Thursday, February 22, 2018

COP councillors support Coudray

The Congress of the People (COP) councillors within the San Fernando City Corporation have voiced their unwavering support for San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray.

Their support follows Wednesday's special Cabinet meeting during which the Prime Minister said all ministers had affirmed their commitment to collective Cabinet responsibility.

COP leader Prakash Ramadhar had before the meeting insisted the Marlene Coudray mayorship issue was not over and that the party wanted a COP mayor.

He had also spoken of an independent position regarding the Privy Council and wanted a referendum.

Speaking with the Express yesterday, COP councillor for Marabella West, Gloria Calliste, said: "I have never wanted Ms Coudray to be removed I have always wanted her to remain. She was put there as the mayor. Her term in office is not yet up, so I don't see why anyone should want to remove her. I believe she is doing a very good job."

She said she has no problems with Coudray and is happy with the stand taken by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on the issue.

COP councillor for Marabella South/Vistabella, Errol Sinanan, said the Prime Minister's meeting on Wednesday is one of the better judgment calls.

"I am in full support of the mayor and I am in full support of my political leader, Mr Ramadhar. She is my leader of council and I have grown up in politics knowing that I should always respect my leader's position. Ms Coudray and I have an excellent working relationship and I cannot ever imagine the day I would want to see her out of there," he said.

He said the problems of the council were not really the partnership but just some members of council.

"The sad thing about it is that the mayor is now a deputy leader of the UNC and there are three UNC councillors trying to get her out, which I think is wrong.

"The UNC leadership should call their councillors together and let their position be made clear and let their members subscribe to the party's position," he said.

United National Congress (UNC) councillor for Springvale/ Paradise, John Mark Chankersingh, said he was hoping now the issue has been settled that the council, which has been at a standstill for a while, would now be able to get on with the business of the people.

"We meet again on Thursday and I am hoping for the best," he said.

Reached yesterday by phone, Coudray declined comment and said she was in a meeting.