By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The high drama returned to the Georgetown City Council on Monday May 25 when acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba was instructed to proceed post haste on administrative leave following a motion brought to the council by Councillor Ranwell Jordan.
Decked in all black, Sooba who has had a strenuous tenure as Town Clerk with her appointment being confirmed at one time and a Court Ruling subjecting her to the position of de facto Town Clerk argued that the council was “out of order” to send her on leave.
On at the first statutory meeting of the council after the APNU+AFC took office, the council resolved to have Sooba sent on administrative leave.
According to Mayor Hamilton Green, the leave was being done to facilitate “criminal investigations” into the misappropriation of funds.
However three councillors rejected the imposition of administrative leave on Sooba with one of them arguing that it was “racist.”
Another suggested that the council forward the motion to the Minister of Local Government and Regional Development (now Minister of Communities) Ronald Bulkan to have it signed before Sooba was sent packing.
However the arguments continued unabated for well into an hour as Sooba sat in her chair and refused to acquiesce to the will of the majority of the councillors claiming that she was being ‘witch hunted.’
According to Sooba “you (Mayor Green) are out of order to send the Town Clerk on administrative leave….you are out of order to want to witch hunt me.”
Subject to her refusal to exit the building, Sooba was ceremoniously escorted out of the premises of City Hall with in her driver’s vehicle since the City Hall issued vehicle was confiscated.
No sooner had Sooba been removed from the seat designated for the Town Clerk, the deputy Town Clerk Sharon Harry promptly sat down, much to the applause and delight of her colleagues at the council.
When Sooba finally made her way down to the yard, and out of the gates where a crowd was gathered she was greeted with shouts of “Sooba must go,” and her driver sped down the streets with her in the back seat of the vehicle.