Gov’t rebuffs criticisms of Walter Rodney Inquiry
The government’s lead spokesperson at this time Gail Teixeira says it would take some intellectual gymnastics to respond to some of the criticism by the opposition and others of the Commission of Inquiry into the death of historian and political leader Dr Walter Rodney.
Ms Gail Teixeira could not find words today to respond to the Guyana Human Rights Association and its claim that the PPP/C government has set up the Commission of Inquiry into the death of Walter Rodney in 1980. The Association has said the Commission is the worst form of electioneering and could stir up ethnic tensions.
The Commission is facing other criticisms. The main opposition APNU said the appointment of Senior Counsel Seenauth Jairam represents a conflict of interest since he once represented the government in the High Court challenge against cuts to the national budget. Teixeira said the APNU was clutching at straws.
APNU said what the Commission has been tasked with doing represents a witch hunt against the People’s National Congress, which formed the government at the time of Rodney’s assassination. Regarding criticisms that Rodney’s party, the WPA, was not consulted, Teixeira said that was the desire of the Rodney family.