Dear Editor,The AFC, from all indications, is operating as a separate dictatorship faction within the coalition Government. This gets into the realm of promoting corruption when the current situation is analyzed.The reinstatement of NCN Berbice branch manager is a glowing tribute to cronyism and corruption of the AFC and its intolerance of transparency and accountability. This person was sent on administrative leave for 10 months, during which she was paid her full salary with all benefits. Now she is back on the job, despite evidence surfacing during the investigations to warrant her dismissal.According to statements given by the staff who were dismissed, the NCN manager instructed them to prepare ‘fake invoices’ and to make ‘fake log entries’. The reason for her reinstatement would have been because of her ‘good relationship’ with the same AFC minister who is in charge of NCN. The CEO of NCN was apparently instructed by this high ranking minister to reinstate her.The recent firing of Chronicle columnists Dr David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis was done at the behest of this high ranking AFC minister. In a letter to the press, Hinds stated that, “a Senior AFC Minister has, over time, been raising at the Cabinet level the issue of Hinds’ and Lewis’ columns. It was that same minister who gave instructions to the Editor-in-Chief to axe the columnists”. He added that “the Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector”. Even two top AFC members who are members of the Board ‘rubber-stamped the decision to fire the columnists, according to Hinds’s letter.It can be seen from the two examples that the same senior minister gave instructions to reinstate the NCN manager and to fire the reputable and independent columnists.These two actions will not improve the already poor image of the AFC and its disappearing supporters; since, apart from being silent on many important issues, what is clearly manifested is its promotion of corruption and its dictatorial tendencies.I also have compelling evidence to support the allegation that AFC’s most prominent and well-respected member in Berbice, Gobin Harbhajan, is extremely disgruntled and disappointed with some of his AFC colleagues. This gentleman has been the only face of the AFC in Berbice, and has been doing a fantastic job in the resolution of many problems facing Berbicians.Berbice is vitally important for the survival of the AFC, but it seems that the AFC leaders are quite content with their ‘good life’, and no longer care about continued existence of the AFC.At this point, there is only one person who is keeping the AFC alive in Region 6, and that is Gobin Harbhajan, a man who is not corrupt, and is dedicating his energies to assist persons in various communities. I am sure he has a large following, and should he decide to walk away from the AFC, a lot of supporters will follow him.Mr Harbhajan should seriously think about his political future, and the need to be of continued service to his fellowmen.Yours sincerely,Doodnauth Jagmohan
An 18-year-old was fatally stabbed while his father and stepmother were injured during a brawl with a group of men at the Timehri Docks, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dead is David Toney of Lot 76 Alliance Road, Timehri, EBD. Meanwhile, the injured are identified as Mark Toney and Judieth Hosea.The elder Toney was reportedly stabbed once to his abdomen and once to his back while Hosea received stab wounds to her hip and left side shoulder.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the now dead teen and his stepmother intervened in a fight between his father and a group of men, who were reportedly drunk, during which they were all injured.Speaking with this newspaper, Hosea related that the fight stemmed from an argument over who will pack their truck with cabbages. She said after the argument broke out, one of the men attacked her husband and a scuffle ensued.It was then, Hosea added, that her and her now dead stepson intervened to make peace but they too were attacked by the group of drunk men.The woman recalled feeling a sharp object inserted to her left shoulder followed by another on her left hip. She then retreated but saw the men hitting the teenager about his body.According to Hosea, she did not know David Toney was being stabbed until he ran a short distance away from the attackers and collapsed. He was stabbed at least three times, twice to his abdomen and once to the chest.Meanwhile, after Mark Toney was injured, he ran to the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Base in Timehri, where he was given first aid treatment and subsequently taken along with his injured wife to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.Guyana Times was told that David Toney was deported from Barbados, where he lived with his mother and other siblings.According to residents in the area, the teenager was allegedly involved in a number of thefts in the area. Only recently he was accused of stabbing a man on the Timehri wharf.A cousin, with whom David Toney lived, said he was awakened at about 04:30h by the dead teen’s father, who related that his son was stabbed and that he must run to the wharf fast.According to the cousin, when he arrived at the wharf, his cousin was already dead.Meanwhile, the Police have since arrested five persons for questioning into the fatal stabbing while they are on the hunt for two others.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A 40-year-old pedestrian waiting to cross a street was killed after being hit by a lightpole that sheared off when a pickup truck smashed into it in a chain-reaction collision, police said today. Arsen Gevorgyan, 40, of North Hollywood was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred just before noon Sunday at Victory Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue, police said. A 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck caromed off a 1992 Honda Civic trying to make a left turn from Victory to Whitsett. The crash caused the truck to lose control and shear a light pole at the northwest corner of the intersection where Gevorgyan was waiting to cross the street, police said. Paramedics pronounced Gevorgyan dead at the scene. No one else was injured, but a dog riding in the pickup truck was thrown from the vehicle. The dog suffered leg injuries. Neither alcohol nor drugs was a factor in the crash, said Los Angeles Police Detective Dave Millan, of the Valley Traffic Division, who was investigating the cause of the crash. Millan said there have been other serious crashes at that intersection, which does not have a northbound left-hand turn signal, something he was going to look into. “It seems right now its a tragic accident,” Millan said. “We need a left-hand turning arrow here and these are the reasons why.”