Lethem gravel scam under probe
Published: January 23, 2009 in News
Police in Lethem are investigating a racket that involves businesspersons in the border community allegedly contracting Brazilian army personnel, working on the Takutu bridge access road on the Guyana side, to transport gravel to their businesses.
The Brazilian Vice-Consulate in Lethem has been made aware of the matter and authorities in Brazil have been informed, this newspaper was told. Stabroek News was informed that several businesspersons in the Region Nine community are involved in the matter and local authorities have been alerted and are investigating. This newspaper was told that the activities allegedly occur in the wee hours of the morning and involve the Brazilian Army trucks delivering the gravel to the business places. Reports out of the community state that huge piles of gravel have been appearing at some business places there and it has been determined that no local trucks have the capacity to fetch such a large amount.
Describing the matter as a “worrying development”, Regional Chairman Clarindo Lucas told this newspaper last evening that he was aware of the matter and the police are investigating
No permit given for removal of Lethem gravel – NDC Chairman
The Chairman of the Ireng/ Sawariwau Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) says that the local government body is not aware that any permission was given to Brazilian army personnel to transport gravel to Lethem residents and he is concerned about whether anyone is monitoring the soldiers.
The border community falls under the purview of the NDC and Chairman, Terrence Boston told Stabroek News yesterday that the gravel was being transported from a location about six kilometres outside Lethem during the night. He said that using large 20-tonne trucks, an estimated 300 loads were transported to Lethem businesspersons, who apparently contracted the Brazilian army personnel to transport the material for them.
This newspaper had reported that Lethem police were alerted to the racket, which involves businesspersons in the border community allegedly contracting Brazilian army personnel, working on the Takutu bridge access road on the Guyana side, to transport gravel to their businesses.
Boston is concerned that it seems that no one in Guyana is monitoring the actions of the Brazilians. Members of the neighbouring country’s army, who are building the access road leading to the Takutu Bridge, have been camping alongside their equipment on the Guyana side since November. This newspaper was told that the Brazilian Vice-Consul in Lethem was made aware of the matter on Monday and asked to see proof and a tour was taken around Lethem.
Large piles of gravel were evident outside some business places. “This is lawlessness”, Boston said, noting that he had brought the matter to the attention of Regional Authorities.
He pointed out that members of a foreign army are operating on Guyana’s soil and expressed concern that he had never noticed anyone monitoring them not even members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) stationed at Lethem. He said that the NDC could do nothing about the situation except inform the authorities.
Asked about the matter, Regional Chairman Clarindo Lucas told this newspaper that he has no knowledge of anyone monitoring the works at the road site on a day to day basis.
He said however, that the Region undertakes periodic checks while Walter Willis of the Ministry of Public Works visits regularly.
Previously, he said, members of the GDF had been attached to the team, but were recalled.
He stated that he was not certain why they were recalled and concerns about the lack of monitoring had been raised at a Regional meeting.
Previous efforts on the Takutu bridge had been suspended by Brasilia after corruption was found in some of the arrangements.
Published: January 24, 2009 in News
Nota del Editor del blog: Al referenciarse a la República Cooperativa de Guyana se deben de tener en cuenta los 159.500 Km2, de territorios ubicados al oeste del río Esequibo conocidos con el nombre de Guayana Esequiba o Zona en Reclamación sujetos al Acuerdo de Ginebra del 17 de febrero de 1966.
Estimado lector saque usted sus propias conclusiones de la intervención del ejército brasileño en la explotación de granzón para comerciantes brasileños, en el área del Rupununi, región reclamada por Venezuela sin que el Gobierno e Caracas emita una opinión dejando salvado sus derechos sobre los citados territorios.