Guyana Elections 2020: Witnesses to violent crimes between 2002-2008 were killed – Granger

 in Demerara Waves – March 1, 2020

Presidential candidate for A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), David Granger says witnesses to major crimes have been extra-judicially killed.

Addressing more than 30,000 supporters at D’urban Park, he suggested that that has made it difficult to solve crimes from 2002 to 2008. “We are trying to get to the bottom of the crime but they kill out all the witnesses. That’s what happened,” Granger told the final 2020 election campaign rally at D’urban Park on Saturday night.

Granger had previously promised to hold commissions of inquiry into the extra-judicial killing of more than 400 mainly Afro-Guyanese, in the Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek massacres. Only the Lindo Creek massacre of eight miners inquiry was conducted but the government is yet to abide by the recommendations.       

The PPP has rejected its complicity in targeting Afro-Guyanese, saying that among the dead were police, soldiers and residents.

One of the prime suspects had been Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan, who was deported last year after serving a jail sentence in the United States (US) for cocaine trafficking. On his arrival, he had been detained under tight security and questioned about two killings, but he was never charged.

Legal sources have said that no witness was willing to come forward, and that there appeared to be legal constraints in the US for a witness, Selwyn Vaughn, to testify and be a State witness against Khan. Vaughn had, in US Court documents, linked Khan to the killings of boxing coach Donald Allison, and Black political and social activist, Ronald Waddell.

In a stirring appeal to his largely Afro-Guyanese support base to vote solidly for APNU+AFC on Monday, Granger reiterated that the then-People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had been complicit in the operation of death squads. “It was during the troubles when they had a minister, using letterhead government stationery, to order computer to go and hunt boys every night,” Granger said.

Khan had been caught at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, with sophisticated equipment geared to intercept mobile phone calls and the location of the callers. A number of guns had also been seized by a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) patrol during that operation.

Then Minister of Health, Leslie Ramsammy had denied authoring a letter to the Spy Shop authorising the purchase of the telecommunications interception equipment. That letter had surfaced in a trial of United States lawyer, Robert Simels.

Across at the PPP’s final rally at Lusignan, a Hindu pandit cast all the blame on the People’s National Congress Reform, in responding to persistent accusations by the government that the PPP “has encouraged criminal activities,” he said

The APNU+AFC presidential candidate is still banking on his achievements in drug trafficking, making death squads a thing of the past, increasing pensions and salaries as well as creating more opportunities for youths to get him re-elected on March 2.

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  • guyaneseonline  On March 1, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Vote to move Guyana forward
    Mar 01, 2020 – Kaieteur News – Eye on Guyana with Lincoln Lewis

    Fellow Guyanese, brothers and sisters. For years I am known to say it as it is. In my heart I cannot stray, nor can I fail you now. We are at the crossroads of our lives where we have to make a decision which direction our steps must take us in order to produce the kind of environment that we can live, grow and prosper peacefully as a united people.

    One where we are bound not only by a common history, but a common today. One that will shape a tomorrow that is brighter and better for generations to come.

    I urge each of you to put aside what divides us. Focus on what unites us, for unity is strength. Focus on a better Guyana where governments and leaders can and must be held accountable. We must approach March 2 with a vision of equal opportunities and even-handed development throughout our communities and regions.

    The narcissistic Mr. Jagdeo obviously cannot offer us that. Leopards do not change their spots nor tigers their stripes. We must vote against his track record, for it is he who is priming himself to run Guyana using Irfaan Ali’s face, to mask his own.
    No mask can hide that obsessive reign; those long years of unmatched, unbridled corruption and relentless organised mayhem in our beloved country.

    No mask can make us forget Minister Satyadeo Sawh and his family, businessmen, policemen, convicted and unconvicted criminals, the rich, the poor, old, and young, Indians, Blacks and others whose lives were callously ended, and the days when the streets of our cherished land were deserted as Guyanese felt terror and fear, and mothers, wives and children wept.

    No mask can hide that Guyana was rapidly being transformed into a narco-militarised state with a government-associated death squad involved in narco turf wars whilst making political mileage.

    We must never forget leaders who showed no value for human life and dignity, and were contemptuous of the judicial system. No leader, no government must determine our physical existence on this earth, or even think that they can! No crime must be better than another. Each alleged criminal must be entitled to his or her day in court.

    The ‘X’ you make is for your future, that of your children, your community and Guyana. It is for your life, your self-respect, and for your neighbour’s life with dignity. Whether that neighbour is next door, in another community or region, whether he or she looks like you or does not look like you. Our safety, our peace lies in the safety and the peace our neighbours are allowed to enjoy.

    Let us give the Coalition Government one more chance to continue the progress they have embarked on. We see clearly where Guyana is heading as much as we know and recall the depths of criminality, fear and bloodshed where we came from.
    Let your ‘X’ truly count to move Guyana forward.

    As a trade unionist, this is my message to all workers of Guyana and their families.

    (The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kaieteur News.)

    • Emanuel  On March 1, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      I hear your clarion call, Brother Lewis.

      Jagdeo must never get behind the wheel again.

      It is time for this man to walk away from public life, once and for all,


      • Linda  On March 2, 2020 at 8:17 am

        Emanuel he will never walk away. He’s obsessed with power and now that the oil has started to pump, even more reason why he wants to get behind the wheel again. Hopefully Guyanese of all races will see him for what he is.

  • ANTICONQUISTA  On March 2, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Only socialism can help our peoples

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