Grove/Diamond residents step up queries about alleged corruption in NDC
Controversy continues to surround the Grove/ Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), with residents stepping up queries about how the NDC spends their tax dollars.
In a letter addressed to Kaieteur News, these residents also accused a senior NDC official of signing documents for a parcel of state owned land to allow another official to build a shop and erect a residential building on the said property in Grove.
It was also stated that the senior NDC official sold his property in Grove a few years later and proceeded to build a house on a reserve without legal documents.
“They putting these people to run the NDC and manage we money and they don’t even obey rules and legal things. They appear to be above the law… even thiefing we money and everybody getting away all because Government allowing them to…it ain’t fair to we,” complained one resident from Grove.
Residents are also querying the alleged sale of a tractor belonging to the Grove/ Diamond NDC, reportedly at a cheap price, to an acquaintance of some NDC officials.
“I don’t think much people know they were selling the item or else other people would have bid or tendered or expressed that they wanted to buy it and I am sure they would have paid much more than that. But to sell anything belonging to the NDC without public knowing is barefaced fishy business and all of us does pay taxes and suppose to be treated equally,” one cane cutter of Diamond said.
Kaieteur News was also told that a garbage truck was donated late last year to the NDC by the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. However; the “brand new” truck did not function for a month. It ceased working altogether and to date is still to be repaired.
The residents told this publication that the NDC is presently hiring Puran Brothers at a cost of $35,000 per trip to collect and dispose of garbage. It is claimed that the amount of money that is being spent would exceed what it would cost to repair the NDC’s truck.
They have also begun to question whether the NDC has documentation to support their transactions.
“Does the NDC have a list of assets belonging to them? Did the NDC prepare a budget for 2012 and publish same in the official gazette and the newspaper? What amount of debts does the Grove/ Diamond NDC owe?” were additional questions that these residents want answers for.
Kaieteur News also understands that the residents also want to know how much longer the NDC office and transactions will be conducted at the Diamond Community Centre Ground since the area is deemed unsafe and their taxes are stored on the premises.
“What we also want to know is how much longer will we have to be going there and paying our rates and taxes? They don’t even have proper security or armed guards there and people can do robberies there and go away with our money but it is as if they don’t care.
Anyhow, we want a change because if is not bandits with guns, then it is their own staff and seniors that thiefing our money and getting off scott free,” added one man.