Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Sunday, April 23, 2006  

The news that the Guyanese Minister of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock, Satyadeow Sawh, was brutally gunned down at his home along with his brother, sister and bodyguard early Saturday morning is sending shockwaves around the Caribbean.

Robbery appears to tbe motive in what was a well-orchestrated attack on the minister's home, after it was reported that the gunmen demnanded cash and jewellery of the family, and ransacked the house. But a statement from the Guyana Government Information Agency, reported in the Sunday Express, is calling the incident "a well-planned and executed assassination carried out by a large, heavily armed gang."

The Express article also calls Sawh's murder "unprecedented in the history of parliamentary politics in the English-speaking Caribbean-outside of the 1983 coup in Greanda". Strictly speaking this may be so, in that it is the first time a sitting minister of government has been murdered, but let's not forget the assassination of former T&T attorney general Selwyn Richardson, which still remains officially unsolved.

In any event, ths is a very worrying development. Very worrying indeed.

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