Category Archives: Local Government

Guyana: History: The origin of the names of the wards of Georgetown – By Arlene Munro

Stabroek News – May 10, 2001- By Arlene Munro

The city of Georgetown began as a small town in the 18th century. Originally, the capital of the Demerara-Essequibo colony was located on Borselen Island in the Demerara River under the administration of the Dutch. However, when the colony was captured by the British in 1781, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Kingston chose the mouth of the Demerara River for the establishment of a town which was situated between Plns. Werk-en-rust and Vlissengen.               Continue reading

Guyana: Stray Animals and the working ones –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

  •  Stray Animals and the working ones
  •  –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Going through my Archives of old newspapers I recently discovered an interesting news Item in the Sunday Chronicle of February 23, 1986, with the headline, “Council launches campaign against stray animals”. Accompanying the article is a photograph of the then First Citizen of the country’s capital city, Georgetown, Mayor Robroy Whyte.

That perennial problem of stray animals roaming the streets of Georgetown, has been with Guyanese for a very long time, and it seems to be  a problem which is just not going away anytime soon. However, the Stray Catchers Division of the Ministry of Public Security has been on the job with many challenges.           Continue reading

Guyana: Georgetown Mayor cites need for greater accountability at City Hall

 — steps taken to establish audit committee

Mayor Ubraj Narine

During a recent statutory meeting, Narine demanded an answer from City Treasurer, John Douglas, why the current receipts are not carrying City Hall’s TIN. The Mayor pointed out to the fact that the laws governing the municipality require for TIN to be affixed to the receipts.   Continue reading

Guyana: Remote hinterland communities to have internet by mid-year

Kaieteur News – 12 February 2019

Twenty hinterland communities are being targeted to receive internet by mid-year, as part of an ambitious project by the administration to bring more government services to remote areas.

The solar-powered hubs, complete with VSAT dish (a very small aperture terminal) linkup for internet connectivity, will be managed and monitored by the individual communities.

It is a project that is long in the making that will see a total of 200 such hubs being built over five years in hinterland communities, says Minister of Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes.   Continue reading

Georgetown Guyana: King fired from Town Clerk post

Guyana Chronicle – 25 January 2019

Royston King

After refusing to respond to charges made against him by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into City Hall, Town Clerk Royston King had his services terminated on January 23, 2019.

Acting Town Clerk, Sharon Harry-Munroe will continue to occupy the post until it is advertised and filled.

Chairman of the Local Government Commission (LGC), Mortimer Mingo confirmed that King’s services at City Hall were terminated on Wednesday.He said in keeping with a letter which was dispatched to him to respond to charges made against him, the body gave King an opportunity to respond to the charges.       Continue reading

​​Georgetown Guyana: Under a Microscope in 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

​​Georgetown: Under a Microscope in 2019 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

City Hall – Georgetown-Guyana

Following the hotly contested November 12, Local Government Elections last year, the (approximate) 202,000 citizens of Georgetown got a new Chief Citizen in the person of Pandit Ubraj Narine who received the Mayoral Chain from out-going Mayor Patricia Chase-Green. There was much work Mayor Chase-Green had on her hands, and there is equally much work for Mayor Narine, as Georgetown slowly inches its way to regaining its lost glory, and become “A Shining City on a Mud-Flat”. But it is an up-hill task in a city which falls below sea level whenever the tide rises.

There are so many things which the current citizens should be grateful for;  the Georgetown we inherited is one of the best laid-out cities on the planet, for starters. In past times, Georgetown used to be known as, “The Garden City of the Caribbean”. The city lost that impressive title about thirty years ago when standards began to tumble.   Continue reading

Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter – November 2018

Here is our November 2018 issue of Buxton-Friendship Express Newsletter. You may download it by clicking on the following link to access it:

Warm regards,

Lorna Campbell

Contributing Editor,

Buxton-Friendship Express

Georgetown. Guyana: Criminal proceedings against Town Clerk, other city officials – CoI Report

Terminate, begin immediate criminal proceedings against Town Clerk, other city officials – CoI Report …recommends SARA trace and recover assets

Royston KIng

A probe has found grounds to terminate embattled Town Clerk, Royston King, and institute criminal proceedings against him.

The explosive findings are contained in the final report from the Commission of Inquiry into the operations of City Hall. The report was handed over yesterday by Chairman of the CoI, Justice Cecil Kennard (ret’d) to Chairman of the Local Government Commission (LGC), Mortimer Mingo.       Continue reading

Ubraj Narine elected Mayor of Georgetown

Georgetown mayor-elect Ubraj Narine
Georgetown mayor-elect Ubraj Narine

APNU Councillor Ubraj Narine is the new Mayor of Georgetown. Narine, who won Constituency One (Kingston East and West, Thomas Lands, Nonpareil Park, Cummingsburg, Alberttown and Queenstown) at the November 12th local polls, was elected when the new councillors of the municipality met on 30th November 2018.


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Guyana Politics: The Familiar Ring of the Elections Season – By Ralph Ramkarran

The Familiar Ring of the Elections Season 

By Ralph Ramkarran – 6th October 2018

Local government elections are to be held on November 12. With it, the never-ending stream of suspicions emerged as the Government established new local government units and merged others. The Opposition argued that these were done to give an advantage to the Government and the Opposition, through one of its representatives, promptly launched legal proceedings. This event provided the explanation for the ‘disappearance’ of the Chief Elections Officer, Mr. Keith Lowenfield, on one of the most critical days of the elections process, namely, the day after the submission of lists, when corrections have to be made and defects rectified.       Continue reading

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