Nu­mer­ous court in­junc­tions cause for the de­lay

—Says Min­is­ter of Sports Dr. Ge­orge Nor­ton

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT - By Ro­mario Sa­ma­roo

Min­is­ter of So­cial Co­he­sion with re­spon­si­bil­ity for sports, Dr. Ge­orge Nor­ton be­lieves the amount of in­junc­tions in­volv­ing the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and the other area boards and sub as­so­ci­a­tions is the rea­son there is a de­lay in iron­ing out the is­sues re­lat­ing to cricket ad­min­is­tra­tion in Guyana. Min­is­ter Nor­ton spoke ex­clu­sively to Stabroek Sport at the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion (NSC) Awards Cer­e­mony on Tues­day where he ex­plained the in­tri­ca­cies of cricket ad­min­is­tra­tion on the lo­cal scene.

When asked what was the rea­son for the de­lay in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of crick­et­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion Dr. Nor­ton said: The de­lay is be­cause of the amount of in­junc­tions, ev­ery­body go­ing to the court, I re­mem­ber a day like to­day, a past pres­i­dent of the GCB, said the boards liv­ing in the court and here I am years after hear­ing that when I was in no po­si­tion to do any­thing and it’s the same. There has been so much in­junc­tions and that is re­ally un­for­tu­nate.”

Nor­ton said he was pon­der­ing whether the GCB is a le­gal en­tity or not.

“My agree­ment is that the present cricket board that ex­ists, has it out­lived its time it was ap­pointed for, then it stands to rea­son that it is not le­gal,” he de­clared.

Re­cently the GCB held an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Meet­ing where a new Om­buds­man, At­tor­ney-at-Law, Steven Lewis, was elected.

But ac­cord­ing to Dr. Nor­ton, he is the one who should ap­point the Om­buds­man.

“I think the Min­is­ter should go ahead and ap­point be­cause of the law which says mean­ing­ful con­sul­ta­tions and I have been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with stake­hold­ers,” he said.

He added that the law dic­tated an ap­point­ment but was silent on the func­tion­ing of the ap­pointee, thus lead­ing to him seek­ing le­gal ad­vice.

“The law states that the per­son is ap­pointed, it did not say if the per­son did not do this what hap­pens next, the law was silent on that. For that rea­son I have gone to the AG seek­ing le­gal ad­vice and that is where I stand,” he said.

“The Om­buds­man was ap­pointed to do a cer­tain job, he did not get to do that job be­cause he had re­signed be­fore. The law was silent as to whether I could go and ap­point again or whether I can’t ap­point and that is why one has to seek le­gal ad­vice as to what is le­gal and what is not,” he re­it­er­ated.

The ideal out­come, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Nor­ton, would have been the con­sul­ta­tions with stake­hold­ers lo­cally and the break­down of about five names which could have been worked with to de­ter­mine the Om­buds­man.

As the is­sue cur­rently stands, Dr. Nor­ton says it has been as­signed to the Solic­i­tor Gen­eral, Kim Kyte.

The Ber­bice Cricket Board had ear­lier this month ap­plied for a mo­tion to quash the GCB’s ap­point­ment of the Om­buds­man while an in­terim in­junc­tion was granted to halt the func­tion­ing of the elected Om­buds­man.

Dr. Ge­orge Nor­ton

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