Former Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson contends that the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation General Manager, Rawlston Adams, is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

His comments come on the heels of criticisms by the general public and even sections of the media, as to why he approved and purchased a gold bracelet for himself at a whopping $897,000, while other staffers received gifts worth $10,000.

“On the gold band matter, management, in particular the GM, needs to provide a solid response to this issue, including the circumstances and decision-making process behind this procurement – knowing the team, I am confident a full and frank response is forthcoming, remember the maxim – “innocent until proven guilty” – Go figure,” Patterson said.

This revelation was brought to the fore last week at the handing over of the investigation into the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation’s Asphalt Plant.

Lead investigator Chateram Ramdihal had explained to reporters that the gift was purchased in November 2019 for International Men’s Day. He noted that gifts were also bought for other staffers with a limit of $10,000.

Meanwhile, Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill has said that he will be soon meeting with Adams to discuss the matter. He added that if necessary, the Manager will have to face consequences for his action.


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