Region Two Amerindian captains sworn in
September 9, 2002
Captains for the nine Amerindian villages in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) received their letters of appointment and were sworn in as rural constables last Friday during a simple ceremony in the Regional Boardroom at Anna Regina, as part of the activities marking Amerindian Heritage Month.
The captains are:
Wendell Thomas - Bethany,
Francis Charles - Mashabo,
Eulic Charles Henry - Capoey,
Yvonne Fredericks - Mainstay/Whyaka,
Doreen Jacobis - Tapakuma,
Thomas Charles - St. Monica,
Edward Smith - Kabakaburi,
David Wilson - Akawini, and
Lloyd Pereira - Wakapoa.
The letters of appointment were presented to the captains by Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues, while the swearing-in was done by Cecil Bovell, DSM, from Police Headquarters in Georgetown. He was accompanied by Leroy Brummel, commander of 'G' division.
In his remarks, Regional Chairman Ali Baksh told the captains and councillors that his administration "stands ready in support of the various communities."
Rodrigues in her brief address advised the captains to be prepared to deal with any criticism as a means towards improving their standard of work and service to the people they represent.
The minister told them also to "be always proud of yourselves as Amerindians because you were the first who came here and you accepted all who came after."
In delivering the charge, Regional Executive Officer Nandkishore Persaud told the captains that people have put confidence in them and they must give them the support they need. He also pointed out that the captains should execute their duties with due consultation with their communities.