Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine has issued a public apology for statements he made while protesting on behalf of vendors that the President appears to be turning Guyana into a “muslim state”, with his government’s ongoing position not to engage the City Mayor on municipal matters.
The Mayor, who is a Pandit, said that he issues an unreserved apology for his statement that has offended the muslim and other religious communities.
He said at the time he was building up with emotions as witnessed the Government’s efforts to dismantle the livelihood of vendors outside the hospital by taking away their caravans and vending carts.
The Mayor’s statement has been widely condemned, beginning first with a group of supporters of the People’s Progressive Party picketing his office this morning. Within hours, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce issued its own condemnation and that has since been followed by a statement of condemnation from six islamic organisations and the Public Service Minister, Sonia Parag.
The six islamic groups said the Mayor’s remarks were irresponsible and represented a “pathetic political stunt”.
The Mayor has repeatedly expressed concern about the government bypassing the City Council and carrying out various initiatives and actions in the city without any consultation.
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