International Commission of Inquiry launched into death of Walter Rodney – 13th Jun 2013
Dr. Rodney, known as a historian and political activist, was killed on June 13 1980, when a bomb exploded in the car he was traveling in. He was 38 years old at the time.
Rodney’s brother, who suffered injuries during the explosion, claimed that an Army officer named Gregory Smith had given Rodney the bomb which killed him. Smith escaped to French Guiana where he died 11 years ago.
There have been claims that Rodney’s assassination was set up by the Government of Forbes Burnham, whom Rodney was opposed to. Burnham’s party, the PNC, continues to vehemently deny those allegations.
The current Government believes that the matter of how exactly Rodney was killed and by whom needs to be settled once and for all and his family is the one coming up with the information that fueled the decision of the President to set up the International Commission of Inquiry.
After his assassination, Rodney received several honours. Among them, In 1993 the Government of Dr. Cheddi Jagan posthumously gave Rodney the country’s highest National Award, the Order of Excellence and the Walter Rodney Chair in History was established at the University of Guyana.