[www.inewsguyana.com] – Shadow Local Government Minister Ronald Bulkan told reporters this morning that the Georgetown municipality has a new Mayor and it is not even Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase Green.
According to Bulkan, Acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba is the new Mayor.
“It is quite clear that the City of Georgetown has a new Mayor and her name… is Carol Sooba,” Bulkan said.
He claimed that by her actions which are being condoned by central government, Sooba has virtually hijacked the authority of Mayor Hamilton Green and by extension the Council. “A Council she has miniaturized and marginalized.”
Bulkan said it was very sad and distressing to observe what Sooba, under the instructions of central government, has done to the Georgetown municipality.
“It appears there have been some secret elections which the Council is not privy to where Sooba has been installed as the Mayor of Georgetown,” Bulkan said; adding that “Sooba has usurped all the authority of the democratically elected Council.”
Bulkan was at the time speaking as a member of a panel at A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) press conference this morning.
He says the imposition of Sooba on the Council is the root cause for the problems and sorry state of Georgetown.
Earlier in the week, Sooba had said that Mayor Green should gracefully bow-out as Mayor of Georgetown since, according to her, he seems too tired to function as Mayor.
Meanwhile, APNU Election Campaign Manager Winston Felix says City Hall has been “Soober-ized.”
He said the government has imposed its “imperial majesty” on the City even as a collective call was made on President Donald Ramotar to cease and desist from such actions.
Also Opposition Leader David Granger said President Donald Ramotar must tell the nation the truth about local government elections.
“The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration does not have the prerogative to deny the people their constitutional right to local democracy. The Guyanese people are being denied their right to elect their own local and municipal leaders. They are being denied their right even to know when those elections will be held,” Granger said.