Dear Editor,Peeping Tom was quite accurate in his pronouncement that the WPA is a “Paper Tiger”. The facts will show that today they have almost no membership. Today, like political “con artists”, they present themselves as an idea, but this is all a ploy to sell themselves as some political force to be reckoned with, when reality would illustrate that this idea that they continually refer to died with Dr Walter Rodney. So all this hot air today from people like Dr David Hinds cannot be reconciled with grounded facts.But Dr Hinds’s utterances expose an agenda that definitely fosters ethnic supremacy. If one dissects carefully his messages, one would find they are hollow and devoid of any bold political solutions that can aid in unleashing the full potential of our people. What Dr. Hinds is prepared to do today is support these “lumpen” bourgeoisie, who are prepared to put forward names like Kads Khan or Stanley Ming as GECOM Chairman, knowing fully well that these people were both key participants of the PNC campaign from 2001 and beyond.Whatever little principle Dr Hinds has left, it appears he is prepared to consecrate it at the altar of political opportunism, all in the interest of ethnic supremacy of a few, as confirmed in his “Hinds’ Sight” Column on July 7, 2019.But what Dr. Hinds does not tell this nation is that, since June 2015, the ethnic group that he pretends to support did not advance economically under this Granger Government, now JUNTA. If one were to walk in villages like Victoria, Manchester on the Corentyne, and so many other villages, one would see with one’s own eyes evidence of the economic decay over the last four (4) years; yet, the likes of Dr Hinds want these people to bear their economic pain and march with the Granger JUNTA, all in the name of marching with your “kith and kin”.What Dr Hinds is not telling these people is those pertinent facts on how many million were lost to the treasury since January 2019 because members of this Granger JUNTA used the sweat and earnings of these very same people in Victoria and their brothers in Enmore to pay for their duty-free items.What he is not telling these people is that, while 50,000 of their families have to wait for 2 years or more for their “quarter of an acre of land”, some 20 “close men” in the Granger JUNTA have transferred some 23,000 acres of land from the State to their personal assets.While I have nothing against any Guyanese owning oil blocks, like Eric Phillips, when the process lacks transparency and has resulted in these very same people in Victoria losing millions in potential wealth, I have no choice but to reject such financial skulduggery and plunder.If you look carefully at Dr Hinds’s message, he has deviously attempted to vary the narrative away from the political dishonesty and legal evil that is being practised by this Granger JUNTA today. What Dr. Hinds offers them instead is an illusionary bag of gold that will never become a reality once this Granger JUNTA stays in power.That is why the question posed by Dr. Hinds is extremely dangerous. The question: “How the politicians plan to manage the expected collective wealth”, while it is a valid question in a stable political environment, it remains dangerous in the current political dispensation, because it attempts to play mind games with the people. There is nothing in this oil revenue for the people of Victoria if this heist on the treasury continues by this Granger JUNTA.Dr Hinds’s latest political deception is that there needs to be a credible voters’ list, and he cautions the CCJ to take care. But let me expose his subterfuge: The evidence will show that, since 1992, Guyana has had credible voters’ lists on every occasion. Since 2008, when the last House-to-House Registration was done, there has not been one attempt at voter fraud (e.g. someone voted twice, or someone fraudulently impersonating a legitimate voter). Not ONE! But yet Dr. Hinds parrots the usual line that the list is not credible, which is nothing but an untruth.Since 2008, there have been Continuous Registration and four (4) Claims and Objections processes, which all contributed to a list that is as clean as is practically possible. These updated lists have served four (4) elections excellently. Even an international not-for-profit entity (IDEA) provided a study that reveals that Guyana has one of the cleanest voters’ lists in the Caribbean. Yet Dr. Hinds has the nerve to attempt to lecture this nation on the credibility of the list.One famous philosopher once said it is the intellectuals who destroy the seeds of good and fertilise the seeds of evil that grow up to ruin mankind. Dr Hinds’s actions aptly support this prognosis.We, the people, must never trust the words of Dr David Hinds, since most of his utterances prove that he is unfit and not credible to be an independent commentator. His only game plan is to mislead, and we must not fall victim to this game, which is grounded in the supremacy of one group over another.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
Dear Editor,I have been pondering for quite a while now on whether I should publicly express my disdain for the blatant lack of empathy and discrimination bestowed upon me by my employer at a Government agency. I’ve recently completed my MSc and am now serving the Government.Since my return, just under a year, I haven’t received an added cent in remuneration. On the contrary, my workload doubled and I still have the same job as I initially had before my departure to study. And to add insult to injury, my supervisor is a fresh graduate who has just completed his bachelor from UG. And best of all, I had to train him.I made several complaints to PSM about my mistreatment, but nothing was done. It’s as if you have no one to turn to but to endure. I must say, I’m quite disheartened and completely demotivated. My enthusiasm has now morphed into passive resistance. And I’m not the only one. I know of tens of other young professionals, both Indians and Afro-Guyanese, who are going through the same. There is no future under this Government for us. That is the sad reality.Sincerely,Mr Engineer
A Kitty, Georgetown, man was on Monday morning rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) afterThe shop at the corners of Queen and William Streets, Kitty where the shooting took placetwo gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on him in what appears to be an attempted execution.The injured man was identified as Donald McKenzie called “Baje”, 24, of Stanley Place, Kitty.Eyewitnesses say about 08:30h McKenzie, along with several other men, were standing outside a shop at the corners of Queen and William Streets, Kitty, when two men rode up on a CG motorcycle.As the men approached, McKenzie rushed into the shop to seek cover however, one of the men entered the shop and discharged several rounds at him.He was hit once in his left shoulder.The men then quickly left the scene, but not before blurting out, “leff he we gon get he a next time an done he dance.”Reports are that the shooting may have been retaliation for an incident that transpired Sunday evening, where McKenzie and several others were allegedly involved in an altercation with another man who was assaulted during the process.Police are investigating the matter.
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force on Thursday arrested two persons after they unearthed an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in a vehicle they were travelling in.Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan, disclosed that the interception occurred sometime around 14:40h.It was reported that Police ranks acting on information, intercepted a motor car on the Golden Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara, conducted a search and found a 12 gauge single barrel shotgun.The driver of the vehicle and an occupant have since been taken into Police custody.
Through the voluntary donations of many business entities, a 45-foot Murti is being constructed in RegionThe 45-foot incomplete sculpture of the Hanuman MurtiThree, (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Leguan Island.The Hanuman Murti will be located in the compound of the Rama Krishna Mandir, and is said to be one of the biggest Hindu deity’s statue in the country.The sculpture is voluntarily being built by the owner of JP Sculpting, Jainarine Prahalla, through donations of the public, including David Persaud Investments Ltd and David/Leila Persaud Foundation.The statue is to be completed by the end of August, 2016 with an expected grand four-day celebration to commemorate the opening.
A self-confessed serial robber appeared before the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court on Thursday charged with a series of armed robberies on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD).Shemroy Hackett, 27, called ‘Donkey’ of Lot 137 Bare Root, Bachelor’s Adventure, ECD, pleaded not guilty to all ten charges and was remanded to prison until September 30. Hackett was positively identified during several identification parades conducted on Wednesday, in relation to six recent armed robberies, including one that was committed on the owner of R. Ramlogan General Store, Logwood, Enmore, last Monday.The defendant was apprehended following a high-speed chase and shoot-out with police. He was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition.In addition to the six robbery under arms charges, Hackett was also slapped with two counts of discharging a loaded firearm with intent, as well as possession of an unlicensed firearm and twelve rounds of matching ammunition.It was reported that sometime around 15:45h on August 29, four masked and armed men confronted the grocery shop owner and demanded cash and jewellery. The men subsequently carted off a quantity of valuables including a licensed handgun with fifteen rounds of ammunition, after assaulting the businessman.They then made their escape from the premises, hijacked a pink Toyota Raum bearing registration PNN 334 and proceeded in the vicinity of Bare Root, further up the Coast.However, they were observed by ranks of two patrols, and upon realising that they had attracted the attention of the Police, the men opened fire.In retaliation, the Police discharged several rounds at the vehicle, one of which shattered the back windscreen. The perpetrators abandoned the car and fled towards the backlands of Bare Root. They were pursued by the Police and Hackett was arrested with the unlicensed firearm and ammunition.A number of live rounds and spent shells were also found in the stolen car, which was taken into Police custody.Whilst in custody, the man also confessed to being a member of a gang which committed a series of armed robberies on the ECD.Police in ‘C’ Division (ECD) are currently working on vital information received to apprehend the three other bandits involved in the Enmore robbery and efforts are also being made to dismantle the gang which Hackette admitted to being a part of.
– Region 10 Council awaits adviceSome eight months after allegations of fraud surfaced within the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice), the administration is still awaiting word on the way forward, to determine the fate of a number of its employees.According to Regional Chairman Renis Morian, a report has been sent to the Ministry of the Presidency and the Council is presently awaiting a way forward.Ever since investigations were launched in January this year, the employees have remained off the job to facilitate the move. While some Regional councillors have expressed dissatisfaction over the move to have the employees suspended pending a decision, they have not been allowed to perform their duties until a decision is made.“We would have sent the report to the Ministry of Presidency and that went to the Public Service Ministry and we’re waiting. I know the Public Service Ministry takes a long time…We’re awaiting the necessary response. Once the results come it has to leave at the RDC. I’m waiting on the results first to be advised on the way forward,” Morian recently stated.The revelations of alleged fraudulent activities involving employees of the RDC as well as contract employees were made public by Regional Executive Officer (REO) Gavin Clarke in January, when he outlined several discrepancies involving Council money during a statutory meeting of the RDC.Clarke had declared emotionally that he will not lose his integrity over the discrepancies which he had unearthed.Auditors were then summoned to investigate the offences which had also engaged the Police. Officers of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU), State Audit Department as well as the Ministry of Presidency were summoned to conduct investigations and had interviewed a number of internal and external RDC staff. Three employees were initially charged and released on station bail in relation to the allegations.Morian had related that as the investigations continued, a number of employees had been questioned in relation to the issue and that the employees were sent on leave so that officials could properly investigate. While the investigations were expected to wrap-up in January, in February Morian related that more disturbing discrepancies were still being unearthed.‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus had also confirmed that an investigation was being conducted through Police Headquarters, Georgetown.He had indicated that areas where monies were missing and impropriety in terms of records had been identified, where there were false payment vouchers prepared and monies paid. He added that it was discovered that monies were about to be paid as well. (Utamu Belle)
Foundation of Olusegun Obasanjo (OOF), former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education (MOE). The purpose is to come up with and put into operation in Liberia, projects that will target and improve individuals in the areas of Health, Education, Finance and Economic Planning, Labor, and Youth and Sports.The MOU is to serve as a means by which Liberia and the OOF might think and work together in areas of common interest.One of the first things to be done would be to lay the groundwork for targeted activities and then map out approaches on how the two entities might proceed to operate together.According to the MOU, the GOL and OOF would work in partnership in developing education program focusing on the Gender Responsive Accelerated Vocational Technical Program (GRAVTP); support will go to the GRAVTP program, the School Development Program, the support STEM Skills Acquisition Program as well as the Teacher Training Scheme and Community Awareness Program.They would promote projects of an acceptable commercial nature in the areas of infrastructure and agriculture with the goal of increasing employment for the youth of Liberia. They would support programs that promote health awareness particularly concerning non-communicable diseases; and any other activities and program in areas of mutual interests which the Parties may jointly devise.In regards to the scope of collaboration, the GOL shall develop and assist OOF to mobilize resources and develop strategic plans to generate funding from regional, bilateral, and multilateral agencies. It will develop, implement, and monitor a coherent mobilization effort through maintaining dialogue and strengthening relations with major donor agreements, expectations and expanding the donor base. It is hoped that the Ministries of Education, Gender and Development and other GOL agencies will be encouraged to advice on innovative fund raising strategies and identifying strategic development opportunities, among other things.The duration of this MOU is for ten (10) years, from the date of the last signature; however, either Party may terminate the MOU by giving three months’ prior notice to the other.The foundation is a charity organization dedicated to bringing human security to all people by partnering with and funding organizations across Africa that are working on the Foundation’s initiatives crucial to human security.Though the beneficiaries of the MOU were not quantified, officials said that a substantial amount of girls and young women are targeted to benefit from the agreement and its planned activities.Former president Obasanjo signed on behalf of his foundation, while Education Minister, Etmonia D. Tarpeh did the same on behalf of the government and her Ministry. The ceremony was witnessed by President Sirleaf and officials of OFF.Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony on Sunday, April 13, at the Executive Mansion, former President Obasanjo said the issue of girls’ empowerment is a critical challenge in Africa. He said this problem has no boundaries as it is prevalent on the African continent, not to speak of Liberia that is just emerging from 14 years of civil-crisis.He said his foundation has the vision to partner with organizations and governments and to serve as change agents across the Continent.The concept of human security has been a long-standing commitment of President Obasanjo’s—to promote the initiatives that can dramatically change the lives of individuals and communities on the continent; and the Liberian project has been specifically designed to cater to the needs of girls, who according to former President Obasanjo, have been culturally deprived for ‘rock of ages.’He apologized to President Sirleaf, for what he termed ‘interrupting her service time on this Palm Sunday; but serving humanity, the cause for which the MOU was being signed, is the same as serving God, he suggested.President Sirleaf, in welcoming former president Obasanjo to Liberia, said the signing of the MOU, in part, is to support the education sector—especially the training of young women, particularly in technical fields, to enable them enhance their employment potential. “This is a big contribution to Liberia’s development effort,” she said.President Sirleaf said, “We want to be grateful to President Obasanjo who continues to support Liberia education. I want to thankful to him for this new initiative to train young women especially in the technical areas. This is significant for us.”“We have done a lot in capacitating our girls by providing them opportunities; but this MOU, when fully implemented, will help a lot of them with technical capacities to support themselves,” she added.Education Minister Tarpeh called the signing of the MOU “a dream come true, because recently there was a discussion on what needs to be done with the youth of Liberia; that discussion led to a three-year Action Plan for the education sector. “What we have signed today is part of that activity and addresses the need of young people—especially girls,” she said.Prior to the signing ceremony, Minister Tarpeh said that the MOU will be a great help for young women who will take advantage of the program. She lauded President Obasanjo for the initiative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The president of the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) says logistical support remains a serious challenge to the Red Cross intervention to help stop further spread of the deadly Ebola virus.According to Mr. Emmanuel Kparh, vehicles, fuel and funding are some of the essential logistics needed to enhance the institutional capacity in the fight against Ebola.The LNRCS is the major organization clothed with the authority to provide humanitarian assistance as well as disaster management in the country.Mr. Kparh spoke Tuesday when the management of National Petroleum (NP) Liberia Limited donated 200-gallons of fuel to the Liberia National Red Cross Society in support of its Ebola intervention.The NP management said that the donation was its little way of buttressing government efforts through the LNRCS to contain the Ebola virus in the country and the Sub-Region. NP is a Sierra Leonean petroleum company. Sierra Leone is one of three countries in the region that is suffering the wrath of the virus.The LRC president thanked the NP for the fuel donation, describing it as timely to help maximize the Red Cross’ output in its Ebola response activities in the affected counties.The LNRC’s current Ebola response activities are being supported by its movement partners but Mr. Kparh wants other national and international institutions as well to support the Liberian Red Cross as it intensifies efforts to help contain the Ebola virus.The Red Cross is carrying out social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims in the seven counties. It is also now assisting the Ministry of Health in the area of dead body management of Ebola victims for Montserrado only.The LNRC has already declared August as Ebola Month after scaling down activities of other programs and projects to concentrate more on fighting the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia.LNRC secretary general Fayiah Tamba recently told the media that as an auxiliary to government, the LNRC was prepared and ready for the Month of August to utilize every resource at its disposal to fight the disease in support of the government efforts.The Ebola virus, since its outbreak in the region, has claimed over one thousand lives with Guinea, where it originated from, being the hardest hit follow by Sierra Leone and Liberia.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the outbreak in the country as a national tragedy that needs to be brought to an end. She has imposed a 90- day state of emergency which she believes will help contain the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In the wake of news of wells being poisoned by unknown persons, citizens of Ganta have begun strengthening community policing in collaboration with the Liberia National Police, Ganta Detail.According to Ganta Police Commander, Sgt. George Payne, the police, along with the community, will work hard to avoid harm coming to the community.Since last week Tuesday, he said, Police have begun regular patrols during the night hours from community to community with the assistance of community watch teams. The fear of the water poisoning intensified early Tuesday, 5th August 2014, in Ganta and its’ surrounding towns after a well was allegedly poisoned in a family compound belonging to Immigration Officer, Maj. Alfred Yormie.Although the report is yet to be verified as to whether the water was really poisoned, residents of the compound, and neighbors did notice that the well had been forced open and what appeared as a chemical-like powder was seen sprinkled around the well and in the yard, where the well is located.As of now visitation around Ganta night hours has become very difficult, because every community is on a watch to know who is moving around their community.“We are checking for any strange movement in our community,” said one of the community leaders.The news of poisoning water has caused alarm in the community, making citizens to be even more afraid of this than about of Ebola.Unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer say that in Bahn, there was an alleged poisoning of a hand pump and materials like syringes and a glove were found under a nearby pump close to the Refugee Camp.And in Grand Gedeh, it was alleged that some groups of men were seen going around in Zleh Town telling people that they have Ebola medicine to be placed in a well, but some of the men were immediately arrested and are currently under detention at the police station in Zwedru.“Yes, we see the Ebola, but I think water poisoning is the one that is killing people and they are putting the blame on Ebola,” said Mr. Yormie.“If God had not been on our side to lead us to discover the poisoning of our well, we may all have been dead by now,” he added.Tension is said to be building up across Nimba in the fight against Ebola and about well poisoning and the poisoning of food items such as candy, among others.It is alleged that the four persons who died in Kakata recently, died from poisoned candy, which was given to some kids by unknown persons.However, two persons had reportedly died from Ebola in Nimba, one in Ganta and the other and the other along the Ganta-Saclepea road, while brinh rushed to the clinic.The little child who died in Ganta and another relative earlier tested positive of Ebola by the Ministry of Health (MOH) team, after their father died from Ebola almost a month ago. But they did not transfer them to the center until his death, while the relatives remain very serious.Residents are complaining of the slow response of the Ministry of Health workers in quickly relocating positive cases or expeditiously removing the Ebola bodies.“Our lives are at risk in this country, because those claimed to be Ebola positive are still living in the same community with other people,” said Yeesah Karto.The body of the man who died while en route to the Saclepea Clinic is said to be lying on the main road close to the town call Yarsonnoh, since his demise on 6th August 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)