By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] -President Donald Ramotar while meeting with the media at State House on Saturday (June 7), described the ongoing drama at City Hall over the past months as a disaster.
“Mr. President what are your thoughts on what is happening at City Hall,” the Head of State was asked; he immediately responded “City Hall is just a disaster.”
According to Ramotar citizens should raise their voices and let their concerns be heard. He said it was very sad to see that there was so much to do around Georgetown, that fall within the remit of the City Council, but instead there is internal fighting.
“I think the Mayor should show some maturity and work along with the Town Clerk,” he added. The Head of State said he doesn’t see why the Mayor and his Councillors are fighting with Town Clerk (ag) Carol Sooba when all she is doing is trying to ensure accountability and viability of the Council.
“I don’t see why they should have a problem and create all these issues and the tensions they are having,” he said.
President Ramotar stated too that the Council has over 900 employees, “Some of them you don’t even see… what they are being paid for I don’t know,” adding that maybe these are the political patronage that is given at the level of the town council.
Since her appointment as Town Clerk, late 2013, Sooba has been met with considerable rejection by the Mayor Hamilton Green and some Councillors. Her appointment was also challenged in the Court and later squashed by Chief Justice Ian Chang, reverting her to acting in the position.
The period immediately after saw the Mayor appointing Public Relations Officer Royston King as Town Clerk, but his appointment was deemed illegal.
The tension between the two has resulting is nasty slurs emanating from both sides, locked doors, and threats on individual lives. At present there seems to be no end to the fighting at City Hall as Georgetown continues to be reduced further into the ‘Garbage City’ as many refer to it.
This has seen an increase in calls for immediate local government elections to be held.