Residents of Pipeline Community in Paynesville are finding it difficult to travel in and out of the area, after the only bridge connecting their community to the rest of Paynesville was flooded over as a result of several days of heavy downpour of rain.Our reporter, who visited the area last Wednesday, reported that motorbikes and four-wheel vehicles were the only means of transport that people could make use of to commute across the flood water.The chairman of the United Christian Community, Musa Kamara, told the Daily Observer that due to the bad road condition, residents were finding it very difficult to make ends meet. “Due to the bad road, especially in the rainy season, we are doomed to face water flowing from everywhere to enter our homes,” Mr. Kamara cried.Despite the situation, residents continue to fend for themselves and move forward with their lives. Mr. Kamara has appealed to government to help restore normalcy to the area by providing a paved, all-weather road.The road, he said, connects United Christian Community, Pipeline and other nearby communities, including Whein Town and Kpeh-Kpeh Town in Lower Johnsonville, among others.In spite of the odds, residents there over the weekend broke ground for the construction of a center for the Youth Intellectual Forum.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Local Government ElectionsThe Alliance For Change (AFC) held its second National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting for 2018 on Tuesday where a decision was taken to have its leader, Raphael Trotman respond to President David Granger in a “prescribed manner” on the issue of Local Government Elections.The AFC late Tuesday evening said the meeting was held at the Georgetown Club and was attended by members of the NEC, representatives from all the administrative regions and Diaspora representatives, including persons from Grenada who represented the AFC’s Caribbean Chapter.According to the party, Trotman reported to the meeting that on April 30, he received a response to the AFC letter dated February 26, 2018, which was sent to leader of the A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), President David Granger. The AFC letter outlined a number of matters, including the issue of the approach to Local Government Elections and the response from Granger proposed “a certain course of action.”“The NEC deliberated on this matter and mandated the leader respond to His Excellency in a prescribed manner. This will be done in the coming days and following the dispatch of that communication, the AFC will make a more detailed statement on the issue,” the AFC in a statement said on Tuesday evening.Last month, after months of uncertainty, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan said the party will be going into the LGE with the APNU under one ticket.“We have made a decision that we are going as a coalition. We have to thrash out a number of issues preferably in relation to candidacy candidates, and a number of other things,” he told the press, while noting that the AFC has noticed some unfortunate developments in the Georgetown municipality.Ramjattan was referring to the attitude of APNU Councillors, including Town Clerk Royston King towards AFC members, which he claimed is “bothering us.” The AFC Chairman indicated that statements in this regard have been made and will be officially raised through communication with APNU officials.In mid-January, Trotman had announced the possibility of the party breaking away from the APNU for this year’s LGE. The AFC leader went as far as to reveal that there was a strong opinion of body within the party that the AFC should go alone, which may have been prompted over delays with reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord.The AFC has, of recent, come under fire for the perceived submissive role it played when it joined forces with APNU. In 2017, top leadership of the AFC had decided to revise its governing agreement with APNU.