Secretary Manager of the Guyana Public Service Co-operative Credit Union Limited (GPSCUL), Trevor Benn has secured an injunction that halts the work of the Interim Management Committee (IMC), which took control of the Union last month.
The injunction granted by High Court Judge, Justice Gino Persaud, restrains and prohibits the Chief Co-operative Development Officer/Commissioner, Perlina Gifth from assuming control of the Union until July 3, 2018 at which time the substantive case is expected to be heard.
Gifth assumed control of the Union last month and appointed the IMC in response to concerns about the way in which the Union was being run.
Backed by the court order, Benn and other managers who were booted when Gifth assumed control of the Union have sought to return to the Union’s office on Brickdam Street.
In a signed statement released to the media on the Union’s letterhead, the managers accused Chairman of the IMC Trevor Benn, who is also Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys, of bias.
Signing the statement were the Secretary Manager, Chairperson of the Union’s Management Committee, Ms. Patricia Went; its Vice Chairperson, Ms. Vera Naughton and Member Kenneth Watson.
The IMC Chairman had told reporters on Friday that while auditors were just beginning their work, there were already questions regarding $32M worth in overseas travel, with no paperwork to show.
He stated that evidence in terms of the electronic database is there, but the vouchers to prove the reason for this expenditure and who benefitted from the travel is not available.
According to the former Managers, the Chairman’s statements are in effect a clear indication of the absence of focus and objectivity of the IMC.
The IMC Chairman had accused the former managers of retraining to the Union last Friday to change locks on doors and to prevent the work of the IMC.
“The evidence is very startling so far, and I believe this is motivating some of the members. They cannot afford to allow this sort of information to get in the public domain so they are rushing back to the building to get documents that they could dispose of. Fortunately for us, we have all the documents that we need and the information will be revealed at an appropriate time,” the Chairman stated.
According to the IMC Chairman, they have able to ‘stop the bleeding’ from the Union, noting that ‘poor members’ depend on payments.
He indicated that the injunction did not restore the former managers.
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