Five Guyana soldiers charged with armed robberies at mining camp

first_img Share Share Commodore-Gary-Best-in-discussions-with-minersGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — An officer and four other ranks of the Guyana Defence Force have been arrested in relation to their alleged involvement in criminal conduct, reportedly committed in the Cuyuni mining district recently.This follows the visit made by the chief-of-staff, Commodore Gary Best to the mining community at the Julian Ross Landing on Friday. During that visit Best assured the miners that once the alleged perpetrators of the conduct were identified, he would ensure that they were charged and placed before the courts.The miners cooperated and, as a result, the officer and ranks said to have committed the criminal acts were positively identified as being present and entering the mining camps. Best made good on his promise to the community when he said, “Once we have evidence that the soldiers came here and went to the backdam and robbed the miners, I will ensure that they are charged and put before the court; and if they have to end up in prison, then they will end up in prison.” The men were escorted by GDF investigators and brought to Camp Ayanganna on Sunday.The officer and ranks are currently detained in Camp Ayanganna, where they were charged with military offences. They appeared before a commanding officer and were remanded for a summary of evidence with a view to court martial proceedings. At this time the Guyana Defence Force has sufficient evidence to charge the ranks under military law. The alleged criminal conduct by the officer and ranks in the mining camp and at the Julian Ross landing continues to be investigated by the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Best reiterated that criminal conduct by officers and ranks of the Guyana Defence Force will not be tolerated and that transgressors of the Force’s policies and standard operating procedures, particularly in this regard, will be severely dealt with at the Force level and will also face criminal charges before the nation’s courts.The Guyana Defence Force, through publication in the newspapers, has also emphasised to the mining community across Guyana that “Officers and soldiers of the Guyana Defence Force are not authorised to conduct ANY mining operations, request to see and inspect any mining licenses or intermeddle into any mining activities except in the presence of a GGMC Mining Officer. Therefore, members of the mining community must not submit themselves to any actions by officers and soldiers of the Guyana Defence Force acting alone with respect to enforcement of laws governing mining in Guyana.”Caribbean News Now 28 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Five Guyana soldiers charged with armed robberies at mining camp by: – February 4, 2013last_img read more

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Morne Prosper group of farmers benefits from JCCCP

first_imgLocalNews Morne Prosper group of farmers benefits from JCCCP by: – February 14, 2019 222 Views   no discussions Forty farmers in Morne Prosper are the beneficiaries of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Field School Project.At an official handing over ceremony in the Morne Prosper Primary School 25 female and 15 male farmers of Morne Prosper received a substantial amount of tools and equipment from the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP) and the Division of Agriculture.The ceremony took place on Wednesday February 13th.An investment of close to $200,000 was catered to the Field School Project.Equipment received by the farmers include: grass cutters; water tanks; wood chippers; electronic wind blowers and; seeds to name a few.This project was initiated three years ago by as stalled by the passage of Hurricane Maria. The aim of this project is to enable Climate Smart Agricultural Practices and to encourage the cultivation of organic agricultural produce.Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Dr Reginald Thomas highlighted that Morne Prosper was chosen based on the findings from a survey and the factors contributing to the agriculture in that village,including, the fertile soil and the climate in that village. Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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