigation for transparently political reasons.
We demand that the Commission be allowed to finish its long-awaited task and particularly, to hear from the remaining key witnesses.
This plea has been supported by all three commissioners, the lawyers representing Rodney’s party the Working People’s Alliance, his brother Donald Rodney and the rest of the Rodney family. A new dispensation for the Commission could resolve previous abuses. All Guyanese need and deserve a completed inquiry into this atrocity, both to unearth the truth and to promote healing and reconciliation.
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