into row must be public
to what our editorial said yesterday and in the context
of the statement issued Wednesday evening by Chief Justice
Satnarine Sharma and the announcement yesterday by Prime
Minister Manning that he has referred the matter to the
President, it has become even more imperative for a public
enquiry, taking the appropriate form, into this whole sordid
The only concern with the route designated by the Constitution
is that it could end up in another long, drawn-out, behind-closed-doors
legal process similar to the already existing matter between
the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice.
We think this, the second matter of the same nature, needs
to be thoroughly and expeditiously investigated and decisions
arrived at because the entire system of justice hangs on
the return of confidence to the national community in the
decisions of the judiciary.
As we did yesterday, the Guardian is not about to take a
position on the truth or untruth of either of the statements
released so far and those to come. It is bewildering how
diametrically opposed are the statements one to the other.
Hence the need for a full public airing of the matters,
other people coming forward to substantiate and/or deny
what has been said by the principal actors in this drama
that has deep implications for this society.
We return to the subject too to point out to all of the
actors involved and those on the sides thinking of getting
involved the deep implications all of this can have on this
A public looking on cannot but wonder about the machinations
that take place beneath respectable and lawful society
because at least one of the stories advanced so far must
be a complete or near total fabrication and falsification
of the reality.
What is the average man to think in the circumstances where
it is clear that one of these or perhaps a few of these
significant institutions and institution leaders have been
working assiduously behind the scenes to subvert the course
How can that ordinary man go before the courts on Monday
morning and face a judge or a magistrate and feel that he
will get justice? Indeed, one senior judge this week was
asking jurors to pray for the judiciary, suggesting by so
doing that something is desperately wrong not merely in
the system but amongst his colleagues.
We have returned to the subject also to underscore the point
that the system of law exists and holds currency amongst
the people of a country on the basis of mutual respect and
a social consensus. When those intangibles fail, as they
could if there is not a comprehensive, transparent and believable
investigation into this matter, then all fall down.
History indicates when such occurrences take place, social
society is thrown into complete chaos.
So, therefore, while the Law Association may have had a
point about pursuing the truth in the quiet of some law
chambers, the fact that the story is on the street means
that it can now be only resolved in front a watching public.
No mediation, no quiet settlement in-camera. The truth must
be arrived at in a manner which can give confidence to the
As the Creole saying goes: Those who have cocoa in
the sun have to look for rain.