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Flouting council's decision
The Town Clerk was on the receiving end of some scathing criticisms over the handling of a newspaper report on the theft last month at the residence of the deputy mayor. It was the consensus that she did not ensure that the council's Public Relations Officer (PRO) Royston King dealt properly with the matter, after it was agreed by the full council that the newspaper be brought to book.
The cause for concern was as a result of a story in the Kaieteur News last month alleging that thieves had broken into the residence of the deputy mayor who is also chairman of the council's Finance Committee and had stolen money and vouchers belonging to the council.
At the statutory meeting on April 14, 2003 the deputy mayor Robert William explained that no money belonging to the council had been stolen from his residence and that the thieves had taken away no more than 3 to 4 vouchers which he had taken home to be signed... a normal practice.
After much debate councillors on hearing an explanation from the chairman of the Finance Committee agreed that the PRO should seek a retraction of the contents of the story from the newspaper.
When the mayor enquired last Monday if this was done he was told that the PRO had spoken to someone at the newspaper while he was in the Town Clerk's office last month, but the Town Clerk was unable to give any details on what transpired... and who was the person spoken to at Kaieteur News.
The plot thickened, when both the mayor and his deputy revealed to councillors that at separate times each of them spoke to the publisher and editor of the newspaper and they were told that no such request was forthcoming from city hall.
The deputy mayor as if in disgust declared... "I am asking that nothing further be done by the PRO on this matter..." while the 'chief citizen' wanted to know if a telephone conversation was the way to handle the matter...
The leader of the People's National Congress Reform on the council Oscar Clarke said he was not impressed with the Town Clerk's explanation... "such matters must be dealt with dispatch..." was his rebuke.
The People's Progressive Party/C's Fitzgerald Agard who is the chief spokesman for his party around the horseshoe-shaped table said all the administration has to do was to issue a statement saying that none of the money stolen from the deputy mayor's residence belonged to the council. The issue remains unresolved.
The truth hurts
PNCR councillor Zaman Ali has a bee in his bonnet over a section of the last City Council Round Up carried in this newspaper in which mention was made of the $30,000 monthly allowance as well as servings of food and refreshment to 28 of the 30 councillors. The PNCR councilor whose rare interventions never fail to get a humorous response from the mayor was of the view that the reference to food and money was disgraceful and "gutter journalism". He called on the council to send a letter to the Editor of the newspaper reflecting his objections. "The points you raised will be taken for notification...", said Mayor Green.
Councillor Ali you'll be well advised to `let sleeping dogs lie'.