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That Rodney Inquiry – commentary

That Rodney Inquiry

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 | BY  | FILED UNDER EDITORIAL

Mr. Eusi Kwayana informed this newspaper  (see letter below), and the Guyanese people, via its letter pages that he was contacted on whether he would be willing to offer testimony on an Inquiry into the killing of Dr Walter Rodney on June 13, 1980. He replied in the affirmative. We are pleased, and all Guyanese should also be, that the Government evidently is going ahead with its commitment made at the last anniversary of the historian’s killing, to institute an International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the issue.

The Guyanese nation needs closure on the killing of this son of Guyana, who is perhaps the only one to have achieved such worldwide recognition. His family has been agitating for such closure for years. After Rodney’s death which was caused by the explosion of what he was told was a “walkie talkie”, the PNC invited two UK experts, Dr Skuse and Dr Johnson to investigate the tragic incident that occurred outside the Georgetown Prison. However, they were not required to pronounce on culpability, and in any event, the full report was never released. Skuse was later disgraced in the UK for several flawed “findings”.  Continue reading

Burnham to be honoured with Oliver Tambo Award

Burnham to be honoured with Oliver Tambo Award

April 18, 2013 · By Stabroek News · 36 Comments

Late Guyanese President Forbes Burnham is to be honoured by the South African government with the Oliver Tambo Award.

The award, established in 2002, is conferred on foreign nationals (Heads of State and Government) and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. During the 1970s and 1980s, under Burnham’s leadership Guyana played a leading role among third world countries in opposing apartheid in South Africa and helping liberation movements in southern Africa.

LFS Burnham

Forbes Burnham

The following press release was today issued on behalf of his family:

“Ms. Roxane Van West Charles will be traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa to accept the Oliver Tambo Award (Gold), which was conferred on her father, the late President L F S Burnham by President Zuma. She will be accompanied by her sister, Dr. Francesca Onu, and her husband, Dr. Richard Van West Charles. The award ceremony will take place on the 27th April.  Continue reading