– body protects constitutional rights of citizens – PresidentBy Shemuel FanfairPresident David Granger said the appointment of the Local Government Commission will see protection of the constitutional rights of citizensAfter years of delay, the appointees to the Local Government Commission (LGC) were on Monday sworn in at State House by President David Granger, who reiterated that the move reflects his Administration’s commitment to good governance. However, the operationalisation of the body comes 19 months after the historic return of Local Government Elections in Guyana, and it ends a lengthy back and forth between Government and the Opposition over the non-functionality of the constitutional organ.The Commission’s members are Mortimer Mingo, Clement Corlette, Marlon Williams, Jo Ann Romascindo, Andrew Garnett, former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore, and former Georgetown Town Clerk, Carol Sooba. In his short address, President David Granger offered congratulatory remarks to the Commissioners, urging them to execute their functions with integrity. He nevertheless noted that the appointment of the LGC will resolve disputes that may arise at the local government level, and added that this Commission falls in line with Government’s commitment to establish other constitutional bodies, including the Office of the Ombudsman, the Judicial Services Commission and the recently appointed Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Former Town Clerk of Georgetown, Carol Sooba was sworn in as one of the LGC CommissionersThe Head of State pointed out that the rights of all citizens will be respected.“I pledge to ensure that the institutions mandated by our Constitution will continue to be honoured,” the President expressed.He encouraged Commissioners to uphold their mandate which would promote confidence in the local government system.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan told reporters that the LGC will commence its work after members select a Chairman. The Commission would, among other things, have control over who gets appointed as officials in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NSCs) and other local authorities.In addition, it would have to approve budgets for the NDCs. By law, the commission is to be made up of eight members. These members include four nominated from the Government, one from the unions and three nominees from the Leader of the Opposition.The parliamentary Opposition had named its nominees to the Local Government Commission since last year. However, it was reported that the Government did not submit its nominations which resulted in deadlock. One of the first public deadlines that Communities Minister Bulkan gave for the body to become functional was at a press conference during the time of the March 2016 Local Government Elections. When asked, during the latter part of the month for an explanation, the Minister had moved the deadline to the end of June 2016.In the Budget estimates for 2016, some $30 million was allocated by the Government to the non-functioning Commission. When asked, Bulkan had stated that this was to allow the Commission to operate independently to Central Government.
0Shares0000Nakumatt FC midfielder Kevin Thairu (right) is joined by teammate Faina Jacobs in celebrating his goal against Tusker FC during their Kenyan Premier League clash in Machakos on May 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, May 20- Goals in either half from Kevin Thairu and substitute Cornelius Juma saw a resurgent Nakumatt FC beat Tusker FC 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Machakos to record their third win of the season and move off the bottom of the Kenyan Premier League standings.Brian Osumba had equalized for the brewers but Juma stepped off the bench to score the winner on the hour mark as Robert Matano picked his second consecutive loss as Tusker head coach. The brewers suffered a 2-1 home loss to Kariobangi Sharks last weekend and were looking to get back to winning ways and move into the top half of the table, but a spirited Nakumatt side was relentless fighting to the last drop of sweat.It was a fast paced start to the game, each of the two sides eager to break the deadlock earliest possible. It was Tusker who had the first real opportunity of the game with Timothy Otieno’s shot from the near post being blocked by Lucas Indeche.Minutes later, Ssempala had a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock when the ball was cut back to him from the right, but his final effort at curling the ball into the top right corner was futile as the ball went over.Those two missed chances came to haunt them on the quarter hour mark when Nakumatt opened the scoring through Kevin Thairu.The midfielder blasted the ball into David Okello’s right hand side after being set up by Moses Odhiambo following a sweeping counter attacking move from Nakumatt.The goal injected some confidence into the Nakumatt side and they began to play with more fluidity and were more threatening.Nakumatt FC midfielder Kevin Thairu goes past Tusker FC’s Apollo Otieno during their Kenyan Premier League clash in Machakos on May 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTusker had a chance to crawl back into the game in the 26th minute when Osumba chested down the ball for Timothy Otieno from a Boniface Muchiri cross, but under pressure, the forward blasted the ball over.In the 26th minute, Nakumatt had a glorious opportunity to go two up from a Tusker mistake, but they failed. Marlon Tangauzi controlled the ball inside the box unaware of Boniface Mukhekhe behind him with the Nakumatt stealing the ball in a dangerous area.However, he failed to punish the mistake shooting wide with only Okello to beat.They were made to pay for that missed chance two minutes later when Osumba restored parity with a low shot inside the box after being picked out by a Muchiri pass across the park.Nakumatt FC skipper John Njoroge vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Mathew Tayo Odongo during their Kenyan Premier League clash in Machakos on May 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Tusker boss Robert Matano began with changes, pulling out Mathew Tayo Odongo for Edwin Lavatsa, a change that meant he played with two strikers upfront, Lavatsa joining Otieno up the field.Tusker should have gone ahead just two minutes after the restart from a counter attack.Apollo Otieno was released by Muchiri at the edge of the box but the young midfielder took a pale shot that was an easy collection for Indeche.That missed opportunity proved costly as on the hour mark, Nakumatt went ahead with a text-book counter attacking move.Timonah Wanyonyi released Mukhekhe away on the right, the winger making a one time cross into the area that was slammed home by Cornelius Juma.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)