PRESS RELEASE LEADER’S VISIT TO EAST BERBICE People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown October 26, 2004

Last week, Friday, October 22 to Sunday, October 24, 2004, a high level PNCR team led by the Leader of the People's National Congress Reform and the Parliamentary Opposition, Mr. Robert H O Corbin, MP made a three (3) day visit to East Berbice. Accompanying the Party Leader were the Party Chairman, Mr. Winston Murray, CCH, MP, Vice Chairman Mr. Basil Williams, MP, Ms. Amna Ally, MP and Mrs. Volda Lawrence, MP. Areas visited included Port Mourant, Williamsburg, New Amsterdam and several villages on the East Bank of Berbice. In all the areas visited the Party delegation was warmly welcomed by residents who freely expressed their views and outlined the many problems being experienced by them.

A major issue at Williamsburg was what residents referred to as discrimination in the price of house lots. Residents were able to point to several examples where some persons paid $18,000 (eighteen thousand dollars) for a house lot while others were being asked to pay $72,000 (seventy two thousand dollars).

The PNCR delegation received a rousing welcome from the people of Port Mourant during their walk around the Community on Friday. During the visit several residents voiced their grave dissatisfaction with the PPP/C administration and the state of Guyana. As they traversed the Port Mourant market, residents of various areas on the Corentyne highlighted the neglect of infrastructure in their Communities by the Government. They raised concerns of poor water supply and electricity among others. The people of Port Mourant were pleased to have been visited by the Leader of the Opposition and his delegation for they had the opportunity to hear the other side of the story.

On Friday evening, the Leader and Party Chairman addressed residents of Port Mourant and its environs at a public meeting at the market square. This well attended gathering was brought up to date of the current situation in Guyana.

While visiting the East Bank Berbice, the residents of ‘Cracksville’ highlighted the sub-standard work done on their houses by the contractors of the scheme. At Sister’s Village, the erosion of the sea defence was obvious. Residents complained of loss of their crops and livestocks and their inability to access the backlands. In the case of Kortbratt and Lighttown, lack of potable water was the major problem.

The Leader also took time out to visit with Centenarian Madeline Benjamin of Sister’s Village who is 101 years old.

People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
October 26, 2004