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Kwayana: Rodney did not plan violent revolution against Burnham gov’t

Screen shot 2014-05-27 at 8.41.40 PMEusi Kwayana, the man who was a close friend of Dr Walter Rodney today testified as the public hearings into Dr Rodney’s death three and a half decades ago continue.

Eusi Kwayana and Dr Walter Rodney had founded the Working People’s Alliance, a grassroots party which emerged and opposed the policies of the government led by Forbes Burnham at the time.

He sought to clear Dr Rodney of any involvement in violence against the Burnham government, saying that Dr Rodney’s speech advocating the removal of the then PNC party from power by any means necessary was not a call to violence.

Mr Kwayana said neither the WPA nor Dr Rodney was known for violence.

Dr Rodney was killed after a walkie talkie he was carrying exploded near the Camp Street prison in Georgetown on June 13, 1980. Eusi Kwayana continues his testimony on Wednesday. He has submitted a 20-page statement to the Commission of Inquiry.

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