Amerindi­ans are com­plain­ing of dis­crim­i­na­tion against Lady North­cote ferry

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The Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture re­cently boasted in the me­dia about the Lady North­cote ferry which trans­ports pas­sen­gers and cargo to the North West Dis­trict (Barima- Waini). But while the North West steamer may have adopted a level of re­li­a­bil­ity in the trans­porta­tion of North West (NWD) pas­sen­gers and their cargo to Mabaruma and Port Kai­tuma, the poor res­i­dents of these two sub-re­gions are cur­rently cry­ing out against the demon­stra­tion of favouritism by the Trans­port and Har­bours Depart­ment (T&HD) of which Min­is­ter David Pat­ter­son is in charge.

The NWD res­i­dents are claim­ing that their cargo which would con­sist of about one to three boxes are not al­lowed to be shipped to Mabaruma and Port Kai­tuma in­clud­ing Morowhanna. In other words the NWD res­i­dents are claim­ing that po­lit­i­cal dis­crim­i­na­tion and bribery are be­ing prac­ticed by the NWD steamer au­thor­i­ties since it is only the tons of cargo be­long­ing to the big busi­ness­men who are af­fil­i­ated to the APNU-AFC po­lit­i­cal par­ties are al­lowed to be shipped to the NWD while theirs are re­fused.

The NWD steamer leaves port Ge­orge­town in Kingston for the NWD ev­ery two weeks and res­i­dents would like the me­dia to wit­ness the pains and ha­rass­ment they go through at the T&HD Kingston wharf in get­ting their small cargo to their home. NWD res­i­dents are also claim­ing that pre­vi­ously this never hap­pen and the new de­vel­op­ment by the T&HD ad­min­is­tra­tion is presently af­fect­ing their liveli­hood. Peter Per­saud

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