The Mayor of Rose Hall, Corentyne, Berbice, Dave Budhu was on Sunday allegedly assaulted by a 53-year-old man who identified himself as a councillor and Field Officer attached to the Guyana Agricultural General Workers’ Union (GAWU). Police reported that the incident occurred at 11:50 h.
The Mayor related that he was at a meeting at Hampshire Civic Clinic Centre with Minister of Local Government Nigel Dharamlall and various councillors from Kilcoy, Hampshire, and Rose Hall Neighbourhood Democratic Council discussing drainage and irrigation matters.
The meeting commenced around 10:00 h and ended at 11:30 h. After the meeting, Mayor Budhu and the suspect were in the Hampshire Civic Clinic Centre compound where they were involved in a heated argument over cleaning works to Williamsburg Street, Corentyne, Berbice.
A Police report stated that the suspect became annoyed and started to abuse the Mayor by calling him a “waste man”. The suspect, according to the Police report, dealt the Mayor a cuff behind his head.
The matter was reported at Rose Hall Police Outpost.
The Mayor was escorted to the Port Mourant Hospital where he was treated by a doctor and sent away. The GAWU Field Officer was arrested and placed into custody pending charges.