By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chief Justice Ian Chang in a ruling on Wednesday, May 14 deemed the appointment of Public Relations Officer of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council Royston King as City Town Clerk by Mayor Hamilton Green as illegal.
Chang’s ruling was in response to an application filed on May 13 and which was heard today.
In his ruling, the CJ said that unless cause is shown and/or reason is provided for the appointment of King then the move is unlawful, ultra vires, irrational, unreasonable, wholly in excess of jurisdiction, unreasonable, null, void and of no legal effect.
This in effect prevents King from performing any duties as Town Clerk.
Green recently swore King in as Town Clerk in a bid to get rid of the Town Clerk (ag) Carol Sooba, whose appointment was also squashed by the CJ.
Chang said for the Mayor to decide that Sooba should no longer perform the functions of Town Clerk, or send her on administrative leave is also unlawful. The matter has been adjourned to the May 22.
The application was filed by Sooba through her Attorney-at-Law Roysdale A. Forde. There was much uproar at the meeting at City Hall on Monday, May 12 when both Sooba and King attempted to preside over a meeting, both as Town Clerks.
The High Court has ruled that the Local Government Minister could not appoint a Town Clerk because that is a function of the yet to be established Local Government Commission.
However, the Mayor and some Councillors believe Sooba is unqualified for the post of Town Clerk and should resign.
Sooba maintains that she is competent and with the support of the government, has stood her ground.