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National Assembly began debating an opposition motion of no confidence

The National Assembly on Wednesday evening began debating an Opposition motion of no confidence in Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee. The Opposition’s contention is that the Minister who holds responsibility for the police force ought to accept responsibility too for the police force’s action at last Wednesday’s Linden protest. Three persons were shot dead when the police opened fire on a protesting crowd.

Opposition Leader David Granger who moved the no confidence motion made it clear to the National Assembly that the people of Guyana can no longer depend on Minister Rohee to overlook their protection.

The post mortem examination carried out on the bodies of the 3 protestors who were killed confirmed that the men were all shot with live rounds. Two were shot to the chest, one was shot to the back. The Opposition Leader who is a Retired Army Commander said it is clear that the action was more than irresponsible.

Alliance for Change Member, Cathy Hughes in her presentation said the shootings were no accident since the autopsies revealed all of the men were shot to the upper body.

Guyana’s Attorney General Anil Nandall turned to the law books to remind the national assembly that the Ministers of Government are appointed by the President and it is the President and not the National Assembly who would decide on their removal. PPP Member of Parliament Odinga Lumumba said removing Rohee would not solve the problems at Linden.

The debate is expected to continue next Monday. The Home Affairs Minister who sat through last evening’s debate buried himself in writings and notes for most of the debate, hardly glancing over at the speakers. He has indicated that he does not intend to take responsibility for the police force’s action at Linden since he was not there and didn’t shoot anyone.

There have been calls by a number of groups and organization for his removal from office even as a commission of inquiry into the shooting is to be set up.

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