City Mayor vows to stand ground, fight possible IMC
City Mayor, Hamilton Green, yesterday vowed to rebuff Government’s plan to install an Interim Management Committee (IMC) at City Hall.
He described the proposal as “another assault on democracy by the present administration.”
However, Minster of Local Government, Ganga Persuad, at a press conference yesterday dismissed allegations that the Government is bent on establishing an IMC at the moment.
He admitted that a court injunction is in place to block same and said that government is continuing to assess its options.
Green, speaking at a press conference, claimed that the Local Government Ministry had made yet another attempt to put into operation an IMC.
“Speaking for myself, I will not be removed from my office.”
Greene reiterated that the Council had decided at the last statutory meeting that it will not allow Government to implement an IMC to happen. The move by government comes at a time when there are numerous IMC being established by the government throughout the country.
“This is not any little village… this is the capital city and there are serious issues involved here. Any attempt to remove a constitutionally elected council will not be easy sailing.”
He recommended that “the Government acquire a process of proper consultation before they embark on such an endeavor.”
The Mayor insisted that the Government is to be answerable for countless operational flaws around the city.
Scores of city workers and others gathered in the vicinity of City Hall to voice their concerns. “We want Hami… no IMC.”
The gathering also called for the removal of the acting Town Clerk Carol Saboo.
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force were deployed to contain the crowd as it grew in numbers. Greene has been Mayor of Georgetown since 1996 after he served as Prime Minister under the PNC administration.
At the last statutory meeting in addition to a motion being passed against the most recent proposal for IMC, a recommendation was also made to have the Citizens of Georgetown mobilized to oppose any such effort. Mention was also made of numerous failed attempts by the present government to replace the Mayor and City Council with an IMC.