LGC controversy…claims some Commissioners seeking to cover up wrongdoingsThe Chairman of the Local Government Commission (LGC), Mortimer Mingo, has no authority to remove Commissioners from committee meetings since the Commission is a constitutional body.Commissioner Carol SoobaThis is according to LGC Commissioner Clinton Collymore, who spoke to Guyana Times on Monday in the wake of a fellow Commissioner, Carol Sooba being barred from attending deliberations on City Hall’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) findings.Collymore pointed out that based on legal advice provided, Mingo unlawfully acted outside of his capacity and they intended to address this matter at the next meeting.“We’re going to raise the matter again when we have another meeting, because they intend to pursue this matter. We have gotten legal advice and we were told that the Chairman doesn’t have that authority and the Local Government Commission doesn’t have the authority to expel a member because it is a constitutional body,” said Collymore.He opined that Sooba was experienced in the Mayor and City Council’s operations and the LGC was allegedly attempting a cover-up. He also hinted that this outcome was linked to a political card, played by the Chairman to dissolve some of the recommendations in the report.Commissioner Clinton Collymore“There are other reasons for this. One of the reasons is that she was at the municipality for a very long time and she has some institutional knowledge as to what is going on and they don’t want that exposed.”Sooba confirmed that she was asked to recuse herself from a particular meeting where those discussions would be convened. She was told afterwards that she could not sit on the meeting to discuss other matters upon the insistence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman Andrew Garnet.In this regard, Collymore stated, “The Commission agreed to recuse her from her matter, but in the interim, it seems as though the Chairman got other advice. He is saying that she has to recuse herself from the entire Commission.”LGC Chairman Mortimer MingoWhen contacted for an invited comment on Saturday, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall also condemned these actions, positing that the CoI would have compiled the findings and the LGC was only responsible for implementing the report. While rejecting the decision to prevent Sooba from sitting at the meetings, the Attorney posited that her presence was essential to her appointment as a Commissioner.“I reject such a notion, because the Local Government Commission is simply engaged in considering the report and possibly, to recommend or implement these recommendations. The Commission is not making any findings. Those findings have already been made by the CoI. I cannot imagine how Sooba’s presence can influence or prejudice,” said Nandlall.“On what basis are you excluding her? The report is already completed. What is going on now is examining the report to determine its implementation. As a duly appointed member of the Commission, if the Commission was assigned that responsibility, then she must play a part,” he was quoted as saying.Disciplinary measures were recommended for senior staffers of the Mayor and City Council with the Town Clerk, Royston King as the chief for gross misconduct. Some of the officers are expected to appear before the Commission next Wednesday.Efforts by this publication to contact the Chairman proved futile, since he was not in office and his phone was unreachable.
GIGS & REELS: The club wish to thank all who came and supported us in our Gigs & Reels in the Ballyliffin Hotel on Sunday night. Well done to all our dancers for taking part and the effort they put in the last few months. Thanks to Valerie Harkin for the effort she put in also. Thanks also to all sponsors of each dance team, MC Mickey Grant, Siobhan Kelly for organising this event, Judges Pat Mc Laughlin, Mary Doherty & Shaun Mc Daid, Ballyliffin Hotel for Sunday night and the weeks prior and to all who helped in any way on the night. Congratulations to our winning dancers of Brian & Tanya (Judges Choice) and Jason & Nicole (most votes). Well Done to all a most enjoyable night.MATCH “N” WIN: October 22nd: No jackpot winner: numbers drawn: 4, 6, 16 & 20. €15 winners:Michael Doherty, Maryvale.Martin Kearney, Leenan Keil.Rose Doherty (Gill), Annaugh.Callum Mc Eleney (Kearney), Annaugh.Mc Caul Family, Rooskey.Jackpot next week €2,060. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support CLG Iorras in this weekly draw. SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Seniors are down to play N Brid in Ballintra on Saturday evening. Please check our Facebook page for time etc. .CLUB PITCH: Our pitch in Straid is now closed due to much needed work being carried out. Thanks to all remaining teams and coaches for your co-operation.U16 GIRLS: Are in the final of their group section against Naomh Mhuire, date and venue to be confirmed.SCOR NA NOG: Scor Na Nog takes place in Muff on Friday 6th November. The club have Ceili dancers, solo singer and traditional group lined up so far. We would like to get a quiz team together as well, So if there would be U17’s in the club interested in forming a quiz team or anyone who can help to get a team organised please contact our Cultural Officer, Shaun Mc Daid on 0861948491. MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS: The annual mass for deceased members is on Friday November 13th at 7pm in the clubhouse.BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.URRIS GAA CLUB HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFUL GIGS AND REELS EVENT was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASport