PRESS RELEASE People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Monday, April 26, 2004

The People's National Congress Reform is gravely concerned over the reported arson attempt at the Home Affairs Ministry last evening (Sunday April 25, 2004). We urge the Commissioner of Police and other responsible Agencies to undertake a thorough investigation into this matter.

The PNCR has, since the George Bacchus revelations called, for an independent and impartial inquiry into the alleged involvement of the Home Affairs Minister in the operations of State-sponsored death squads in Guyana. The Party has also demanded the removal of the Minister to enable a transparent investigation into the existence of these death squads.

The PNCR has made no secret of its intention to engage in all forms of legitimate protests to persuade the authorities to hold this inquiry. Our peaceful protest activities include: picketing exercises; protest marches; and public meetings, all of which have been orderly and without incident.

Several spokespersons for the PPP/C have been stridently predicting violence arising from the PNCR’s present campaign for the Rule of Law to be restored in Guyana. Even as this Press Release is being prepared, news has come to hand that a mysterious fire has destroyed a dormitory building at the President’s College Complex at Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara.

These developments all seem to fit into a pattern, which is consistent with the modus operandi of the PPP/C regime, whereby fires break out mysteriously at public entities whenever an investigation is called for. Immediate examples include:

• The fire at the Ministry of Works, after the stone scam was exposed and an audit was being undertaken of the Ministry’s operations; and
• The fire which destroyed the Ministry of Housing, shortly after the call for an investigation into bribery and other irregularities regarding the distribution of house lots.

In the extant case of the Ministry of Home Affairs the possibility of the need to destroy records, ahead of any investigation, cannot be ruled out. The case of Gopaul Chowtie also called Jewan Chowtie is all too fresh in the nation’s memory for any conscious observer to be unaware of the lengths to which the PPP/C would go to achieve narrow political ends.

We call on all concerned Guyanese to be vigilant and to thwart the evil designs of those who now seek to create diversions, rather than heed the national call, for the holding of an independent and impartial inquiry into the State-sponsored death squads, and for the restoration of the Rule of Law.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Monday, April 26, 2004