September 29, 2016

Report still to reach Parliament

Dr Walter Rodney

Dr Walter Rodney

Rodney CoI findings

Almost a month after it was handed over to Government, the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report has still not left the chambers of Cabinet to be laid in the National Assembly.

Guyana Times understands that Cabinet members have not even begun an in-depth review or discussion on the matter.

The final report of the CoI into the death of Dr Rodney was taken to Cabinet for discussion by President David Granger. The Head of State had said that the Report needed to go there first before it could be sent to the National Assembly for discussion. However, Guyana Times was able to confirm that it was not yet ready for Parliament.

Just recently, the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) revealed that there was overwhelming support for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to release the CoI Report on the death of the renowned Guyanese academic and political figure.

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 three per cent.

Asked if the Government should immediately release the Rodney Report, 88 per cent said “yes” and only three per cent responded “no”, while nine 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.

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