Friday, February 23, 2018

Kazim Hosein is new San Fernando mayor


‘HUMBLED’: New San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein, centre, inspects a guard of honour outside City Hall, San Fernando, yesterday after he was sworn in. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

Mark Fraser

BUSINESSMAN Kazim Hosein is the new mayor of San Fernando.

He was appointed yesterday at the swearing-in ceremony for the mayor, deputy mayor and aldermen held at the auditorium of City Hall, San Fernando.

The deputy mayor is Junia Regrello, former Member of Parliament for San Fernando West and a parliamentary secretary under the People’s National Movement (PNM) administration.

 The four aldermen sworn in were Hosein, Regrello, Kevin Ratiram and Vidia Mungal-Bissessar. Ratiram is the only Congress of the People (COP) member along with Bishop Jankee Raghunanan in the PNM- led San Fernando City Corporation.

Hosein, in his inaugural address as mayor, said he was humbled and honoured  to be selected to serve the residents of San Fernando and he was eager to begin his task.

Hosein’s father, the late Rakeeb Hosein was also a mayor of San Fernando, serving in the city’s last council as a borough. Hosein thanked many for supporting him, especially his political leader Dr Keith Rowley, who attended the ceremony.

He also asked for assistance from former mayor Dr Navi Muradali.

Mayor Hosein said there would be many challenges ahead but he promised to work for the development of the city  “with every ounce of energy.”

Hosein said: “As your new mayor of San Fernando, I have  made some clear decisions. These include, embracing our diversity and not focusing on our differences. We should choose to build a community where we are all committed to building a brighter future. 

“It is important for all of us to understand that our dream will not come easily, our community has enormous debt, we have huge infrastructural needs, our children and seniors will both like increased services. Sound financial planning is needed.”

Some of his first plans would be to relocate the Mayor’s office from the upper level at City Hall to the ground floor to make it more accessible to the elderly and differently-abled.

And he was looking forward to having consultations with the business community and other groups within the city.