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Linden man wanted for shooting at ex lover, another man

first_imgPolice investigators are looking for a Wismar man who shot and injured his ex-lover and another man earlierWanted: Colwyn Croalthis month in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Forty-seven-year-old Colwyn Croal, called “Alex Croal” of Lot 604 Half Mile, Wismar, Linden, is wanted by the Police for questioning in relation to the attempted murder of Simone Belle and Sherwin Hughes on April 3, at Half Mile, Linden.According to Police reports, Belle, 41, of Half Mile; and Hughes, 41, of Blueberry Hill, Wismar, were shot and injured in front of the former’s home. The incident occurred sometime around 01:45h.“Investigations so far have revealed that Simone Belle had just arrived home in a vehicle driven by Sherwin Hughes, when shots were discharged at them in the vehicle by a man who is reported to have shared a relationship with Belle and which was ended several months ago,” the Guyana Police Force said in a statement following the incident.Both Belle and Hughes were admitted to hospital but have since been discharged.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Colwyn Croal, known as “Alex Croal” is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 444-3406, 444-3274, 444-3512, 225-2227, 225-6411, 911 or the nearest Police station. The Police have advised that all information will be treated with strict confidence.last_img read more

Who’s to Blame for the Recent Violence in Nimba?

first_imgWhen President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, reacting to the violent demonstration which destroyed ArcelorMittal’s facilities at Mount Tokadeh in Nimba, announced that Nimba would shoulder the cost of the damages, it really touched the minds of many Nimbaians. They wondered why the President would be so quick to blame Nimba when the government knew all along what had been going on.The recent situation in Nimba had long been simmering since mid-2013, with the knowledge of the local administrations of Nimba, both past and present.Since early 2013, the youth of Nimba had begun advocating against ArcelorMittal, first by criticizing the Mineral Development Agreements (MDA) between the Government of Liberia and ArcelorMittal-Liberia.After months of consultations with lawyers and some personalities, who could better explain the MDA, the youth began engaging Mittal constructively through dialogue.In July 2013, a group of Nimbaians, under the banner “Concerned Nimbaians for Resigning and Renegotiation,” petitioned the 53rd Nimba  Legislative Caucus with calls for the abrogation of the MDA with ArcelorMittal.In their petition, which was signed by 200 youth members from across the county, they said, among other things, that the MDA was done without the collective inputs and participation of the affected communities and it was very ambiguous and not time- conscious.They said, “The indefiniteness of the agreement had raised serious confusion in the minds of Nimbaians [who wanted to know] when the concessionaire would commence and complete the major projects mentioned in the MDA since 2005.”They also claimed that the MDA failed to define clearly when would the 25-year  duration begin and elapse and also when would the first revision of the agreement commence?According to them, the MDA did not consider generational changes because in article 34 it called for no other amendments.“A statement which provides that the MDA remain unchanged indicated that any malpractice by the concessionaire under the MDA would be binding on Nimbaians and Liberians at large,” the petition said.“Confidentiality and non – disclosure in Article 6 of the MDA; an amendment to Article VII of the MDA violates the Public Information Act of 2009 and it denounces transparency, accountability and has the ability to promote corruption, dishonesty bribery and among others,” the concerned citizens noted in their petition.About the issue of the social contribution to affected counties, the group quoted Appendix H of the amended MDA since 2007 by saying that the present social contribution was done without considering exploration, production stages, increase in environmental hazards and degradation, growth in return on investment of operation, thereby leaving affected communities victimized and underdeveloped while the company exploits the people and leave the land dusty as had happened in case of LAMCO.With all of these claims, the citizens continued to press on the company through the county leadership, including members of the 53rd Legislature representing Nimba in the Liberian Legislature. On 17th August 2013 about 500 of the youth assembled in the town of Zolowee, which sits at the foot of Mount Tokadeh, which was also the scene of recent violence, to raise alarm over the failure of the government to address their petition.The youth carried a banner, placard and printed “T” shirts with inscription, “Nimba wants full involvement in the MDA, social contribution, based on return on investment, a  modern hospital and clinic and Liberians employed over foreigners.” They shouted the slogans: “No turning back! “Mittal Steel Agreement must be changed. “All of this was done constructively in the knowledge of the Government of Liberia; but it appears as though the government was complacent in addressing the youths’ concerns.The youth did not stop there but continued to press on until on the September 6, 2013, when the CEO of ArcelorMittal, along with his entourage, were forced to attend another meeting organized by the  Concerned Nimbaians and some citizens so as to formally present their petitions and also get a response from ArcelorMittal’s management.At the September meeting ArcelorMittal CEO, Antonio Carlos Mario, disclosed that within the period of six months ArcelorMittal would   be carrying out full employment of Liberians in some key managerial positions which were occupied by expatriates.At this meeting the so-called Tokadeh Progressive Youth for Development, who were at the center of the recent violent demonstration, presented their petition requesting improved of water and health facilities, among others things.The meeting did not end in Zolowee; it extended to Yekepa where on the September 7, 2013, ArcelorMittal committed itself to rehabilitate some facilities, including the hospital, schools and the vocational school in Yekepa, based on the youths’ demands.Based on the commitment made by ArcelorMittal, some Liberians were employed into some key positions of the company upon the departure of the Ghanaian Mining Film “E&P” in December 2013.It was also observed that continued changes are taking place in Yekepa in terms of development.These activities were done with concern and involvement of the then County Superintendent, Madam Christiana Dagadu, and the County’s Legislative Caucus.There were no meetings that the county’s authority would not be part of. Any attempt made by the youth group to do anything, the Superintendent and some members of the caucus would certainly be there to contain it.The recent lawless behavior of the youth group began in March upon the appointment of Fong Zuagele as Superintendent of Nimba County.During the Concern Nimbaians’ last meeting with ArcelorMittal on March 15, 2014, Supt Zuagele, prior to his induction as Superintendent, appealed to the youth to give him a chance to study their concerns as well as the MDA, since he was new in office.Accordingly, he didn’t respond to the youths’ petition until the youth seized the railroad in April and during the seizure the Superintendent as well as the county officials, did not reach there in time to bring the situation under control. It was the police, backed by Emergency Response Unit (ERU) that arrived first, before the arrival of Nimba Caucus and ArcelorMittal’s officials.Again, when the railroad incident was brought to an end, another meeting planned by ArcelorMittal involving the youth, the local county officials as well as members of the Nimba Caucus was held at the Royal Hotel in Monrovia where, according to the youth, all their counts could not be discussed.  It was decided to end the Monrovia meeting with the youth and continue it in Nimba so as to discuss the remaining portions of the counts which were not touched in Monrovia.But again, Superintendent Zuagele, failed to convene said meeting; and then the recent violent demonstration that left properties destroyed.The youth formally informed the county authority through a written letter which Supt. Zuagele confirmed having received.  Yet, the Superintendent and his closest officials, including Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teeko Yorlay, the County Inspector, Reginald Mehn, preferred to attend a  development meeting in other parts of the county instead of attending to scheduled  demonstration.Although Supt. Zuagele sent the County Attorney to put a halt to the demonstration, others said Attorney Hector actually went to the scene of the demonstration and tried to dissuade the youth from demonstrating. But in times of crisis, citizens prefer to listen to the County Superintendent rather than any other county official.Some citizens within the community confirmed massive destruction and looting, but again can we say that the disgruntled behavior carried on by these youth was not known to the county leadership, who are the President Sirleaf’s eyes in Nimba County?Complacency in leadership leads to many problems and destruction.  This is what has happened in the case of ArcelorMittal. This problem had long been knocking at the door of government, but the government took it lightly until it blew up.While it is true the disgruntled and violent behavior of some Nimba youth brought great destruction and disgrace to the county at large, we should keep in mind that it is always better to deal with issues at the initial stage and finish it once and for all, rather than wait to see it blows up as it did in Nimba.So who takes the blame for all of these damages that we are trying to repair–the government, or the aggrieved demonstrators or the county in general? And if it is the youth, what was the government doing from the onset of the entire troubles?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arrest warrant issued for former Cop

first_img…charged for corrupt transactionDervon Semple, a former Linden Traffic Policeman, has been charged with corrupt transaction.It is alleged that during the month of June 2017, while he was a member of the Guyana Police Force, attached to the Traffic Department, he corruptly collected $14,000 from Antonio Thompson of Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, as aWanted: Dervon Semplereward in order to obtain a driver’s licence for him. It is further alleged that he failed to deliver the licence to Thompson. Reports are Thompson made a report at Mackenzie Police Station where an investigation was conducted, and legal advice was sought from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.However, when the case was called late last week at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, Semple was absent. As a result, Magistrate Clive Nurse issued an arrest warrant for him. The case is now set for February 20.last_img read more

SARA Bill deeply flawed, provides for harassment, political victimisation – Private Sector

first_imgthe proposed State Asset Recovery Bill proposed by Government, is not only deeply flawed but is inconsistent with many of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of Guyana, and as such, must be reviewed in that context.This was the stern warning given by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Wednesday when that body for the first time formally objected to the provisions of the proposed SARA Bill.The local Private Sector umbrella body in a strongly worded missive said it is of the view that all assets or resources belonging to State “that were unlawfully or criminally transferred to any beneficiary must be recovered and returned to the State once such unlawful transactions become known and criminal convictions obtained.”This, however, has to be done within the confines of the Guyana Constitution.The Private Sector body made its position known, having consulted with its legal representation and has since committed to making known its objections to the SARA Bill to the Attorney General and members of the legislature.Political victimisation“The SARA Bill 2016 is not a good signal to investors who will require access to State resources such as land, licences, access rights etc, as the Bill provides opportunities for legitimate investors to be harassed and politically victimised,” the body also said.In lambasting the draft SARA Bill, the Private Sector representative body drew reference to the fact that the Bill has been drafted from the perspective “that the Government of Guyana does not know what it owns or what the State has lost over the years and as such it provides all-encompassing investigative and surveillance powers to the Director and staff of the Agency to snoop around into private accounts and financial records of citizens to determine what assets of the State were lost and need to be recovered.”According to the Private Sector body, “this is a complete affront to the fundamental rights of citizens and if such powers are granted, they can be used to marginalise, suppress and take advantage of vulnerable members of the population through political intimidation.”SARA DirectorThe PSC, said, it is extremely concerned that the powers provided to the Director of SARA will blur the lines of separation of functions of the Executive and the Judiciary and further questions the need for Ministers to designate to the Director and staff of SARA, “as they see fit, the power of a revenue or customs officer, of a Police Officer and immigration officer rather than requesting collaboration and coordination of efforts amongst these agencies.”According to the PSC, it is of the view that that the SARA Bill is premature and redundant since many of the intelligence gathering mechanism have already been enacted in the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Legislation and included in the mandate of the Integrity Commission, both of which have not been fully functional to date.The PSC has since called on the Executive and members of the “legislature of our country to completely reexamine the dangers to civil liberties modelled by this Bill in the context of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.”The public stated position of the Private Sector body echoes that of many other civil society bodies, many of which have questioned not only the proposed powers of the SARA Director but the Bill in its entirety.During a recent public consultation forum on the SARA Bill, organised by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – stakeholders expressed grave concerns about the dangers of the passage of this piece of legislation. Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall were among those to question the provisions of the Bill since in its current construct, “creates an environment that encourages the violation of individuals’ constitutional rights and undermines the rule of law since it confers powers 10 times greater than those of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on a sole individual – the Director of the Agency.Currently, this post is occupied by Professor Clive Thomas who will, upon the passage of the SARA Bill, become the most powerful man in the country second to President David Granger.The Bill is slated to be presented to the National Assembly for debate and possibly enactment when the House comes out of recess next month.last_img read more

July 24th and 25th Community Events Photos

first_imgThe Farmers Market in the North Peace Arena was very busy with shoppers purchasing items from local venders.                                                                                Picture: Amber Davy A scavanger hunt was one of the many activities kids and famlies participated in at Play in the Park in Matthews Park.                                                                         Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement – The Royal Canadian Legion held a meat draw in their lounge, then a BBQ Steak dinner inside the auditorium with live music.                                                               Picture: Amber Davy Links Golf Course hosted the Links Open Golf Tournament throughout the weekend.                                                                                            Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more