CITY mayor Andrew Mua says he is unmoved by the resignation of one of his councillors Jack Maeli yesterday.
Mr Maeli said he resigned because Mr Mua had no “respect for his councillors and had been making a lot of empty promises”.
“As chairman of one of the standing committees, I have very little to say in matters regarding my committee because of Mr Mua’s attitude,” the resigned councillor claimed.
He described Mr Mua’s attitude as dictatorial by failing to delegate powers to his councillors.
Mr Maeli also asked why Mr Mua did not allow councillors to use his official vehicle and why he issued a letter to one of the councillors to vacate a council home.
“I think the mayor is abusing his powers by giving directives to standing committees and telling them to change their budgets.
“This is undermining the authority of the committee chairman,” he said.
Mr Maelia also claimed Mr Mua had favoured foreigners when it comes to council land.
He cited land issues regarding former west Honiara MP Isaac Inoke at Rove and Hatanga Group at Kukum as examples.
But Mr Mua said Mr Maeli’s comments are those of a frustrated man.
“Maeli’s resignation has not affected the council one bit,” Mr Mua said.
“I cannot understand why all my other councillors can understand pretty well what has been going on and appreciate what the council had tried to put in place for the betterment of the city and not Maeli.”
Mr Mua said the land issues the resigned councillor was talking about were already dealt with.
“The Inoke land has already been dealt with by the city clerk after he was issued a six months notice and the Hatanga land is before the courts and has nothing to do with my office,” the mayor said.
Meanwhile, other councillors have voiced their support for Mr Mua’s leadership.
Councillor for ward seven, Eric Tema said their current executive remain solid and are behind Mr Mua’s leadership.
“We believe Mua is leading us in the right direction,” Mr Tema said.
Chairman of Finance Bongi Darlingi also expressed similar support.
“We see nothing wrong under the leadership and guidance of Mr Mua and anything to do with council budget.
“Actually we have seen some positive changes that will benefit the council and the people we represent,” Mr Dalingi said.
By Daniel Namosuia
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