Three staffers of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) – the corporation executing the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project – were attacked by cutlass-wielding individuals who robbed one of them of a cell phone on October 12, a release from the Ministry of Public Works said.
The incident occurred around 1:45 pm. The release said that investigations revealed that the CHEC staff were back filling sand to the north of the existing runway when three persons approached the sand truck operator with a cutlass ordering him to stop the operation which he readily did.
The trio, the release said, then went across to the CHEC technicians some distance off and violently stole a cell phone valued US$500 from the pocket of one of the men. Another employee was gripped by his neck by one of the perpetrators.
The Ministry of Public Works strongly denounces this incident which sends a wrong message to foreign nationals working for Guyana’s development.
The Timehri police are investigating the matter and two persons so far have been arrested, the release said.