[www.inewsguyana.com] – “Ms. Sooba is unqualified; she is unsuited and unwanted by the majority of members on the city council.” These are the words of Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) David Granger, when asked about his thoughts on the appointment of Carol Sooba as the Town Clerk of the Mayor and City Council.
Granger told reporters at the Party’s weekly press conference that the management of Georgetown requires special skills, which Sooba does not possess.
The APNU leader lambasted the government for appointing Sooba, knowing that she is unqualified for the position. As such, Granger urged the Local Government Ministry to rethink and recall Sooba’s appointment.
The Guyana Local Government Officers Union has given the government 72 hours to recall Sooba’s appointment; failure to do so will result in industrial action.
In this regard, APNU member Joseph Harmon said that the Town Clerk’s appointment could be challenged legally, however he prefers for the union’s action to run its course.
On Wednesday (December 4), government announced the confirmation of Sooba. Her appointment however, runs counter to the demands and wishes of several members of the Council including the Mayor, Hamilton Green who had raised concerns over Sooba’s qualifications, competence and ability to do the job.
Sooba, since her appointment as Acting Town Clerk in 2012 had come under heavy criticism and invoked a ‘deadlock between herself and Mayor Green.
Recent media reports suggested that the council had identified a “suitably” qualified candidate to assume the post of Town Clerk and had expressed delays over the appointment.