In Georgetown, Guyana, the Justice for Walter Rodney Committee said that now that President David Granger has commented on the findings of the report into the death of Caribbean historian and activist Walter Rodney it was incumbent upon him to release it to the public. [Also see previous post Commission of Inquiry into the Assassination of Walter Rodney.]
The committee which had been closely following the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Rodney’s death, chided the President for blasting the CoI on Wednesday for believing the evidence of a convict and asked whether in Granger’s view that “all hearsay is out of place or only if a convict is the witness”.
It also criticised the President over his remark that former Crime Chief Cecil `Skip’ Roberts was not allowed to testify before the CoI even though he had been brought to the country at taxpayers’ expense. The Committee said that it wished to remind the President that it was he who had curtailed the inquiry and thereby prevented the further taking of testimony.
Analysts say that Granger’s attack on the CoI report has to be seen in the context of the hostility of his party, the PNCR, to its work and also the historic contention from many sectors of society that it was the then PNC Leader and Prime Minister Forbes Burnham who had been behind Rodney’s killing.
A key finding of the CoI was that there was a conspiracy involving the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Police Force and others to kill Rodney and that Burnham had to be aware of it. The CoI report also contended that the army, police and others tried to cover the tracks of Rodney’s likely killer, then coastguardsman, Gregory Smith. [. . .]