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Guyana: No Politics in Rodney Commission of Inquiry

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Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News

CMC – President Donald Ramotar has said that there is no politics in the convening of a commission of inquiry into the death of political activist, Dr Walter Rodney.

“This is purely a Presidential Commission. I responded to the heartfelt cry of Mrs Rodney [widow of Dr Rodney], who is advancing in age, and who wants to get some answers,” the President said Thursday.

Dr Walter Rodney – at the time a leader of the political group, Working People’s Alliance – died in a mysterious bomb blast outside the Georgetown Camp Street Prisons on June 13, 1980.

His widow currently lives in the United States.

Ramotar convened the Commission of Inquiry to probe the circumstances leading to the death of Rodney, in what is regarded by some as an assassination.

“This is not a political issue at all,” he said. “At no time did we discuss the Commission at any level of the [governing] People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)”.

The hearing before the Commission began on April 28 and is now adjourned to June 23.

The President is confident that the Commissioners, comprising Barbadian, Sir Richard Cheltenham as Chairman, Jacqueline Samuel-Brown of Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Seenath Jairam, are professional and will preside over the Inquiry with judicial impartiality, fairness and professional integrity.

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