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Diego volunteers embark on self-help clean up
Former Congress of the People (COP) councillors have criticised the party for its failure to show strength and independence within the People’s Partnership coalition. “The Congress of the People (COP) has been emasculated as part of the People’s Partnership,” said calypsonian and former councillor for Morne Coco, Phillip Murray (Black Sage).
Murray said it was hard to defend the actions of the Government of which the COP was a part. “The negatives of the Government were too much to justify.” Murray, who is now a member of the Jack Warner led Independent Liberal Party (ILP) was part of a group of councillors, candidates for local government elections on October 21, who mobilised 200 volunteers to clean-up Diego Martin yesterday.
The volunteers, armed with rakes and other clean-up equipment walked along the Diego Martin Highway, accompanied by a police escort as they filled bags with debris and garbage along the roadside. ILP regional co-ordinator for Diego Martin, Wazim Daniel, said Diego Martin had waited for help, without any assistance for too many years. He said the water courses in the Diego Martin area were not being cleared and were being left blocked, resulting in flooding and distress for residents.
“What we are doing is that we are coming out here and we are cleaning the drains for the people of Diego Martin and we will continue this initiative. We are going to do it the first Saturday of every month.” “We want the residents to not wait for the relevant authorities. Let us clean the community for ourselves.” Daniel said his group had cleaned and unclogged drains in the Petit Valley area, a task which belonged to the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.
He felt the corporation had failed residents of Diego Martin. “They are just issuing erroneous statements that 92 per cent of drains in Diego Martin had been cleaned. If 92 per cent of the drains were cleaned there would not have been such disastrous flooding in Diego Martin,” he added.
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