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Georgetown Mayor blames embattled City Engineer for flooding woes

Mayor of Georgetown Ubraj Narine said he and his Councillors should not be blamed for the flooding woes in the city as the no-confidence motion against City Engineer Colvern Venture is still pending.

Minister of Agriculture Zulfikar Mustapha, a few days ago, called out the Mayor and City Council for negligence as reports indicated that key drainage structures across Georgetown were without operators, resulting in them being inoperable.

During a press engagement on Tuesday, Major Ubraj Narine made efforts to shift the blame away from him and his Councillors, noting that the City Engineer's negligence resulted in the flooding experienced in the city.

The Councillors passed a full no-confidence motion against embattled City Engineer Colvern Venture on January 11, 2022.

“It is almost seven months now; a motion was passed at the level of the council for termination of services of the city engineer that motion still sits with the Local Government Commission.”

The Mayor further emphasised that he would take no responsibility for the flooding issues which affected residents across the Capital city.

“I want to make it very clear this morning that the City Council, the council, myself as Mayor and Councillors would not take blame for flooding within the city.”

Mayor Narine said he met recently with Prime Minister Mark Phillips and outlined the infractions they are facing with the City Engineer’s department.

“Letters was penned to the city engineer and copied to the Local Government Commission and other agencies on dealing with those sluice and pumps, on what needed to be done so that we can able to move in a smooth way when rain.”


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