Several new Toshaos were recently elected to serve their respective communities of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) for the next year.Following the elections, which were held for the various communities, Andre Lindee was elected Toshao of Sandhills; while Wayvon King was elected to head the Wiruni village; Ricky Boye will take up the top post for Kimbia; Ken Campbell will serve Calcuni village and Winsbert Benjamin will lead the Hururu Village.Vice Chairman of Region 10, Elroy Adolph, who was present at the elections said he was pleased with the level of democracy displayed in the communities. The communities did not have an election for the past three years.Adolph further urged the newly-elected Toshaos to work collaboratively with the people of the regions to foster development.In the area of transparency as it relates to funds, Adolph said this has been a sore issue in the past and urged the new Toshaos to be accountable.“They must be transparent. Some Toshaos believe that they are the boss over the finances. Many areas do not give proper accountability, so I am pleading with them to work together to give proper accountability and to cooperate,” Adolph noted.Elymewell Barkoye, who is part of the newly-elected Council at Hururu, also noted that one of the first orders of business will be the reporting of funds which might have been misused in the past, as he pointed out that an investigation is expected to be launched.Barkoye said it will be a hard task since approximately $20 million of the community’s funds which it garners from forestry and other activities has reportedly been misused.
A Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) businessman was on Saturday afternoon shot by two armed gunmen.Rajendra Prasad, called “Bobby” of “Bobby and Son Boutique” located at Arch Road, Rose Hall Town, was rushed to the Anamayah Memorial Hospital about 15:30h with two gunshot wounds – one to his abdomen and the other grazing his head. He was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was being observed by doctors.Meanwhile, Police were on Saturday evening in pursuit of the two perpetrators, who escaped on a CG motorcycle through Reef, Rose Hall into the backlands.An eyewitness told Guyana Times that the gunmen arrived on a motorcycle, and both were wearing full face helmets.According to another eyewitness, the boutique was closed during lunch and had just reopened when the bandits struck. The eyewitness related that persons in the store were ordered to lie face down on the floor. One of the gunmen then approached Prasad, who was in the cashier’s booth and opened fire, hitting him. The intruders then fled.This publication understands that no cash or valuables? were taken, leading Police to launch an investigation into a possible execution plot.In March, Police had nabbed a 24-year-old gunman with a .38 revolver, along with four matching rounds of ammunition.In his confession, the gunman – Cordell Fraser – had told investigators that he was on his way to assassinate Prasad after he was hired by a Jamaican man to carry out the hit.Prasad operates the major clothing and footwear store, and lives on the upper flat of the three-storey building.