Sunday, February 14, 2016

No Ink Prevents Publication of Commission Report on Walter Rodney’s Death
February 9, 2016

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 9, CMC – The presentation of the report of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (COI) to President David Granger was delayed on Monday because the ink being used to print the document had finished.

“Commissioner of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry, Sir Richard Cheltenham did not submit the COI Report to President David Granger, as was scheduled to happen today.

“Sir Cheltenham reported that he was unable to make the 12:00 pm scheduled time because he had run out of ink to print the document.  A detailed release will be sent out on the matter shortly,” the Ministry of the Presidency said in a brief statement.

Sir Richard and the two other Commissioners had arrived here last week to complete the writing of the report for its presentation to Granger on Monday.

The report was initially scheduled to have been presented to Granger on November 30, 2015.

The COI had been started during the Donald Ramotar administration’s term, in office.

Rodney, the leader of the social democratic political party, the People’s Working Alliance (PWA), was killed near the Georgetown Prison on June 13, 1980 when a bomb in a walkie talkie was allegedly to him by a Guyana Defence Force electronics expert Sergeant Gregory Smith, exploded in his lap.

At that time, the WPA had been leading a civilian rebellion against what the party had called the Forbes Burnham-led dictatorship of the then People’s National Congress (PNC).

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