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Town Clerk locks Mayor out of office

May 7, 2014 | By | Filed Under News 
 

- forces Councillors to hold meeting in compound

By Zena Henry
The meaning of extraordinary was perfectly exhibited yesterday as City Hall’s Mayor and Councillors sat in the blazing afternoon sun to host their extraordinary Statutory meeting when acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba locked them out of the Council’s Chambers.
The extraordinary meeting was set to deal with three motions, one of which is to remove the acting Town Clerk from her post and another, to remove the Council’s Finance Committee Chairman Junior Garrett.
The Councillors voted unanimously to remove Sooba, the Finance Chairman, and then, to discipline all those who took part in the illegal sale of Easter spots at the seawall two weeks ago.

Several councillors arrived to find tightly locked doors to the Council’s chambers

Several councillors arrived to find tightly locked doors to the Council’s chambers00

The Council’s regular statutory meeting was adjourned by Mayor Green last week as the Town Clerk (ag) decided that the meeting was unconstitutional because she was not allowed to say the prayers. She ordered all Council officers to leave the meeting before she walked out. Mayor Green had requested that the Town Clerk call an extraordinary meeting last Friday after what had transpired, but Sooba refused.
Despite her office accepting another letter to convene an extraordinary meeting yesterday, when Councillors arrived at the chamber, they were left lingering as windows and doors were tightly shut.  Determined to hold their meeting, Councillors quickly started to set up chairs and desks in the agency’s parking lot, braving the hot afternoon sun. Some Councillors described the development as “madness”. Members of the police force had also visited City Hall, but left after Councillors convened their meeting in the parking lot.
Recognizing the presence of a recording clerk and the Council’s mace, the Mayor and Councillors got the meeting underway after reading out the sections of the Municipal and District Council Act which give them the power to do so. The motion to remove Sooba was forwarded by councilor Hector Stoute and seconded by councilor Randolph Atherley-Waite.
Several councillors spoke of the extent to which Sooba’s actions has reportedly set back the Council, as well as her disrespect to the executive body and the rules that govern the organization. Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green was adamant about Sooba’s disregard for the decisions the Council makes and other acts which she said are sometimes personally beneficial to her.
The councilors mentioned the illegal sale of Mashramani and Easter spots, the firing of Cevon’s Waste management, and a number of disrespectful correspondences to the Mayor and Councillors among other things.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) Royston King was voted in to perform the duties of Town Clerk until the Local Government Commission is put in place.
The motion against the Finance Chairman was brought by councillor Gregory Fraser and seconded by councilor Eon Andrews. They claimed that Garrett has been making decisions unilaterally and capriciously to sign-off payments to expend Council’s money without authorization. They said Garrett along with a PPP councillor Kamala Ross signed off on money that Sooba took without the Council’s permission, while he did the same with over $100,000 to sell spots on Easter day when the Council was not aware. They continued that Garrett refused to place other Councilors’ concerns in the 2014 budget and he had also signed off an improper letter to the bank asking them to release money to be returned to the Japanese government without the matter being brought to the Council. He was also voted out unanimously.
The Councillors later voted to discipline the voted out Town Clerk (ag) and all those who aided her in illegally selling Easter spots. They said that no authorization was given to Sooba by the Council to sell spots.
The Mayor and Councillors later blasted the Local Government Minister for his continued involvement in the affairs of the Council.
Both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor explained that on several occasions an audience has been requested with Minister Norman Whittaker and former Minister Ganga Persaud, but they have refused, “yet they want to run this Council”.
Chase-Green said the minister is disrespectful for telling Councillors to not hold the extraordinary meeting. “I can’t tell the Minister not to call his meetings, I can’t tell him not to go to Cabinet,” she charged.
Minister Whittaker emailed the Mayor over the weekend warning that they should not hold the meeting. Despite Sooba walking out of the last Statutory meeting, he maintained that Councillors should wait until the Town Clerk calls the meeting.
The Councillors said that once the Council’s mase, a recorder of minutes and a quorum are available, the meeting can take place.
“They thought that if they locked us out we can’t have our meeting because once we cast our vote; that is it. They tried to stop us from voting, but it didn’t work,” one councillor explained.

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Time for the PPP to call local election so that the daily drama can come to an end.

 

Hurry up Mr. Rammo. Bring on the Local elections since it is the foundation of any democratic nation.

 

The PPP is in a very good position to win.  Bring it on !

Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green and city councilors did the right thing in holding their extraordinary meeting in City Hall compound.

They also did the right thing in booting out Carol Sooba and electing Royston King to act as Town Clerk.

But this is where a big political hurricane is brewing and will blow away all the decisions of yesterday's extraordinary meeting.

I don't think the impending hurricane will take the form of local government elections.

The PPP knows it will not win in Georgetown.

So, the PPP will most likely take the extraordinary and expedient step to disband the City Council and impose a handpicked Interim Management Committee.

Look out for disaster news from Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker.

Originally Posted by asj:

Yuji, I agree with you that Local Government Elections is the way to go. Why the Corrupt PPP/C is holding back? Maybe they are scared? 

 

The PPP will hold Local Elections. They are gearing up.

 

In politics, you must have all the fundamentals in place before calling an election. The PPP is ensuring that they tackle the elections with full force.

 

They delay does not bode well and creates a bad impression. The PPP has nothing to fear, they will win and should not delay the Local Election. In fact, the AFC will be wiped off the political map at the local elections. The only place the AFC may secure a few votes is Albion.

 

Originally Posted by Gilbakka:
So, the PPP will most likely take the extraordinary and expedient step to disband the City Council and impose a handpicked Interim Management Committee.

An Interim Management Committee is long overdue.

Originally Posted by yuji22:
In fact, the AFC will be wiped off the political map at the local elections. The only place the AFC may secure a few votes is Albion

Their number of seats will be significantly reduced at the elections for both groups.

Georgetown does not need a hand picked Interim Management Committee made up of PPP lackeys. What they need are local government elections and democracy rule instead of the antiquated Communist policies that the PPP still hold dear to their hearts.
Originally Posted by Demerara_Guy:
Originally Posted by Gilbakka:
So, the PPP will most likely take the extraordinary and expedient step to disband the City Council and impose a handpicked Interim Management Committee.

An Interim Management Committee is long overdue.

Another stupid senile comment.

Originally Posted by Demerara_Guy:
Originally Posted by yuji22:
In fact, the AFC will be wiped off the political map at the local elections. The only place the AFC may secure a few votes is Albion

Their number of seats will be significantly reduced at the elections for both groups.

Another stupid senile comment.

Originally Posted by Mitwah:
Originally Posted by Demerara_Guy:
Originally Posted by Gilbakka:
So, the PPP will most likely take the extraordinary and expedient step to disband the City Council and impose a handpicked Interim Management Committee.

An Interim Management Committee is long overdue.

Another stupid senile comment.

Go easy on our resident octogenarian. 

Originally Posted by Demerara_Guy:
Originally Posted by Gilbakka:
So, the PPP will most likely take the extraordinary and expedient step to disband the City Council and impose a handpicked Interim Management Committee.

An Interim Management Committee is long overdue.

somebody should hand pick a husband for you

Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by asj:

Yuji, I agree with you that Local Government Elections is the way to go. Why the Corrupt PPP/C is holding back? Maybe they are scared? 

 

The PPP will hold Local Elections. They are gearing up.

 

In politics, you must have all the fundamentals in place before calling an election. The PPP is ensuring that they tackle the elections with full force.

 

They delay does not bode well and creates a bad impression. The PPP has nothing to fear, they will win and should not delay the Local Election. In fact, the AFC will be wiped off the political map at the local elections. The only place the AFC may secure a few votes is Albion.

 

Dude, you talk a lot of informed garbage. The fundamentals in elections is an electoral list, ballots, a process for holding an election and counting the ballots. We have been having elections every 5 years so the mechanics here are in place.

 

The problem with local election is that one gets to test the electors and the list directly. Local candidates would know exactly who are their voters. This kind of in depth local understanding is not something the PPP care to develop at this time. They had close to a quarter of a century to figure this out so to say they are still contemplating the fundamentals is bunk. They like things the way they are.

 

Since they are being prodded for local elections they feel they are under the gun. They are in a process of delay tactics to line up their ducks. It is the reason for the implantation of their Proxies in IMCs so they can get a decided advantage. It is the reason for the proliferation of IMC's even in small villages in the interior.

 

We are not getting local elections anytime soon. I can bet the house on it and feel safe. Local elections is not coming until after the next general election.

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Originally Posted by yuji22:

Time for the PPP to call local election so that the daily drama can come to an end.

 

 

PPP is NOT going to win G/twn, Linden, or New Amsterdam.  Don't worry.

 

What have they done in any of these towns to merit consideration, especially given that the majority of the people who live in those locations consider them to be racist and hostile.

Originally Posted by yuji22:

Time for the PPP to call local election so that the daily drama can come to an end.

 

Hurry up Mr. Rammo. Bring on the Local elections since it is the foundation of any democratic nation.

 

The PPP is in a very good position to win.  Bring it on !

-Ramotar demurs

President Donald Ramotar last night declined to respond definitively to yet another call by the diplomatic community – this time from the EU – for long-awaited local government elections to be held.

“As far as local government elections is concerned I cannot be oblivious to the political situation that exists in this country and further I say not,” the President said.

He was at the time responding to a call made for the running off of Local Government Elections by Head of Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Robert Kopecky at a reception to mark Europe Day at the envoy’s Bel Air Springs residence.

Analysts say that Ramotar’s statement reflects the widely held view that the government is aiming for general elections and is unprepared to risk a possible mauling at local government polls.

Ramotar’s response garnered much snickering and expressions of shock from guests at the reception especially local politicians.

“This man can’t be serious” said Alliance for Change Leader Khemraj Ramjattan. Other guests covered their faces and some were left questioning if it was really all the president would say.

Local Government elections were last held in 1994 and ever since then has been postponed for various reasons

 

http://www.stabroeknews.com/20...es-local-govt-polls/

Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Cobra:

Gerhard should run for Mayor, or better yet, deputy mayor under Benschop.

 

I second Gerhard for mayor. Problem is that GT always elect an Afro Mayor.

Inaccurate statement. Cecil D Persaud was Mayor of Georgetown in the late 1970s. He was an Indo businessman who lived at Barr and Alexander Streets, Kitty.

Originally Posted by Gilbakka:
Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Cobra:

Gerhard should run for Mayor, or better yet, deputy mayor under Benschop.

 

I second Gerhard for mayor. Problem is that GT always elect an Afro Mayor.

Inaccurate statement. Cecil D Persaud was Mayor of Georgetown in the late 1970s. He was an Indo businessman who lived at Barr and Alexander Streets, Kitty.


Lionel Luckhoo was mayor of GT in the mid fifties...

I think that Gerhard would make an excellent mayor of GT.....he is honest,hardworking and will bring  vigour and talent to the position....he would also clean up the town and plant flowers all over the place to help GT recapture the title as the "  Garden City ".....

Originally Posted by Churchill:

I think that Gerhard would make an excellent mayor of GT.....he is honest,hardworking and will bring  vigour and talent to the position....he would also clean up the town and plant flowers all over the place to help GT recapture the title as the "  Garden City ".....

There can be an external effort to draft him in event the position opens up with new elections. He is good hearted, well liked and can definitely forge a consensus among the new  and in a gracious exit of the old. you should start to organize a financial support base. Given the potential down the road this would not be a futile quest if he runs as an independent

Originally Posted by Stormborn:
Originally Posted by Churchill:

I think that Gerhard would make an excellent mayor of GT.....he is honest,hardworking and will bring  vigour and talent to the position....he would also clean up the town and plant flowers all over the place to help GT recapture the title as the "  Garden City ".....

There can be an external effort to draft him in event the position opens up with new elections. He is good hearted, well liked and can definitely forge a consensus among the new  and in a gracious exit of the old. you should start to organize a financial support base. Given the potential down the road this would not be a futile quest if he runs as an independent


If he wants to take up the challenge I would be happy to organise an effort here in the USA for him.....

Originally Posted by Churchill:

I think that Gerhard would make an excellent mayor of GT.....he is honest,hardworking and will bring  vigour and talent to the position....he would also clean up the town and plant flowers all over the place to help GT recapture the title as the "  Garden City ".....

Is he going to reward all Contracts of Plants and gardening to himself???