I would like to respond to a reply published in the Kaieteur News edition of 29th December 2008, in which the writer – Tiana Khan, Corporate Secretary – makes certain assertions. [A similar letter appeared in the Guyana Chronicle with an added paragraph].
Even though Ms. Khan is writing from the privileged position of being ensconced behind a desk, I have to reply to the points raised.
I assure you that other Victorians – who have signed a hard copy of this response, further reinforce that what I am saying here represents the facts as known by many others beside myself.
Firstly, I have to refer to a letter written by a Mr. Ali (hope the spelling is correct), a retired Chief Hydraulics Engineer for the Ministry of Works and Hydraulics, who stated in a letter published in SN, that the rainfall of the 1960s and 1970s was more than we currently receive. I believe this to be true, having lived through that period. Therefore I refuse to buy into everything being blamed on “unprecedented weather patterns” due to “Global Warming”; at least not our problems here in Victoria (and maybe even Guyana).
Secondly, the assertion that I interacted with the NDIA personnel means that my statements smack of “a deliberate attempt to mislead the public” is a gross leap. I have been traveling almost daily along the embankment road that runs from Kitty to Enmore. Anyone traveling this way will observe the following: ‘There is fresh mud that was excavated within the last week lining the road from just after Mon Repos until Annandale. An excavator cleaned drains on opposite sides of this roadway, to ensure that the excess water on the land speedily found its way into the drainage canals. The work stopped at the eastern end of Annandale at which point, the dividing dam with Buxton was crowned with fresh mud, thus raising the dam above the water level’. I believe it is to stop Buxton’s water from going into Annandale.
The villages between Annandale and Enmore are all flooded. The eastern dam between Dazzell Housing Scheme and Enmore has also been freshly crowned above the water level – again I believe it is to stop the water going into Enmore. GuySuCo has employed every available pump to remove the water from the land in Enmore. Even the pumps used in the fields were working to push the water into the drainage canals. Once again, as one leaves Enmore, all the villages from Haslington until Victoria are flooded. We saw great efforts made to rehabilitate the Nootenzuil and Hope kokers, so that that area is water-free; however, Dochfour and Ann’s Grove are all flooded. These are facts which are verifiable.
The additional paragraph in the Chronicle states that I tampered with NDIA installations causing flooding; since this is a criminal activity, why was I not prosecuted?
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