Thirty-two-year-old Paul Bishop was on Friday hauled before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with a gun possession charge.Bishop, who plies his trade as a carpenter, denied the allegation that was made out against him.The court heard that the Freeman Street, Albouystown resident on October, 9, 2018, had a .32 pistol in his possession without being the holder of a firearm licence.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question, Police ranks acting on information carried out a search on the defendant while he was in the Freeman Street, Albouystown area, when the unlicensed weapon was found on his person.According to reports, the accused was on a pedal bicycle when he was confronted by the lawmen and had confessed in an oral statement that he had found the revolver while he was “digging in the front yard”.Further, Police Prosecutor Richard Harris objected to bail being granted on the grounds of the serious nature of the charge.The prosecution’s submission was upheld by the Chief Magistrate who later remanded Bishop to prison until October 31.
– calls for the restoration of major projectsThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Friday blasted the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government for what it said is its blatant neglect of the Indigenous peoples of Guyana.The People’s Progressive Party Civic members from left former Minister of Amerindian Affairs Pauline Sukhai, PPPC Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Former Head of the National Toshaos Councils Yvonne PearsonMember of Parliament (MP) and former Amerindian Affairs Minister, Pauline Sukhai, said since the new Administration took office just over 15 months ago, there has been little progress seen in the lives of Amerindians, particularly the youth. She spoke of the disbanding and cancellation of several beneficial projects for Amerindian students and questioned the reason behind Government’s move to do this.Her comments followed inquiries from the media on whether the PPP was pleased with the way it left the communities back in 2015, and if it should be criticising the current Administration for its move to distribute shoes to Amerindian students.But Sukhai said there cannot be a comparison between the work the previous Administration did and what is currently being done by the APNU/AFC Government.“What is alarming is the fact that the PPP/Civic Government was in the process and had been giving minibuses and pickups, and boats and other forms of transport to assist children to access education in and out of their communities. Today there is a total turnaround,” the MP stated.Sukhai said the only item students are receiving is a few boots and it is not even being given to every child of every community.“In fact, they have denied Indigenous children significant investment to assist them. So how can you compare giving a few children a few boots and handpicked students a few bicycles here and there and you are not continuing these significant investments to Indigenous children. Why should they be denied those forms and mediums of transportation and be given boots,” Sukhai lamented.Sukhai said the PPP Government had worked beyond simply distributing boots. “We worked to ensure that life was made a lot easier and that the supporting arm of the Government, with respect to the Village Council, was significant. Giving a child in the hinterlands a boot is not significant investment. Why deny that investment? Why these major commitments and investments that are necessary for Amerindians have been discontinued? Why would we want to diminish our Indigenous people?” The former Amerindian Affairs Minister said there is little that can be pointed to with regards to improving the lives of Indigenous peoples. According to her, Indigenous people did not escape the discrimination and “witch hunting” after Government took office.“We could point to the dismantling of the land titling unit and the dismissal of the Project Coordinator, Associate, and the CDP Project Coordinator… We saw the discrimination against the youth, the dismantling of the Young Entrepreneurship Programme which was replaced with a less effective programme, HEYS.”She said what was more disturbing is that the Minister had assured villages that the new programme would have been much better than the previous programme.Meanwhile, fellow Member of Parliament and former Head of the National Toshaos Council, Yvonne Pearson said at this point in time, and with the upcoming Indigenous Heritage Month set for September, persons are already asking what will be there be to celebrate.“Being out in the field and talking to the people, there is nothing new to add to the 2016 celebrations. We have encroachments of the land the former PPP Government had been making special efforts to address these issues. When we left office, we left vibrant funds to address land issues for Indigenous peoples. Today the big question is what happened to that?” Pearson questioned.Joining in on the conversation also was the Party’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who said that while the PPP Government does not boast reducing poverty to zero during its tenure, it was able to do significantly well enough to improve the lives of persons living in the hinterland region. She said when the Party left office in 2015, there was water, lights and every village had a nursery and primary school. “But the process did not end, not in Guyana, nor in the Amerindian villages.”What happened, she said, was that Indigenous peoples were able to have greater access to opportunities offered to every Guyanese who live on the coastland. She said the PPP would be willing to fully support any venture the Government would take to improve the lives of the Amerindians.