By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Scores of citizens attempting to attend a meeting, organized by Mayor Hamilton Green, his Deputy Mayor and Councilors were prevented from entering the City Hall compound this morning [Tuesday, September 16] by members of the City Constabulary and the Guyana Police Force.
iNews understands that the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councilors had no permission from Town Clerk (ag) Carol Sooba to keep a meeting in the compound. Such a meeting is also believed to have the potential to disrupt the revenue collection process.
“We don’t have to seek permission from her, who is her; we are the main Council of the city of Georgetown, who is Ms. Sooba?” Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase Green exclaimed.
Chase Green explained that they decided to keep a meeting in keeping with the threat by the Leader of the Opposition, David Granger to mobilize local, national and international support in defence of democracy in wake of the President’s failure to announce a date for the long overdue local government elections.
“The deadline is up and the President must name a date for local government elections… this is just part of what is going on and what is going to happen… and the people must understand this is dictatorship,” the Deputy Mayor added.
She said prior to the meeting, all the recruits and Constabulary Officers were brought in, leaving all other assets, including markets unprotected.
“This is unnecessary,” she said; adding that “this is dictatorship with an incompetent, unqualified woman who is abusing her authority and has the support of the government.”
“We are fed up, totally fed up… yes to local government elections no to the PPP,” Chase Green said.
According to her, there are some persons working like robots in the City Constabulary and who are confused as to who is the boss and continue to take orders from the Town Clerk.
“According to the law she is not the functional authority… we are fed up, we are disgusted. After two years of her sitting there nothing has been done. We want local government elections and we want it now.”
Despite the distractions, the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Shadow Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkhan utilized a loud speaker to address the small gathering that was locked outside the compound.
Granger last week wrote President Ramotar demanding that he announce a date for the holding of Local Government Elections (LGE) before Monday, September 15 and to issue the ‘Commencement Order’ to operationalise the Local Government Commission and to initiate a process by which the Local Government (Amendment) Bill could be returned for his assent.
The Opposition Leader has threatened that failure by the President to announce a date for the holding of LGE will result in lawful action being taken to mobilise national and international support in defence of “local democracy, the Constitution and the rights of the Guyanese people.”
The Head of State has since responded; saying he wants Granger to clarify what precisely is his Party’s position. According to President Ramotar, the Opposition’s position on local and general elections is ambiguous and contradictory.