Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine is threatening to fire City Engineer Colvern Venture by the end of the year for ’embarrassing’ the City Council.
Narine and Venture have long faced many challenges in discharging duties at Council level. The Mayor has also accused Venture of corruption and poor management of the City Engineering Department.
Narine said at a press conference on Friday at City Hall in Georgetown, “Engineer Mr Colvern Venture has embarrassed us not only now, but since 2019 when I took office. The engineer continues to embarrass this Council and I will not take it this year. I will find some way to send Mr. Colvern Venture home before the year is out. ”
According to Narine, Venture is still in the job because he has “people who can protect him.”
However, the Mayor said he is not afraid to go out into the streets with placards and protest any Council employee for their wrongdoing.
“I will not stick any nonsense with any officials or any government minister about the nonsense that they are currently going through,” Narine said.
He said he was ready to fight for democracy and represent the people of Georgetown. The Mayor’s comments come after criticisms of works made by the Council by Ministers Juan Edghill and Nigel Dharamlall.
Mayor Narine said the Council had written the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development for the sharing of projects and documents related to development work in the city. However, no response was received from the Ministry.
“We are still waiting for those documents, no documents have been submitted.”
But the Mayor explained that they had learned from an engineer attached to the Ministry that the documents cannot be shared with the Council.
“We must know as the City Council, we must know that we have to report to our constituencies and people out there,” said the Mayor.
He further accused the Ministry of acting in a very ‘shady manner’ and urged the government to ‘stop playing politics’ and work together for the development of the city.