Accused of being in possession of human skeleton, an angry mob beat two suspects to death, while a third is being treated at a medical facility in Ganta.1 critically injuredCommercial activities in Ganta City, Nimba County came to a standstill on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, when some angry residents reportedly attacked three people suspected of ritualistic killings, while they were being escorted to Police headquarters for “interrogation.”The citizens’ mob action, according to reports, resulted to the death of two of the suspects, while the other one, who was eyewitnesses, was ‘flogged severely’ is admitted at a health center in the city under intense pressure. The crowd had accused them of being in possession of human skeleton. Police had yet to verify the information when angry crowd reportedly took the law into their own hands.Up to press time last night, police were yet to make any arrest, but Ganta Police Detail Commander, Adolphus Zuah, who confirmed the information, said he has dispatched officers to the crime scene to investigate the matter.“I don’t know what went wrong before the suspects were mobbed to death. I heard the taxi cab they were traveling on broke down, and so the crowd came against them,” Zuah said via mobile phone. “I only heard that a police undercover agent in Saclepea, central Nimba, was escorting three suspects from the district to Sanniquellie, the county political capital, when a commercial vehicle they were riding on broke down, thus giving rise to marauding gangs to mob two of the suspects to death, while the third person was severely wounded.”Commander Zuah said two of the police officers that were among other unarmed officers dispatched to quell the situation sustained wounds from the angry crowd that were reportedly using sticks, stones and any deadly objects to wound and eventually kill two of the suspects.The crowd, according to Zuah had claimed that the accused individuals were suspected of carrying on ‘heartmen’ activities (ritualistic killings), but the allegation was yet to be substantiated when two of them were mobbed to death.Also, confirming the information, the head of the county police Criminal Investigation Division (CID), James Katoe, said the suspects were reportedly mobbed to death by “some suspected criminals; some of them on police wanted list.”The deceased suspects, Katoe said, were being escorted by police from Saclepea to Sanniquellie, the county political capital, for questioning in connection to the report of ‘heartmen’ activities, when they were attacked in Ganta.“As we speak, I am on my way to Ganta, and will give you detailed information [on Thursday]. Up to now, we don’t even have the case file to establish the identities of the suspects and what are their respective charges,” Detective Katoe informed the Daily Observer via mobile phone.Meanwhile, up to press time last night, Ganta has remained heavily guarded by the presence of a contingent of police officers from a garrison of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stationed at the Bong County Security Hub.The ERU officers are being dispatched to maintain calm in the wake of the hostilities in the commercial city of Ganta which, according to one account, had forced some of the business centers to close, while residents were warned to leave the streets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The number of Chinese investors who wish to establish businesses in the Guyanese market has begun to decline, which could mean the influx of traders will soon stabilise.This is according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Owen Verwey, who noted that the amount of investments reaching the agency from China is fewer than that which was recorded a few years ago.“In terms of the Chinese Industries coming to Guyana, I think it’s more or less stabilised now. We don’t see as many as (we were) seeing before,” Verwey said.This, he said, is completely normal since there are instances when an influx of investors would flood the market to establish trades, and these numbers would later stabilise.“Presently, the situation is at the stabilisation level in Guyana, and the future will tell if these numbers would remain or decrease further.“As things change, you see an influx, and then starts to stabilise and it either stays at that level or it declines. I think it’s coming more focused and more planned within the intentions and strategies and policies of [the] Government of Guyana,” said Verwey.In November, China will be hosting its inaugural China International Import Expo, which is intended to merge exporters from around the world to determine what can be imported into the country. Presently, China is one of the largest manufacturing and exporting nations in the world, and hence the expo will provide a medium for the country to showcase its interests in the exports of other countries. For this, over 21 companies from Guyana will be participating.“On the international forum, there is the inaugural China International Import Expo which will be held (from) November 5-10. We had the launching of that in Guyana, the information is well out there, and we have about 21 companies from Guyana who will be attending with us. The big advantage of this event is (this is) the first time China is opening its economy to imports, and it’s actually allowing you to showcase what you have to send to China.”While the manufacturing industry is one of the emerging sectors in Guyana’s economy, Verwey explained, there are still some challenges, mainly in the cost of energy consumption as well as the consistency of the power supply. However, many of these projects are now in the initial stages, and produce results when they are completely established.“The cost of power is the number one issue. In our agency, manufacturing is one of the primary sectors that we look at, so anything manufacturing-related we tend to give attention. There are some activities that are going on at the early stages right now. Overall, manufacturing did have its challenges over a number of years, both energy cost and energy reliability affecting it, and the overall cost of production and shipping,” Verwey explained.