Some PNC members reject WPA’s ‘distasteful’ comments, disappointed in Norton’s silence

Member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Rhonda Layne

This statement from the four senior PNC/R members ignored other comments made by another WPA member, Tacuma Ogenseye where he sought to suggest that Afro-Guyanese were being oppressed by the incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) government and that they should resist, particularly since the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force are dominated by Afro-Guyanese.

The other speakers who shared the platform with Layne and Ogenseye were Norton, political activist, David Hinds and other members of the WPA.

Earlier on Saturday, President Dr. Irfaan Ali rallied collective condemnation for the provocative statements which seemed intended to get citizens to engage in public disorder in rejection of his democratically elected government.

Already, Chief-of-Staff and Chairman of the Defence Board, Brigadier Godfrey Bess, and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall have issued statements condemning the attempt to incite racial tensions and public disorder.

But Dr. Ali believes the comments by Ogunseye particularly should be more widely condemned and said there are religious leaders and members of civil society who have chosen to ignore it.