[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Social Protection has come out in full defense of its junior Minister, Simona Broomes following a verbal confrontation between her and Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Greene late last week.
As a result, Greene has since been sent on her 36 days annual leave. Following a report carried in some sections of the media, the Ministry in a statement explained what occurred between the two women.
It was noted that Minister Volda Lawrence and Broomes undertook a familiarisation tour of the Ministry and the various departments and agencies therein on Monday and Wednesday, May 25 and 27 respectively.
According to the Ministry, during the tour of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA), Greene refused to acknowledge the presence of Minister Broomes.
“Ms. Greene introduced only Minister Lawrence to the staff while completely ignoring Minister Broomes,” the statement noted. It was further explained that at a subsequent meeting Greene “conducted herself with hostility, boisterously, belligerently and in a disrespectful manner towards Minister Broomes in the presence of Minister Lawrence, the Permanent Secretary and other staff members. Minister Lawrence was forced to caution and reprimand Ms. Greene for her unprofessional and disrespectful conduct.”
According to the statement, Greene loudly and aggressively declared her unwillingness to work with Minister Broomes unless Minister Broomes submitted herself to demands and ultimatums made by Greene.
“At no time did Minister Broomes engage in any confrontation with Ms. Greene. The Ministry views Ms. Greene’s conduct and actions as grossly unprofessional, constituting insubordination, contemptuous and untenable.
The unwarranted conduct and attitude of Ms. Greene towards both ministers, but Minister Broomes in particular, and in full view of ministry staff, has been deemed to be unacceptable.”
According to the release, both Ministers Lawrence and Broomes have assumed their responsibilities in good faith and with a view to working harmoniously will all staff at the Ministry in service to the people of Guyana, particularly women, children and the vulnerable and abused.