Bridge linking Wakapoa with Akawini destroyed in suspected vandalism

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The logs that stretched across the length of the bridge were cut in smaller pieces and displaced severely hampering access to commuters

A bridge which links two Amerindian communities, Wakapoa and Akawini (located in Pomeroon-Supenaam, Region Two) to each other was on Friday last completely destroyed and is affecting the residents from passing.

According to a source, residents were shocked when they turned up to use the bridge to find it vandalised.

Both communities use the bridge on a daily basis and residents of Wakapoa believe that due to a boundary dispute between the two Amerindian communities, someone from Akawini destroyed the bridge with a chainsaw, cutting the logs into pieces with the intention of stopping all tractors from moving logs from Akawini to Wakapoa.

Junior Minster of Indigenous Affair, Valerie Garrido-Lowe visited the area on Saturday with the Police and a suspect has since been arrested.

As logging is the main source of income for the two communities, the residents are calling for the bridge to be urgently repaired.

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