PNCR walkout exercises continue
January 15, 2004
The main opposition PNCR continued yesterday with yet another walk out. This time the party's representatives on the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on the review of public holidays walked out of the Committee meeting on the arrival of Chairman of the Committee, Minister of Home Affairs, Ronald Gajraj.
The party stated last week that it will not take part in functions where the Home Affairs Minister is present. This afternoon's action follows closely on the heels of a walkout by that Party's leader, Robert Corbin, of the swearing in ceremony of the Police Service Commission.
The PNCR's actions come in the wake of allegations made by self-confessed informant George Bacchus that there exists an alleged death squad, allegedly formed by a senior public official, the Home Affairs Minister, to eliminate suspected criminal elements.
Bacchus made these disclosures soon after the fatal shooting of his brother, Shafeek Bacchus last week. He is alleging that his dealings with the alleged killing squad had run afoul and his brother perished after being mistaken for him.
The most recent PNCR position also follows its walk out of the most recent sitting of the National Assembly. Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, believes that Party has prematurely taken a judgmental position, without regard for due process.
Meanwhile, at lest three persons continue to be in Police custody as a result of the Bacchus allegations.
A senior official of the Government believes that the Parliamentary process and Guyana's legislative developments are set to hit a stalemate should the PNCR's premature and immature response to Bacchus' allegations continue.