Former President and Leader of the Opposition, Brigadier (ret’d) David Granger told residents of Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice, that the killing of two teens could have been avoided if the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had condemned the actions of its supporters when schoolchildren were injured during protests at Bush Lot, back in March. He made this claim when he met with the family of one of the teens, 16-year-old Isaiah Henry who along with his cousin, Joel Henry, 18, were murdered aback Cotton Tree village over the weekend.
But Granger’s contention is being rejected by the PPP/C Leader and Vice President, Bharrat Jagdeo, who said that the party had indeed condemned the act. He said that he, himself, greenlighted the post on Facebook that denounced the attack on the school bus.
He said, too, that members of the party would have journeyed to Bush Lot during the protests and called for a restoration of peace.
Jagdeo said that he is appalled that Granger would make such a statement, as if he was indicating that the Bush Lot protests were PPP/C-inspired.
President, Dr Irfaan Ali also commented on the issue. He said that Granger can choose to preach peace, or “ignite” a situation which can lead to further unrest.
The Head of State said that every able resource will be given to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to ensure that justice is served.