People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee believes certain executive members of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) such as Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, David Hinds, Dr Clive Thomas and Dr Maurice Odle have lost all right to speak glowingly about Dr Walter Rodney.
In observation of the 36th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Rodney on Monday, Rohee strongly criticised those persons for betraying his legacy by now being staunch affiliates of the People’s National Congress-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.
“Those who shamefully pretend to be Rodney worshippers and admirers must be exposed for what they are; no more than a cabal of
pretenders and hypocrites who have long betrayed Dr Rodney’s legacies, having sold themselves like Judases for handsome monetary rewards and perks handed to them by those who have Rodney’s blood on their hands,” Rohee declared during his weekly press conference at Freedom House.
The politician discredited the messages those individuals released in memory of Dr Rodney in observance of this day. According to Rohee, their “high sounding” messages are nothing but duplicitous.
In this regard, he posited that the best way to commemorate Dr Rodney’s death anniversary would be for the government to lay the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report in the National Assembly for debate.
“The PPP supports the findings in the Report and will reject any attempt to either water-down the recommendations or denigrate those who contributed to the Commission’s work,” he stated.
PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had signalled her intentions to lay a motion in the National Assembly for there to be a debate on the report’s findings and for the House to adapt the recommendations made in the report in an effort to prevent any future recurrence of what took place when Dr Rodney was murdered.
The recent CoI report confirmed the long-held belief that the PNC government was the mastermind of the assassination of Dr Rodney.
Government officials however have since contended that the findings of the report are severely flawed.
President David Granger and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams have both discredited the findings, indicating that there was some agenda to target the People’s National Congress (PNC).
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