By Radha Motielall
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Augustine James Daniels is alleging political interference in the Swan Amerindian Community, along the Soesdyke Linden Highway.
Daniels has been serving as Chairman of the Community Development Council (CDC), which falls under the purview of Philomena Sahoye-Shury, National Director for CDCs.
The man told iNews that he was fired in his absence and replaced by his secretary. He further claimed that he was replaced because he came out in support of the Independent Party, led by Mark Benschop.
Meanwhile, Ms Shury in an invited comment on the matter, told iNews that Daniels was indeed replaced, but stressed that this was done in response to the residents’ demand.
According to Shury, she was unaware of the problem until she was invited to the community for a meeting, at which close to 200 residents were present.
She said the residents then alleged that Daniels was misusing the community’s resources, including the state sponsored school bus and that he was not dealing with the community “appropriately”.
She further informed iNews that Daniels was accused of selling a Food for the Poor (FFTP) house for $4M, which is illegal.
Ms. Shury highlighted that the houses were built by FFTP, free of cost, and on lands provided to the community by the State, so that any sale of the houses/land was prohibited.
She said based on the allegations, the residents demanded a new leader, adding that “if the people want the change what could I do, could I stop them?”
Ms. Shury said she is in discussion with the Amerindian Affairs Ministry to have the allegations investigated.