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Robert Corbin supplied guns to the House of Israel – former member

JUNE 3, 2014 | KNEWS –  By Latoya Giles
In 1978, it was Robert Corbin (Former Opposition Leader for the People’s National Congress) who allegedly supplied six 9mm pistols to the House of Israel religious body to protect themselves against the Working People’s Alliance.
This is the claim of former member of the House of Israel and the Peoples’ National Congress Joe Hamilton. Hamilton who is now a Member of Parliament for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) took to the witness box yesterday as the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry continued. [Read more]


Kwayana says evidence suggests that Gregory Smith was responsible

MAY 30, 2014 | BY KNEWS | By Latoya Giles 

– admits act could have been committed by either of mass-based parties

Veteran Political Activist and Member of the Working People’s Alliance Eusi Kwayana said yesterday that all evidence surrounding the death of Dr. Walter Rodney suggests that Guyana Defence Force Marine Sergeant Gregory Smith was responsible.
According to Kwayana, the way the State acted after Rodney’s death and the “protection” which was given to Smith also showed that they had some involvement.
Kwayana continued giving evidence for the second day as the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry progressed.  
According to Kwayana, during an inquest which was held several years ago, information had come out from a report that said it was clear from the materials which were found on spot, that the bomb could be triggered remotely. [more]

Eusi Kwayana denies that WPA helped Gregory Smith to leave Guyana

MAY 29, 2014 |Kaieteur News– – describes Smith’s book as “fiction to escape guilt” By Latoya Giles—    Veteran political activist Eusi Kwayana yesterday sought to discredit a book written by the late Gregory Smith calling it a fiction to escape guilt. Smith, who is the author of “Assassination Cry of a Failed Revolution” according to several sources including the     [more]


Walter Rodney CoI… PNC Govt. set the stage for killing – Eusi Kwayana

MAY 28, 2014 | By Abena Rockcliffe

The political party which governed Guyana at the time of the death of Dr. Walter Rodney had created the political atmosphere and set the scene, both literally and figuratively, for his assassination. This is the view of Co-founder of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Eusi Kwayana. The 89-year-old Kwayana appeared as  [more]


Burnham “declared war” on WPA – Kwayana tells Rodney Inquiry

May 28, 2014 – Demerara Waves — There appears to be mounting circumstantial evidence that then Peoples National Congress (PNC) administration led by late Forbes Burnham killed Guyanese historian and opposition politician, Dr. Walter Rodney in 1980. Testifying before the Rodney Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday, veteran Guyanese politician and member of the Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) Eusi Kwayana tendered a speech by Burnham to his PNC delegates’ conference in which he had said that someone would have had to die.

Kwayana also noted that based on accounts from residents and shopkeepers in the area, heavily armed police that had usually guarded the four corners of the Georgetown Prisons but had been pulled off about two days before Rodney was killed in a bomb-blast explosion on June 13,1980 on John Street closer to Hadfield Street. At the time he had been seated in the passenger seat of his brother’s, Donald, car. [Read more]


WPA never planned bloody overthrow of PNC govt- Kwayana

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 16:11 – Demerara Waves –Written by  Denis Scott Chabrol

eusi Kwayana

eusi Kwayana

Picture: WPA Co-founder, Eusi Kwayana testifying at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry Founding member of the Working Peoples Alliance (WPA), Eusi Kwayna on Tuesday rejected suggestions that that party had planned to unleash bloody violence to remove the then Forbes Burnham administration from office. Testifying at the Commission of Inquiry into the bomb-in-walkie-talkie death of Dr. Walter Rodney on June 13,1980, Kwayana was explaining the late politician’s utterance that “the PNC must go and by any means necessary”.   Credited with writing the battle/party songs for the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Peoples National Congress and the Working Peoples Aliance (WPA), Kwayana said the WPA had “not exhausted the means of struggle” to make it necessary to resort to violence.  [read more]


Eddie Rodney denies being military adviser to Dr. Walter Rodney

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:03 Written by   – Demerara Waves

Eddie Rodney on Tuesday denied that he was the military adviser to his brother- late Guyanese historian Dr. Walter Rodney-in the operation of explosive devices disguised as walkie-talkies.Dr.Rodney was killed in a bomb-blast death while seated in his brother’s car on June 13, 1980 a short distance from the Georgetown Prison.  Another brother, Donald, was with him at the time.


Rodney COI…PNC/R says PPP has no interest in the pursuit of truth


The People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) is of the view that the recently launched Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (COI) is set to miss the chance to pursue the truth about Dr. Rodney’s death due to the Terms of Reference drafted by the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP). The party outlined through its leader David Granger […]


Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry…-COI Chairman totally surprised at Chronicle newspaper article

MAY 3, 2014 | FILED UNDER NEWS By Latoya Giles

Chairman of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, Sir Richard Cheltenham, said that he was “totally” surprised by an article and headline which was carried by the state run newspaper the “Guyana Chronicle”. The Chairman’s remark was subsequent to a brief address by Attorney at Law, Basil Williams, who brought up the […

—————————————————————————————————- Commentary: The truth about Rodney’s death will be painful

MAY 5, 2014 | BY KNEWS | By Ralph Ramkarran …political atmosphere prior to explosion critical to COI -Ramkarran

“Even though the mandate of the Commission is limited to a certain time frame it cannot arrive at a credible finding unless it understands the atmosphere between 1978 and 1980 and how it was created and developed, namely, by rigged elections, authoritarian rule, violence, intimidation, lack of permission to travel to the hinterland to hold public meetings, deprivation of newsprint and more.” This is according to Senior Counsel and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, who in his latest writings posted on his outlet, weighed in on the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the death of Founder of the Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA) Dr. Walter Rodney.  [Read more]


Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry…Witness denies relative was caught with submachine guns

MAY 4, 2014 |KAIETEUR NEWS  —  By Latoya Giles

Reverend Rueben Gilbert, a witness at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, has said that he was unaware that a family member was arrested following the discovery of a large quantity of arms and ammunition. Gilbert was at the time being cross examined by Attorney at Law Basil Williams. “Is it true that one of your family members …Mr. Eric Gilbert who is a PPP activist had in his home in a bag of rice, sub machine guns, ammunition and several grenades?” Williams asked Gilbert. Gilbert denied having knowledge about the ammo find.  [Read more]


Walter Rodney COI…Friend unaware WPA leader tried to invoke disturbances

MAY 2, 2014 | KAIETEUR NEWS By Latoya Giles

Reverend Reuben Gilbert, the father of PPPC Parliamentarian Kwame Gilbert, said that he was unaware that his now deceased friend Dr. Walter Rodney was trying to accumulate ammunition and tried to invoke disturbances against the then ruling People’s National Congress (PNC). Gilbert, who is an Ethiopian Orthodox priest, was at the […]


 “We Lived in a police state….”…witness tells Rodney Commission

MAY 1, 2014 |KAIETEUR NEWS          – claims to have had premonition about Rodney’s death   By Latoya Giles Reverend Rueben Gilbert yesterday told the Rodney Inquiry that he had a premonition about his friend’s (Walter Rodney) death three days before the explosion which killed him. Gilbert, 78, told the Commission yesterday that he “had a terrible, uncomfortable feeling” that the […]


  Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry…Brother testifies alleged killer linked to ‘House of Israel’ cult

APRIL 30, 2014 |KAIETEUR  NEWS – By Leonard Gildarie –

Claims police turned blind eye to acts of intimidation, beatings The high-profile inquiry into the June 1980 death of Dr. Walter Rodney switched into high gear yesterday, with testimonies of how the Forbes Burnham administration allegedly used the police, and a religious sect it had close relations with, to intimidate […]


Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry…PNC Govt. killed Rodney – Karen de Souza APRIL 30, 2014 | KAIETEUR NEWS   It was the People’s National Congress (PNC) Government led by Forbes Burnham, that killed Dr. Walter Rodney, says prominent activist, Karen de Souza. De Souza, who said she was associated with the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and was arrested numerous times during the late 1970s and early 1980s, made the statement yesterday during her appearance […]  

  ——————————————————————————————————————-  Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry begins work…Several files missing – police testifies APRIL 29, 2014 | KAIETEUR NEWS – By Latoya Giles

Former Officer in Charge of the Special Branch unit of the Guyana Police Force, and now Crime Chief Leslie James, yesterday said that he was unable to locate several files which had covered developments that attracted police attention on and leading up to the death of Walter Rodney. James told the Commissioners […]

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 05/02/2014 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the update.

  • guyaneseonline  On 05/08/2014 at 1:14 pm

    The Rodney Commission and Burnham’s fatal flaw
    I repeat what I wrote in a column weeks ago – that I will not participate in the Rodney Commission of Inquiry. If the inquiry was not set in a political context and in a timeframe where political motives dominate, I would have fervently taken the stand and told what I know, especially the role of two security officials at the time of Walter’s death.
    The PPP, like the police in Northern Ireland, think people are stupid and moronic. The police hauled in Gerry Adams to question him about his role in the murder of a woman by the IRA in 1972. That was forty-one years ago. And they did it just three weeks before an election. Any fool would know that the timing of Adams’s arrest was tied to the election.
    The identical situation exists in Guyana. On the horizon is the inevitability of the local government poll. If postponed, then a general election will be the replacement. Looked at from all angles, the commission was set up in a context of electoral conspiracy by the PPP. Make the PNC look bad, broadcast all the dirty things the Burnham Government did in the period when Walter Rodney was active; tell East Indians that these are the people the AFC is in bed with and bingo! You will win a majority in the national elections.
    Read more….

    • Albert  On 05/08/2014 at 2:44 pm

      One thing in the above article it seem people did not know: Mrs. Jagan was really the one in charge, not Cheddi. I remember an old man at Port Mourant years ago saying the one thing he regret about Cheddi is that he did not marry one of his own Guyanese people. Looking back I wholeheartedly share that view. Guyanese history might have taken a different course.
      My take: Janet came with her own American anger and naïve socialist agenda.

      • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 05/08/2014 at 4:20 pm

        Albert, I share your view that Janet Rosenberg changed the future of Guyana when she married Cheddi Jagan.

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