DC breaks promise to Bouterse
“President you can count on me. I will do my utmost for the country and the people and I will not betray your trust in me. You can count on me,” District Commissioner August Bado told President Desi Bouterse when he was sworn into office last week. But within 24 hours after he had come into office, he crossed the line by misbehaving himself towards an entrepreneur whom he owed money for having rented a skidder. DC Bado reportedly put up a road block and instructed police officers to do his bidding and ignore a court order. A skidder is a type of four-wheel tractor equipped with a grapple, used to haul logs or timber, especially over rough terrain. Bado was sworn into office by President Bouterse on Wednesday but on Thursday he got caught in a dispute with an entrepreneur whose skidder he had rented. He reportedly has not paid any rent for the past two years. The entrepreneur had permission from a judge to reclaim his skidder from Bado’s lumber concession. While transporting the skidder the ‘convoy’ was instructed by police officers from Moengo to report to the police station. When they got there, they saw that DC Bado was waiting for them. Witnesses claimed that police officers tried to keep the skidder from being taken back to Paramaribo. The group ignored the instructions of the police because they had a court order and the processserver on their side. DC Bado repeatedly tried to stop the convoy by blocking the road with his car. “I want to be the best DC of Suriname,” Bado had told reporters after he had been sworn into office. The DC was a legislator from the BEP before 2010. In 2012 he left the BEP and joined the NDP.