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The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is deeply saddened and distraught at the assassination of Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Satyadeow Sawh, MP who was also a member of the Central Committee of the party and two of his relatives and security and   personnel and injury to three others at his home in Earl’s Court, LBI, East Coast of Demerara this morning (April 22, 2006).
Preliminary indication is that the primary motive was to kill the Minister and members of his family. That there was no resistance from the Minister and others showed the merciless and demonic behaviour of the armed gang which came and left on foot heading into the backlands.
The Minister was a distinguished son of Guyana’s soil who made sterling contributions at various levels over the years. He was also a long standing member and faithful activist of the PPP.
Minister Sawh’s contributions to the restoration of democracy in Guyana and the strides in the agricultural sector have been widely acknowledged.
The party notes that the slaying of the Minister and his relatives come at a time when certain forces are aggressively at work to spread fear and harm the peace in Guyana as we head closer to Regional and General Elections. One of the possible objectives of this assassination might be to foment hatred and violence and fracture the unity of our country. This must be resisted at all cost by all peace-loving Guyanese. 
The PPP calls on the security forces to ensure that those responsible for this assassination are brought to justice at the soonest. The Party also insists that no lead must be ignored.
The party will be making a comprehensive statement on this matter after its leadership makes a fuller assessment of this situation and when more information is available.
 The PPP expresses its deepest condolences to the family and relatives of Minister Sawh and hope that those injured would have a speedy recovery.
April 22, 2006

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