A meeting organised by the Region Five Chairman, Vickchand Ramphal, with disgruntled security workers attached Integrated Security Services and opposition Region Five Representative/ Member of Parliament, Harry Gill at the Region’s boardroom was crashed by APNU/AFC supporters and the Regional Executive Officer, Ovid Morrison.
The drama unfolded as the meeting was about to commence. Morrison walked into the boardroom and interrupted Ramphal who was at the time addressing the security workers. They were meeting to discuss the issue of the workers not being paid by the security firm.
The REO, as he walked in, said, “Gentlemen sorry, this boardroom is needed for my tender board sitting, you will have to vacate it.”
The Regional Chairman at that moment still continued talking. It was at that point that the APNU/ AFC supporters led by Carol Joseph barged into the boardroom shouting and ordering Ramphal and everyone else to remove from the room.
Ramphal, Gill and the workers remained seated when the REO called for the security to forcefully remove the Regional Chairman from the Regional Democratic Council office. The Chairman left to continue the meeting at his office in the compound.
It was while they were exiting that a heated exchange broke out between Morrison and Gill. The MP reportedly told the REO that he was a dictator
and a ‘dunce’, Morrison replied, “You are a dunce; get out of here!’”
The commotion continued downstairs in the yard of the boardroom’s compound with Carol Joseph leading the way.
The security workers, Regional Chairman and the MP all proceeded to the RDC where the meeting continued.
While there, Ramphal expressed his disgust at the behaviour of the REO and the supporters. He stressed that the boardroom is the property of the region and “whatever asset this region has, belongs to all of you, the people of this region”.
He added, “What took place this afternoon clearly shows the disregard and disrespect that leaders in this region have for our people. I am very disturbed about what took place this afternoon because I made arrangements to have the boardroom available to all of you to vent your concerns and dissatisfaction of how you have been treated by Integrated Security Services”.
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