Kwayana defends Wlater Rodney against claims of a violent revolution
Long time political activist Eusi Kwayana today continued his testimony at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry. He continued to suggest that there was no plan by Dr Rodney to launch a violent revolution against the Burnham government.
Eusi Kwayana’s real name was Sydney King, but he changed his name to the one he now has, meaning Black Man of Guyana. His political activism with Dr Walter Rodney gave birth to the Working People’s Alliance over dissatisfaction with the policies and practices of the then Burnham government. As an international Commission of Inquiry tries to determine how exactly Rodney was killed, Kwayana defended Rodney against suggestions that he planned to overthrow Burnham through violence. A walkie talkie Dr Rodney had in his possession exploded a short distance away from the Camp Street prison, but Kwayana dismissed suggestions that he was in that location because he planned any mischief at the prison.
Kwayana testified that two days prior to Rodney’s death, soldiers usually posted around the prison were removed.
Kwayana will be cross-examined on Thursday. Dr Rodney was killed on June 13, 1980.