September 30, 2016

Heightened support for official release of Rodney CoI report

NACTA polls
The ongoing opinion survey conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) revealed that there is overwhelming support for the A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) government to release the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report into the death of Guyanese academic and political figure Dr Walter Rodney.
The findings of the poll, conducted by Dr Vishnu Bisram, are based on random interviews with some 1230 individuals comprising 43 per cent Indians, 30 per cent Africans, 17 per cent mixed, 9 per cent Amerindians and 1 per cent others.
The data was analysed at a 95 per cent confidence level with a marginal error of 3 per cent.
Asked if the government should immediately release the Rodney Report, 88 per cent said “yes” and only 3 per cent responded “no” while 9 per cent was unsure.
There have been mounting calls from local personalities for the release of the report.
After discrediting the contents of the document, President David Granger promised to release the report after Cabinet completed its perusal.
Meanwhile, the NACTA survey also found that a majority of voters do not believe the APNU/AFC agreement has been working well.
Another popular opinion was the disappointment with President Granger and the leadership of the AFC for failing to honour the promises made during the General and Regional Elections campaign to not close down any sugar estates and to pay up to $9000 per bag of paddy.
Queried on whether they feel the AFC/APNU coalition agreement has been working well, some 54 per cent said “no” with 6 per cent said “not sure”.
Some 55 per cent of the voters say they are disappointed (as compared with 40 per cent who are not) with the behaviour of the AFC leadership in not insisting on the enforcement of the terms of agreement made with the APNU (PNC) a year ago to form the pre-election coalition especially with regards to governance.
Asked if they think Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan have betrayed sugar workers and rice farmers, 54 per cent replied “yes” with 39 per cent saying “no” and 7 per cent not offering a response.
The polls also found that some 99 per cent of rice farmers and sugar workers (and farmers in general) say Nagamootoo and Ramjattan betrayed them and were not protecting their interests. The same percentage of farmers also says the AFC/APNU coalition agreement is not working well and that the AFC leadership has disappointed them in not insisting on the enforcement of the coalition terms of agreement.
Asked if they think the government is abusing the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), some 63 per cent said “yes” with 21 per cent saying “no” and 16 per cent “not sure”.
In fact, many respondents believe the government is using SOCU to target (harass and intimidate) political opponents and business person, who are affiliated with the Opposition.
Queried whether they feel Guyana is heading for a return to dictatorial rule, 51 per cent answered in the affirmative with 42 per cent saying “no” and 7 per cent “not sure”.
Many people feel recent actions of the government and SOCU are reminiscent of the period of “Burnhamite governance”.

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