Georgetown Residents protest Royston King’s removal
Hours before the mayoral elections at City Hall, residents of Georgetown and other member of civil society protested the removal of Town Clerk Royston King who they claim has failed to live up to the principles of transparency and accountability.
These civil society members say this demonstration here is more than just a protest; it is a movement to ensure that public officers are held accountable for their actions.
Town Clerk Royston King has found himself in hot water on countless occasions and has been accused of spearheading shady deals like the Parking Meter Project.
A no-confidence motion was brought against him by councillor Sherod Duncan but it was thrown out by Mayor Patricia Chase-Green who is also accused of being in cahoots with King.
Among those protesting were individuals who had various grievances with the City Council including the family of the late Marlon Fredericks who was shot and killed by a City Constable.
The protestors were hoping that a new mayor will be elected and that that person heeds their call and take action against the Town Clerk.
Since late last year, two individuals have been religiously protesting outside City Hall, calling for King to be removed over his continued failure to transparently execute the functions of his office as the city’s administrator.
King is accused of unilaterally making decisions without the full council’s approval. Some of the issues include the parking meter contract, the removal of vendors from Stabroek Market and Robb Street, and the implementation of a container fee.
The issues also include the failure of the Town Clerk to account for funds it received from Central Government and the wanton abuse of the emergency clause in order to bypass the tendering process.