Chase Green, King could face another no-confidence motion

first_imgBy Michael YoungeA group of Councillors from the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is working on bringing another no-confidence motion against Mayor Patricia Chase Green and Town Clerk Royston King as there continues to be growing concern over the manner in which the Georgetown municipality is being run.One of the Councillors who spoke with  Guyana Times on Thursday morning said the motion was being carefully drafted and a strategic plan was being worked out to ensure that the “infamous duo” could not use their “political manoeuvres” to kill or block the motion as was the case on previous occasions.City Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene“We know that they will try very hard to fight the motion, but to tell the truth: these two officials are running the Council and City Hall as if it is a cake shop or their own personal business. They do not understand what good governance, democracy or integrity mean,” the Councillor who chose to remain anonymous until the motion is fully prepared and ready to be tabled.The Councillor insisted that his colleagues and others have tried diligently to work with the Town Clerk and the Mayor, but it appeared as though they were a law unto themselves.“There is massive corruption … fraud at the Council and the continued mismanagement of the Council’s resources, but little or no serious focus and introspection is being done. We cannot allow these two personalities to stand any longer without stepping aside so that the Council and Georgetown could be restored to their former glory. This is not the change residents of Georgetown voted for,” the Councillor alleged.The City Councillor also told <<>> that at least two members of the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition were willing to deflect if the motion is tabled, debated and voted on secretly.“They are fearful. These two are seen as tyrants who in the end get their way. But we are going to strike at the right time and just when the situation is convenient. There are scores of complaints against King at the level of the Local Government Commission, but I feel it’s powerless because of politics,” the Councillor remarked.Back in March, City Councillor Sherod Duncan failed in his quest to have the Council argue a motion of no-confidence against Town Clerk King.Duncan’s motion was disallowed when a majority of Councillors voted to accept legal advice which declared that the policy-making body had no right to declare a lack of confidence in its chief administrative officer.The decision was made after Mayor Chase Green read the advice procured by King from former Magistrate Maxwell Edwards. The motion was thrown out despite the fact that previous Councils that Chas -Green sat on had moved six motions of no confidence against former Town Clerk Carol Sooba.Edwards argued that a vote of no confidence amounted to disciplinary action against the Town Clerk, a function which is outside the powers of the Council.Another legal mind explained that his reading of the Municipal and District Councils Act leads him to, “off the top of [his] head”, opine that “he can’t see that the Council has no power to express its opinion on the conduct of the Town Clerk, which is what it seems to be trying to do.”Further, a clear precedent exists with the previous Council having moved six no-confidence motions against former Town Clerk Sooba.Sooba, who was installed as Town Clerk in 2012 by former Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker, consistently clashed with the Hamilton Green-led Council which tabled and passed motion after motion. Each motion was forwarded to the Minister of Local Government, since the Council did not have disciplinary powers but at no time did the Council declare itself unable to complain.last_img read more

Mata expects strong response from angry United

first_imgMourinho angrily spoke of missing “joke chances” and “childish” errors from his players after Saturday’s draw.But Mata, who scored both United goals in an excellent personal display, hopes his side responds positively to the frustration of the evening at the King Power Stadium.“You have to keep going. It’s Christmas time, you play every two or three days obviously,” Mata said.“Now we feel frustrated and angry but we need to keep going and, from tomorrow, rest and think about the next game and have the will of finishing the next game with a much better feeling.“We got a point but it feels like a defeat because we were so close to winning, had chances to kill the game and they were with one less player.”Mata put United 2-1 ahead with a superbly-taken free-kick and revealed afterwards that his goal celebration was a dedication to Indian children with whom his charitable foundation Common Goal works.“It was because when the kids from the Oscar Foundation — one of the foundations we work with — came to Old Trafford to visit me they asked if I could do this kind of ‘namaste’ celebration for them,” explained Mata.“The first goal I didn’t do it because we needed a second goal but for the second goal I thought of them and it was dedicated for those kids in the slums of Mumbai.”– United injury woe –Mourinho may feel less charitable when it comes to selecting his team for the visit of Sean Dyche’s side, although injuries will limit his options at Old Trafford.Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee while Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini have been ruled out of the holiday games.Matteo Darmian missed the Leicester game, while centre-half Chris Smalling was hampered by a late injury.At least United have history on their side in the Boxing Day fixture, having not lost at home to Burnley since September 1962, a sequence of eight wins and five draws.And United’s run of 19 wins from the 23 Boxing Day games they have played in the Premier League era is a record for the division.Burnley will be looking to respond to the 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and will be without in-form defender James Tarkowski, who serves the second game of a three-match ban.But Clarets manager Dyche has every reason to be pleased with the first half of the season as his team visit Old Trafford just three points from the Champions League places.“We’ve got good points on the table,” he said. “Whichever team we put out there, we’ve always been competitive.“That’s the key, even going into these games, which are tough games.“The key is to be competitive. As long as we’re doing that, and we perform, over a longer period, we’ll get results. That’s what we’ve done over the season.“We’ll have to continue to do that. It’s probably the first time we’ve been stretched this season.“Adding a suspension does stretch it, but I’ve great faith in the players.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Juan Mata scored both United goals in their match against Leicester City on December 23, 2017 © AFP/File / Roland HARRISONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata admits his team-mates are furious after dropping two points at Leicester City, but he hopes they can channel that frustration into a strong response against Burnley on Tuesday.Jose Mourinho’s side were stunned by a late goal from 10-man Leicester in a 2-2 draw that saw United fall a staggering 13 points behind leaders Manchester City at the halfway stage of the campaign.last_img read more