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The South African trip
Both the mayor and his deputy have admitted being left out of the arrangements which were made by the local branch of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for a number of Guyanese including Town Clerk (TC) Beulah Williams to travel to South Africa earlier this month.
The Chairman of the Finance Committee, Deputy Mayor Williams said he was only made aware of the TC’s proposed visit when the city treasurer presented a cheque for his signature to take care of their per diem while in South Africa.
When told that one of the council’s committees had given approval for the trip, both the mayor and Councillor Williams requested the minutes of that meeting when the matter was discussed. The procedure is that reports by committees are usually brought before the full council for debate and approval.
The ‘chief citizen’ referred to the government dissociating itself from the composition of the Guyana delegation and urged councillors to insist things are done properly at all times saying the “lawlessness has infected the structure at City Hall.”
The discussions in South Africa dealt with a wide range of issues relating to local government and brought together representatives from several countries.
It would be interesting to find out how the Guyana delegation was selected and who or which agency identified those who should go to South Africa.
No more ‘comrade’
Things are a-changing: a former city mayor and PNCR Councillor Ranwell Jordan at last week’s statutory meeting objected to the use of the word ‘comrade’ by Mayor Green when addressing councillors. He told the mayor “you should address us as councillors and not comrades...” The response from the ‘chair’ was “you are wasting time...”
The turf skirmish between the city treasurer and the head of the IT unit of the council is still to be settled with preparations being made for an outsider to intervene and make a judgement on the role of Information Technology in the administration.
More than half of the thirty councillors were present at Friday’s budget presentation by Deputy Mayor and Finance Committee Chairman Williams, in the concert hall. Two angels in white flowing robes served as a backdrop to the head table which was occupied by the Mayor, Councillor Williams, City Treasurer Mr Edinboro and the Deputy Town Clerk. The angels were not the handiwork of City Hall; they belong to a religious body that uses the hall for church services.
While councillors, including members of the public and a spattering of senior and junior employees of the municipality, listened to the presentation of the budget, one city mother was otherwise engaged taping the proceedings with her handheld modern video camera. Was she filming for posterity or for immediate use in the news?
Once again members of the media were found wanting when they were invited to pose questions to the presenter of the budget or the Mayor. It was a repeat of last year when the reporters in attendance complained that they could not ask questions, since they had not been provided with the budget speech.
Last Friday it was PNCR Member of Parliament and party vice-chairman Mr Vincent Alexander who rescued the situation after members of the public were invited to fill the void.