Tambo Award: The Boiling Pot. What’s In it? – By Eusi Kwayana

Tambo Award: The Boiling Pot. What’s In it?  –  By Eusi Kwayana – Letter

Let me see how I can usefully enter the AWARD discussion.  I do so with the objectives of Justice and Reconciliation.  I want to do so without compromising Justice or endangering reconciliation. There two are the Midwives of a better, more secure, more equal Guyana. Memories (including mine) are shaky. A review of the record may be helpful. Challenges will be welcome as we must clear the air without polluting it.

After the killing of Walter Rodney in an explosion in a car in June, 1980, the administration arrested one person, his brother, and driver at the time of the explosion. The administration invited two UK experts Dr Skuse and Dr Johnson who   prepared reports that can be useful in a trial or Inquiry. Those experts were not qualified, nor required, to investigate guilt. Donald Rodney named as suspect a soldier, whose identity was denied by the Army Chief of Staff, now a government nominee on the Broadcasting Authority Board. His statement was later exposed by the suspect’s neighbour’a woman of great homely courage and keen intelligence who identified the suspect as an active GDF soldier.  The Catholic Standard, not the police, led to investigation and kept the police reacting.

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  • Cyril balkaran  On June 1, 2013 at 2:42 am

    The macabre killing by the explosion of a bomb in the lap of Dr. Walter Rodney has left successive political administrations in Guyana with the blood stains on their administrations. The failure to bring closure to the allegations and involvement of top political men in Guyana has left the pains and scars on the family of the late Historian and also on the family of the alleged assassin Gregory Smith of the GDF. Failure of an investigation has left people to believe that the GDF was the murder tool and weapon of the late President. Walter’s brother was his driver to the scene of the Bomb Explosion that Gregory Smith asked them to meet him with the device. The army vehemently denied that Gregory Smith was a member of staff. He packed his traps and escaped to French Guiana until his death 2 years ago. It is interesting to note that the head of the GDF is on a Government Broadcasting Board.May be a deposition can be taken from him also to be used in a future Inquiry. We all know that dead men tell no tales. Donald Rodney was denied the opportunity before a Magistrate who was ordered to hold a Kangaroo Court in Georgetown. We need to put this matter to rest as in the court of Public Opinion the late President LFSB engineered the death of Walter Rodney through Gregory Smith a paid assassin. He also ordered the murdering of Father Drake of the Catholic Standard by the House of Isarel thugs and Hooligans led by USA fugitive Rabbi Washington?

  • de castro  On June 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Wow wow
    Inspirational reading…Eusi and Cyril thanks …history rewritten.
    Peace and reconciliation was one of Desmond Tu Tu ideas which
    was inspirational in the healing process of racism in his homeland.
    Ghandi Mandella were also inspirational leaders who became/will become
    legends after their exit from our beautiful world…Che and Marley for
    different reasons…..
    Walter Rodney will live forever in the minds and hearts of all those
    who loved him for his political beliefs/expressions.
    There is no doubt that he was assinated but as Cyril added
    dead men tell no tales…however if it was LFSB instructions or
    instigation that prompted a GDF soldier or the GDF commander
    to assinate Walter we may never know….I will leave an open mind
    hoping that the truth prevails and the conspirators exposed.


  • Danny Mason  On June 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    It`s interesting how the ghost of WR still walks among us also we are still speaking of the PNC leadership of yesteryear(LFSB). Guyana presently has one of the worst governments in it`s history….incompetence, thievery and all the ails which are in tandem; instead of trying to hold the present incompetents to be accountable ghosts are still being dug-up so as to distort Guyana`s failed state.

  • de castro  On June 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Sometimes it is best to let sleeping dogs lie….
    We must find it in our hearts to forgive
    but only fools forget.
    LFSB may have been a necessary evil but he was also a leader who
    lived before his time…..but he certainly was a leader.
    Leaders are usually remembered for doing what they believed
    was the best for their followers…..doing what they believe was
    right but they can also make mistakes…..LFSB was such a leader
    if he instigated/influenced the removal of WR.
    We can forgive but never forget.
    My opinion entirely.

  • de castro  On June 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

    And yes 65 MP s to manage a population of less than a million
    speaks volumes….I seldom agree but your comments prompted
    me on second reading..some serious re-thinking politically or
    GUYANA becomes another “failed state” statistic.


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