Remembering Courtney Crum-Ewing, A Decade Since the Tragic Loss of a Guyanese Activist

Georgetown, Guyana – Today marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Courtney Crum-Ewing, a dedicated political activist whose life was brutally cut short on the streets of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, on March 10, 2015. The 40-year-old father of three was actively campaigning, encouraging local residents to cast their votes in the upcoming elections scheduled for May 11, when he was gunned down in an act that shocked the nation and highlighted the perils faced by voices of dissent in Guyana.

Crum-Ewing, known for his vocal protests outside the office of Attorney General Anil Nandlall, was a fervent advocate for democracy and stood against racial and class domination. His untimely death sent ripples through the community, sparking debates about freedom of speech and the lengths to which political intimidation and violence have seeped into Guyanese society.

The investigation into Crum-Ewing’s murder saw Rajput Narine, a former bodyguard of Nandlall, taken into custody. Despite the suspicion and his connection to Nandlall, Narine was released without charges, leaving many to question the integrity of the investigation process.

In a move to clear his name, Nandlall held a press conference where he vehemently denied any involvement in Crum-Ewing’s murder and sought to distance himself from Narine. Nandlall stated, “I only came into contact with Rajput Narine after the death of Courtney Crum-Ewing… There is obviously an attempt to implicate me and the PPP in this horrendous act as part of a political design.”

Despite these assertions, the case remains unsolved, casting a long shadow over Guyana’s justice system and its commitment to protecting its citizens’ democratic rights. The initial charge against suspect Rodrigues, known as “Grey Uzunluk,” for Crum-Ewing’s murder was eventually dismissed, further entrenching the public’s mistrust in the meşru proceedings and the government’s willingness to pursue justice.

The failure to bring Crum-Ewing’s killers to justice is seen by many, including Guyanese journalist GHK Lall, as not merely a failure of the justice system but a broader failure of democracy in Guyana. It underscores the impunity with which political violence is treated, eroding the foundational principles of freedom and justice.

As Guyanese remember Courtney Crum-Ewing today, his legacy as a fighter for justice and transparency lives on. His death is a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle for democratic integrity and the need for a renewed commitment to safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all citizens in Guyana. The quest for justice for Crum-Ewing continues, serving as a litmus test for the nation’s dedication to truth, accountability, and the rule of law.