President meets with relatives of slain WCB teens and Prittipaul Hargobin

-assures families of swift justice and Govt’s support

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President Irfaan Ali on Friday met with the families of the West Coast Berbice (WCB) slain teens, Isaiah and Joel Henry and Haresh Singh at their homes, to personally express his condolences and to assure them of his Government’s support in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The Head of State assured the relatives that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that those responsible for the heinous acts are brought to justice and made to answer for their crimes.

“On behalf of the people of Guyana and my own behalf and that of my family and Government, I want to again express my condolences to you and your family,” President Ali said.

President Ali meets with the relatives of Pritipaul Hargobin

During his visit with each of the families, the President also pledged to work tirelessly to ensure that the resolution of the investigation is given the highest priority.

Dead: (L-R) Isaiah Henry, Joel Henry, Haresh Singh and Pritipaul Hargobin

“I will work day and night to get to the bottom of what happened to those teens,” President Ali vowed.

He also used the opportunity to urge all residents and community members present to work with the members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force, who are stationed in the communities, to restore peace and stability.

“Safety and security in all of the communities remain a top priority. As you can see, there is more visibility on the ground, more resources on the ground,” the Head of State said.

President Ali meets with Joel Henry’s mother [Photo: Office of the President]
The President urged the communities to come together and not to allow themselves to be divided. He also asked the residents to cooperate with the Police, who are working to not only conduct their investigations but to also bring peace to the communities along the WCB corridor.

This, he stressed, can be achieved through cooperation and the sharing of critical information, which can assist investigators.

The Head of State reiterated that no forms of criminality will be tolerated.

“We cannot tolerate lawlessness and criminality. We have to fix what went wrong and move forward,” President Ali stated.

President Ali meets with relatives of Haresh Singh

Meanwhile, the aggrieved relatives all expressed their hope that justice will be served swiftly and that all leads will be pursued. They expressed too, their appreciation for the President’s visit and his commitment to ensuring that all steps are taken towards achieving justice for the boys.

During his visit, President Ali also met with the family of Prittipaul Hargobin from Bath Settlement, who was also killed, to offer his support and condolences. (Extracted and modified from Office of the President)

President Ali meets with residents of West Coast Berbice [Photo; Office of the President]
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1 Comment
  1. Don Gomes says

    President Ali is humbled in the presence of the families of the departed.
    This brought tears to my eyes.
    He has a great responsibility to create peace and harmony.
    Please work with him to bring this tradegy to a halt.
    Elders of the communities talk down the youths to let the police do their job.
    Stop the hate.Stop the killings.We are all 100 % guyanese and must find our own solution to this problem.Give Peace a chance.
    Don gomes m.s.(2011).

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