The war of the clerks
By Ralph Ramkarran
Events at City Hall once again intruded into national consciousness and demanded the nation’s attention amidst the major concerns over budget cuts, the AML/CFT Bill, the LEAD Programme, the Rodney Inquiry and local government elections.
It is not yet known if the indomitable Mayor Green has finally met his match but his resourcefulness is being tested. The Mayor and Councillors were denied access to the hallowed Council Chamber by Ms. Carol Sooba, the acting Town Clerk, to hold a meeting of the Council. Ms. Sooba, in a legal conclusion, ruled that the meeting was ‘tainted with illegalities.’ The Mayor then convened the meeting in the compound of the tottering City Hall Building, from the roof of which pieces of the building are known to fall from time to time. The Council elected its own Town Clerk, Mr. Royston King. The fallout from the War of the Clerks that is about to erupt.
The photograph of the Council meeting in the newspapers indicated that it was held a sufficient distance away from the building so as to ensure that no harm would befall any of the Councillors. The Mayor would have figured that it is important for the City that the heads of the Councillors are protected at all times from falling pieces of building so that their …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.