City Hall alleged cover-upThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended that charges be brought against City Constable Clifton Pellew for the alleged rape of a minor, who was in his care at the City Constabulary last year.After much public pressure, City Hall turned the matter over to the Police, who following an investigation, sought advice from the DPP on the matter.This publication was reliably informed on Tuesday that the file has been returned to the Police with instructions that the charge be instituted.City Constable Clifton PellewThe incident allegedly occurred when a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody on August 17, 2017 for wandering. At some point during his detention, the minor was reportedly transferred to the Regent Street, Georgetown Outpost, where the alleged incident occurred between August 22 and 23.It was only after allegations made its way into the public domain that City Hall acted on the matter. In the aftermath of the allegation, Pellew and another officer, Corporal Quacy Baveghems, were sacked by authorities. It was at this point that the name of the accused found itself in the public domain.The Local Government Commission (LGC) is also expected to launch a probe into the allegation. Town Clerk Royston King had announced that following the receipt of legal advice, it was decided to forward the matter to the LGC.For its part, LGC Chairman Mortimer Mingo was quoted in sections of the press committing to investigating the matter as soon as possible. It is unclear at present if the Commission is ensconced in an office of its own. Previously, it had met in Parliament Buildings in order to conduct its affairs.ProtestsNot satisfied with the mere sacking of two officers, protesters have been holding impromptu demonstrations in front of City Hall. There have been accusations that authorities have been trying to cover up the issue. This is something that City Hall has denied.CulpableWhile commending the DPP for recommending rape charges, noted child rights activist Nicole Cole stated that the matter did not end there. When contacted by Guyana Times, the Rights of the Child Commissioner, the Child Protection Act applies to persons who knowingly do not report child abuse to the rightful authorities.“I applaud the DPP for recommending the rape charge against the perpetrator because the crime of rape is Guyana has become normalised simply because in many instances justice is extremely slow. Rape of a child or children is a very serious offence in every society,” she related.“The Child Protection Act of 2009 applies here. That Act clearly outlines that all citizens have to report the rape of a child and failure to do so is guilt (by) conspiracy,” the activist said.
Yolanda King, the firstborn child of the first family of the civil rights movement, who honored that legacy through acting and advocacy, died late Tuesday. She was 51. The daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King died in Santa Monica. Family members did not know the cause of death, but suspect it might have been a heart problem. “This is just the last thing and the last person that we expected this to happen to,” said Issac Newton Farris, the Kings’ cousin and CEO of the King Center. “At least with my aunt (Coretta Scott King) we had some warning. Yolanda as far as we knew was healthy and certainly happy.” Former Mayor Andrew Young, a lieutenant of her father’s who has remained close to the family, said King was going to her brother Dexter’s home when she collapsed in the doorway. Farris said she died near Dexter King but would not elaborate. She was just 2 weeks old when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus there, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott spearheaded by her father. When the family’s house was firebombed eight weeks later, she and her mother were at home but were not hurt. She was a young girl during her father’s famous stay in the Birmingham, Ala., jail. She was 12 years old when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yolanda King, who lived in California, appeared in numerous films, including “Ghosts of Mississippi,” and played Rosa Parks in the 1978 miniseries “King.” She also ran a production company. “She was an actress, author, producer, advocate for peace and nonviolence, who was known and loved for her motivational and inspirational contributions to society,” the King family said in a statement. “She used her acting ability to dramatize the essence of the movement,” said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who worked alongside King’s father. “She could motivate and inspire and tell the story. I heard her recite `I Have A Dream’ on several occasions. She made it real, made it part of her. I think her father would’ve been very, very proud of her.” Yolanda King’s death came less than a year and a half after Coretta Scott King died in January 2006 after battling ovarian cancer and the effects of a stroke. Her struggle prompted her daughter to become a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, raising awareness, especially among blacks, about stroke. A spokeswoman for the group said she last spoke on the organization’s behalf on Saturday at a hospital in Langhorne, Pa. Yolanda Denise King – nicknamed Yoki by the family – was born Nov. 17, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala., where her father was then preaching.