PPP willing to negotiate outside the courts − Rohee

first_imgTied municipality, NDCsThe People’s Progressive Party/C (PPP/C) said Monday it was willing to meet with the A Partnership forPPP General Secretary Clement RoheeNational Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government half-way and hold negotiations outside the courts, to have the deadlock on a Mayor for the Municipality of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) and chairpersons for the five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) matters ongoing on the tied Local Authority Area (LAA), settled.General Secretary of the PPP Clement Rohee said the opposition has decided on this course after the interest of the people was taken into consideration.Speaking to journalists, Rohee said his party recognize the plights of residents in these tied LAAs, and the absence of functional councils since the March 18, 2016 elections are causing.Another factor is the failure of the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) to timely manage its constitutional responsibilities of ensuring by-elections that statutorily are due in areas that have tied LAAs, Rohee said.“Equally important was the decision by the Granger Government, to impose and execute their solution, instead of negotiating,” he said, adding that this position is being maintained despite the ministerial appointment is in contravention of the laws of Guyana.Rohee said the government has already rejected the PPP/C’s proposal for a rotation of the Mayorship in the case of the Mabaruma Municipality or the Chairmanship of the five NDCs and instead, imposed its own office bearers.He said despite this, the PPP/C is again open to negotiations to iron out an amicable solution including a sharing of the position of principal office bearers in the tied LAA’s.“The party, in the interest of those persons is signaling its willingness to re-engage in negotiation with Government to have a resolution”.According to Rohee, his party’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had met with Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally on the issue.Further contact was made with Ally recently to set up a date for the re-engagement, however, Ally has indicated that she will not be available until after June 11.He said rather than wait on the court, the party thought it could resolve this issue because it is the people who are affected.The PPP/C had moved to the courts to stop Communities Minister Bulkan from illegally appointing a Mayor for the Town of Mabaruma as well as the Chairpersons in five Local Authority Areas in which the PPP/C and the APNU/AFC had the same number of seats after LGE.Bulkan had appointed Kervin Crawford as Chairman of the Gibraltar-Fyrish NDC; Audrey Thomas as Chairman of the Industry-Plaisance NDC; Peter Livingstone as Chairman of the Malgre Tout-Meer Zorgen NDC; Carol Nurse as Chairman of the Woodlands-Bel Air NDC; Gershon Clarke as Chairman of the Woodlands-Farm NDC and Rupert Henry Smith as Mayor of Mabaruma.However, the Court quashed these appointments and ruled in favour of the PPP/C on the grounds that they were contrary to and in violation of Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02.Justice Diana Insanally said the decision “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultravires, null, void and of no legal effect”.And although the High Court had ordered that a date be set to host by-elections in the tied local authority areas, this is yet to be done.PPP Chief Whip Teixeira had expressed concerns that the Guyana Elections Commission and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government continued to disregard the rule of law.Furthermore, she chided GECOM for abdicating its constitutional responsibilities of ensuring each local authority area has its leadership installed.“GECOM must be reminded that the elections process of the March 18 Local Government Elections is at this point incomplete until the by-elections of the tied local authority areas are concluded,” she stated, noting that GECOM has a constitutional right to ensure these elections are held.Earlier this month, GECOM said regarding the election of a Mayor for Mabaruma, Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, states that, “the Town Clerk shall appoint a date not later than December 28 in the same year for the election of the Mayor from the tied Candidates by the voters whose names appear on the register of voters, for the time being in force, for the city.”As it relates to the five NDCs, GECOM said Section 28(6) of the Local Government Act, Chapter 28:02 provides that, if there is no election of Chairman on account of an equality of votes cast by the councillors present, “the overseer shall immediately fix a day within the last 10 days of the year for the election” by the registered voters, for the election of a Chairman from the councillors receiving the equal votes.”In both instances, GECOM said it was still awaiting the notification for the date of the elections.last_img read more

Joyce’s ‘Killer’ Identified, But Remains At-large

first_imgFrancois Brown, alleged killer of Joyce Otu-Jaywheh, on the run The Liberia National Police (LNP) has called on the public to provide information on the whereabouts of Francois Browne, who is wanted for the gruesome murder almost two weeks ago of Mrs. Joyce Otu Jaywheh in an ELWA neighborhood in Paynesville.Information gathered by this newspaper from the LNP said while Browne remains on the run, they believe he is still in Liberia. As such, residents in all quarters of the country should help bring the suspect to police for investigation.The late Joyce Otu-Jawheh celebrated her 53rd natal day on Friday, March 23, 2018 (photo courtesy: Bethel World Outreach Church, Robbinsdale, Minnesota).According to information, police received a tip-off reportedly from the mother of suspect Browne, Tellewo Jallah, from her Kakata residence. The mother allegedly told police that two days after the crime was committed, her son (Browne) sent her a phone call in which he said, “Mama, I killed one woman in Monrovia (ELWA) Community, but am running away to avoid police arrest, because I am still in Monrovia.”  This information is yet to be verified.Madam Jaywheh was gruesomely murdered in the early evening of Saturday, March 23, in her three-bedroom fenced house in the Zoewloh neighborhood of ELWA in Paynesville. She had celebrated her 53rd birthday anniversary the previous day.While neighbors could not give any account of circumstances leading to the death of Madam Jaywheh, some of the community residents attributed her death to the number of ghettos in the neighborhood, from which residents have been reportedly terrorized by marauding armed robbers and suspected criminals, with the thieves sometimes making away with valuable items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Idol’ left with two as Doolittle voted off

first_imgIn one of the biggest surprises of the current “American Idol” season, onetime favorite Melinda Doolittle was voted off the show Wednesday, leaving just two contestants to battle it out for the 2006 crown next week. Doolittle was considered the best singer of the bunch, but began to draw criticism in recent weeks. The remaining hopefuls are Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. “Congratulations to you two,” said judge Simon Cowell, who covered his face when the announcement was made. “My commiserations, Melinda, `cause you are one heck of a singer.” Doolittle, 29, has worked as a professional backup singer before her “Idol” run. Seemingly resigned to her fate, she belted “I’m A Woman” before leaving the stage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s anybody’s guess who will win at the two-hour finale May 23. Sparks, 17, has gained considerable traction recently and rose from the bottom ranks to gain momentum. But Lewis, 25, also has been winning fans lately by taking risks with song choices and arrangements.last_img


first_imgFITNESS guru Michael Black likes to build up an appetite for his Christmas turkey.So he has organised a “light jog” 5k for Christmas morning – leaving the old Dunnes in Letterkenny at 9.30am.So if you NEED to get out of the house tomorrow morning and fancy a jog, you can join him there. Michael, who helps run Optimal Fitness in the town, has included fitness elements to all of his Christmas….including his shopping.This is what he wrote on Christmas Eve in his Facebook page…….Xmas shopping done today on my bike. Benefit 1. No traffic jams. Benefit 2. Get fit as you shop. Benefit 3. As you shop you carry more which makes you work harder =harder workout =fitter you. Benefit 4. Rucksack gets heavier as you buy so you spend less =result. So next year get your bike out,strap on your rucksack and have a hassle free xmas shop. FITNESS FANATIC MICHAEL PLANNING CHRISTMAS MORNING 5K was last modified: December 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kChristmas Day runletterkennyoptimal fitnesslast_img read more