PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana Tuesday, August 31, 2004




On Monday, August 30, 2004, the Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform and of the Parliamentary Opposition, Mr. Robert Corbin, M.P. and a delegation from the Party visited the family of nine year-old Christine Sookra of Coldingen, East Coast Demerara, who was shot and killed by bandits on the evening of Friday, August 27, 2004.

The Party’s delegation included Mr. Winston Murray, MP and Chairman of the Party; Ms. Volda Lawrence, MP and Director of the Human Services Department of the Party; Mr. Basil Williams, MP, and Vice-Chairman of the Party; Mr. Stanley Ming, MP, Director of Economic Ventures and Special Advisor to the Party Leader on Economic issues and Ms. Supriya Singh, Director of the Party’s Public Communications Unit.

Mr. Corbin also visited and spoke with other residents of the Community. Residents recounted their traumatic experiences during the attacks by heavily-armed bandits. The residents were very concerned over the lack of facilities such as electricity supply and police security and urged Mr. Corbin to assist in whatever way possible.

The PNCR continues to advocate for a proper menu of short and medium-term measures to deal with the root causes of the crime situation. For one, the police must do all within their power to win the confidence and cooperation of those citizens who may have useful information about the perpetrators of these wantom acts.

Mr. Corbin undertook to seek a meeting with the Commissioner of Police to discuss the situation.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday, August 31, 2004