Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton has roasted President Irfaan Ali for dragging his feet in establishing the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the devastating Mahdia dormitory fire.
In a statement on Tuesday, Norton said that President Ali is “utterly failing” the grieving families of the Mahdia fire victims and the nation at large for dragging his feet on establishing the urgently needed COI.
According to the Opposition Leader, it is imperative that justice be expeditiously served to the grieving families and Guyana as a whole.
He added that the APNU+AFC, being fully aware of the gravity of the situation, has unequivocally expressed its unwavering support for establishing a COI that involves all stakeholders.
“The COI must be credible and acceptable to all stakeholders. We stand ready to collaborate with the current regime to ensure that the commission comprises distinguished national and international individuals of impeccable repute, who will fearlessly delve into the heart-wrenching tragedy and unearth the truth,” Norton said.
Additionally, he noted that the APNU+AFC had indicated its intent to actively participate in shaping the Terms of Reference for the COI.
By doing so, the Opposition Leader believes that the Commission will adequately address the pressing concerns of our nation while ensuring that there are no lingering doubts or unanswered questions in the minds of our citizens.
“The perplexing question remains: why is President Irfaan Ali neglecting to accord the COI the urgent attention it rightly deserves? This baffling mystery has left everyone, but the APNU+AFC side bewildered. We firmly believe this crucial COI must be made a priority without delay.”
The devastating Mahdia dorm fire, which started on Sunday, May 21, has claimed the lives of 20 children, including a 5-year-old boy.
The building was heavily grilled and padlocked, curtailing the children’s escape.
There have been calls for Ministers with the preview of the dorm to be held accountable, but President Ali has been playing a deaf ear.
Notwithstanding, he has pledged to support the grieving family. A 15-year-old girl has already been charged regarding the fire but denied the allegation.