Jul 04, 2008 News Comments Off on Town Clerk, City Treasurer should be given a chance to respond – AFC
Following recent revelations of major fraud taking place at City Hall, and the recommendation for the Town Clerk and the City Treasurer to be sent on leave, Leader of the Alliance For Change, Raphael Trotman, said that those who have been incriminated must be given an opportunity to respond accordingly. Justice must at all times not only be done, but must be seen to be done.
At a press conference yesterday, Trotman said that the party is in no position to sit in judgment of anyone, except that it expects the system to be allowed to work.
“All citizens must have a sense that, in times of trouble or crisis, the system will effectively address the problem, regardless of who is involved,” Trotman said.
The AFC Leader emphasized that the problems at the City Council are suggestive of a wider problem of collapse and dissatisfaction which pervades the local government system in Guyana.
Trotman said that the system is broken throughout the country and needs urgent renewing.
“It is in tatters and can only be fixed if and when the decision makers become serious about infusing a deep sense of democracy into the little villages and towns which are the heart of this nation,” he said.
The Alliance For Change is now advocating for a bottoms-up approach to governance, in which ordinary citizens can organize themselves and decide and control their own affairs, including raising their own taxes and taking care of their own security needs.
The party noted that power must be transferred from the Executive and the Government and into the hands of the people.
“When the power is released, the people will be happier, content, less corrupt and more inclined to remain to develop this system, as against the heavy-handed top down approach of democratic centralism presently practiced, where every decision has to flow from the office of the President and people are suffocated and stifled”, Trotman said.
Recently, an Auditor-General report revealed major financial irregularities at City Hall. A recommendation was made for Town Clerk Beulah Williams and City Treasurer Roderick Edinboro to demit office.
This prompted the City Council to hold an extraordinary meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, and pass a motion for the two individuals to be sent on leave; and that measures be engaged to identify replacements for them.
A delegation subsequently met with the Local Government Minister to address the decision taken at the meeting.
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