PNCR CONDEMNS KILLING OF DWEIVE KANT RAMDASS BY RANKS OF THE GDF: CALLS ON GDF TO REIN IN WAYWARD RANKS--PRESS RELEASE Wednesday 26 August 2009




The People’s National Congress Reform unreservedly condemns the killing of twenty-three years old Dweive Kant Ramdass by three ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in the Essequibo River on the 20 August 2009. The Party extends its sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of this young man. The manner in which this young Guyanese citizen was killed, speaks volumes about the extent to which rogue elements in the security forces are out of control. It also emphasises the fact these elements are under the misapprehension that they are above the law, when they, in fact, should be its guardians.

The killing of young Ramdass by ranks of the GDF exposes the criminality within ranks of our security forces, a worrying development to which the PNCR had several times adverted at its Press Conferences. The Party had warned that if this situation was not brought under control, the integrity of the Force as one of the primary agencies for the upholding of the law would be completely undermined. The Party hopes that the Courts of Guyana and the Chief of Staff will ensure that the rogue elements in the GDF are reined in and that Justice is served.

The PNCR commends President Jagdeo for his speedy condemnation of the GDF over this most dastardly act. However, we expect that the President will exhibit the same speed in having the Lindo Creek massacre investigation reopened, based on the latest revelations. This latest evidence vindicates Mr. Arokium’s firmly held position, that the killing of his workers and relatives at Lindo Creek could not have been done by Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins, as alleged by the Jagdeo Administration, but by ranks of the GDF.

The killing of Dweive Ramdass shows once again that ranks of the GDF are involved in illegal activities. The torturing of our citizens is another area where such illegalities have gone unpunished, giving rise to an appearance of immunity for any acts committed by these out-of-control ranks. The PNCR, therefore, wishes to remind ranks of the GDF that International Law no longer excuses a soldier for illegal acts merely because it was in pursuit of an order from a superior. All soldiers are now answerable for their illegal acts, especially for acts of torture.

The PNCR calls upon the Chief Of Staff to give a direct assurance to the Nation that he is taking action to curb the activities of these unruly and wayward band of soldiers and to explain what measures he will be implementing in this direction.


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Wednesday 26 August 2009