By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Greene was issued with a letter on Friday, May 29 directing her to proceed on annual leave which amounts to 36 days, following a heated argument between herself and Junior Minister of Social Protection, Simona Brooms.
Greene is expected to return to work on July 7, 2015. iNews was reliably informed that Greene and other staff members were meeting with Ministers Broomes and Volda Lawrence when Greene asked Broomes to “build” a relationship with the staff at the Agency since they were still hurting over comments Broomes made during the elections campaign.
During the campaigns, Broomes, who was then President of the Guyana Women Miners Association, allegedly said that the best thing that came out of the Child Care and Protection Agency was the paint on the building.
After reminding Minister Broomes of what she said and advising her that this is now the time to mend the fence, the Junior Minister reportedly got annoyed and informed Greene that she [Broomes] is a Minister and that Greene had no business telling her how to do her work.
The exchange reportedly took place in full view of other staff members of the agency and at one point the Minister reportedly stormed out of the office, slamming the door behind her.
Efforts made by iNews to contact Broomes last night proved futile.
Greene has not yet decided if she will be returning to ministry. Sources noted that the move might not have been a properly thought out one given the fact that Greene has been heading the department since its establishment and she is needed during this transition period.