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.
FINN Valley Boxing Club middleweight Jason Quigley is celebrating after landing gold at a top European tournament – and being named Best Boxer of the entire event.In all Ireland won five gold medals from five finals to finish on top of the medals table at the 15-nation Gee Bee Multi-Nations tournament in Helsinki on Sunday.Michael Conlon, David Oliver Joyce, Jason Quigley, Ken Egan and Tommy McCarthy all had their hands raised in triumph. Finn Valley BC Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley and St John Bosco BC Belfast flyweight Conlon – who both recorded victories over England – added the icing on the cake by scooping the Best Boxer and Best Technical Boxer of the tournament awards.Egan, meanwhile, won his third Gee Bee gold medal on the trot with a 3-2 decision over Eemeli Katajisto of Finland in the light-heavyweight class.Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy produced a quality performance to beat French 2008 Olympian John M’Bumba, a two-time AIBA World bronze medalist,12-9.St Michael’s Athy lightweight David Oliver Joyce registered Ireland’s second victory of the session with a 9-4 verdict over Luke Jackson of Australia. Conlon got the gold rush underway with a convincing 11-5 decision over England’s Tony Stubbs and Quigley was superb in his 13-5 win over Stubb’s compatriot Anthony Ogogo.Jimmy Halpin and Connor Quigley were working Ireland’s corner in Helsinki.FINN VALLEY FIGHTER JASON IS NAMED BEST BOXER AT MAJOR TOURNAMENT was last modified: April 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)