More than 18 months after the death of Vice Chairman Douglas Gittens, the Region 10 Regional Democratic Council (RDC), has appointed Alliance for Change (AFC) Councillor Mark Goring, as the new regional vice chairman. The appointment was made at Thursday’s statutory meeting in the presence of regional and municipal councillors, members of parliament and administrative officers of the RDC. The nomination was made by Councillor Michelle Daniels and was seconded by Councillor Hugh Stephens. All other councillors excepted AFC Councillor Coretta Braithwaite voted in favour of the nomination. Braithwaite was the choice of the AFC executive, however the regional body went against that decision, as it was believed Goring best suited the position. The AFC had threatened that there would be consequences if Goring was sworn in against the wishes of the executive.
Following the oath of office, Goring said he was elated and expressed gratitude for their overwhelming support and vote of confidence. “By your vote, you have demonstrated that you have the confidence in my leadership and abilities to execute my duties. I also wish to thank the most honorable Rafael Trotman, my mentor, for introducing me to what it really means to be a politician, that our job as a politician is to be a servant to the people we represent.”
Goring will have direct responsibility for the Sub Region Two district which include Ituni, Kwakwani and the villages in the Upper-Berbice River. He is expected to take residence in Kwakwani in an effort to provide better representation for the outlying communities. “The task at hand is huge, but with wisdom, patience, understanding and hard work, I will execute my duties without fear or favour in serving the people of Region 10. I intend to provide maximum representation to the people of Ituni, Kwakwani and all the villages along the Berbice River within the boundaries of Region 10.”
Goring said he believes regional politics should be local and autonomy should be given to the local organs.
Photo attached of Vice Chairman Mark Goring taking the oath of office with Regional Executive Officer Dwight John