Months after the Pan African Travel Agency sued Minister of Land, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo, over unpaid airline tickets totaling US$7,268, another travel agency, L’Aphilia Travel and Tours, has taken the Minister to the Monrovia City Court for “theft of service.”The L’Aphilia management has sought the court’s intervention to compel Sendolo to pay US$40,168 in airline tickets provided to the Minister some time ago.Minister Sendolo is expected to appear in court today to answer to a charge of “theft of service.”The agency sought the court to prosecute Minister Sendolo, alleging that the Minister, during 2014 and up to 2015, obtained its services through which he received air tickets totaling over US$40,000.The agency said defendant Sendolo has refused to pay the amount despite numerous efforts to have him settle the arears.“We have exercised every possible means available to have the Minister pay the money, but he has refused and failed to make the payment (for) the ticket service rendered him by the airline,” the court document alleges.According to court documents, the alleged act by defendant Sendolo is “wicked, unlawful, illegal and intentional” in violation of Section 15.52 of the Penal Law of which the Minister is charged for “theft of service.” Lawyers representing defendant Sendolo have up to today to respond to the allegation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With pollution taking its toll presently on the environment, resulting in more frequent flooding as a result of clogged drains and canals, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reiterated the importance of having the ban on single-use plastics implemented sooner than later.In an interview with Guyana Times on World Environment Day, Executive Director of the agency, Dr Vincent Adams explained that the EPA has been in consultations with international agencies in this regard.“We’re still working on it in partnership with others too. Of course, you know we have been going to international meetings and conferences with the international communities under the United Nations etcetera but we are putting together a programme and a plan for it and again, all of that is going to be built into our entire strategic plan for the agency in terms of work,” he explained.According to him, the ban on single-use plastics is critical at this point as is a second look at what mercury is doing for the environment.He intends to have a microscopic view of what the effects of these and other contaminants are.When asked how soon can the ban implemented, the Director said he chooses to be “realistic”, saying “in a few years”.Adams reminded that consultations must be held with Guyanese before such a step is taken. He stated that “There are commitments and I don’t wanna say next year. I would like for it to be as soon as maybe next couple of years or so but we’ve got to be realistic here too. It’s not as simple as saying ‘okay you’re going to ban it.’ What are you going to put in place after you ban it and how it’s going to impact business, so there are all kinds of complexities but of course we are doing everything possible to make it happen as soon as possible.”Last April, the then Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a post-Cabinet press conference announced Government’s position on ending of the use of plastic bags across Guyana.He explained that plastic is a problem across the world and Guyana, for its part, was not exempted from the consequences of this pollution.“Cabinet agreed that the matter had to be addressed if we were truly committed to the tenets of our Green State Development Strategy… It was further agreed that the Government would adopt and institute measures to minimise the use of plastic and propose appropriate legislation to give effect to these measures,” he had explained.According to Harmon, a Cabinet memorandum was prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency in this regard.Providing a timeline, Harmon was optimistic that the ban could be pulled off by the year 2021.“The intention is not going to be immediate, but they are basically going to get people, over time, to wean themselves off of plastics. There are six supermarkets that have indicated willingness to work with the EPA that they start to reduce… the use of plastic bags.”The implementation of this initiative comes at a time when Guyana happens to be one of the countries in the Caribbean that is mostly affected by plastic pollutants.In Guyana, plastic articles, specifically plastic bags, have been the reason for clogged drains, trenches and canals and have oftentimes resulted in flooding over the years. As though a precursor to banning plastic, the Government took a decision to place a ban on styrofoam back in 2016, after much contention.