New committee for Obs Civic

2018-01-30 06:00
Tauriq Jenkins

Tauriq Jenkins

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A new Observatory Civic Association (OCA) executive committee has been elected two months after the nullification of the previous annual meeting.

The OCA held their annual meeting at the Observatory community hall on Tuesday 23 January with the aim of rectifying the irregularities from the previous meeting held on Tuesday 31 October.

The decision to nullify that meeting was taken shortly after it was discovered that there were individuals that had been elected to position by residents who were reportedly not from the ­community.

In an attempt to rectify this, the previous committee called a special general meeting where approximately 250 people voted out the then newly elected members and agreed to schedule another meeting.

Some of the irregularly elected board members were local developers who were reportedly “worming their way into those positions so they could influence decision making in their favour”.

One of these developers was Ebrahim Abadar, who had previously shown strong interest and had wanted to involve the law to protect the developers’ position.

However, he told People’s Post on Thursday 25 January: “I do not know what was decided in that meeting. I am no longer interested in any position. I have decided to let it go and not proceed with the legal ­procedures.”

It is reported that most of the 12 positions were contested and that the majority of them were won by women.

Tauriq Jenkins, who had been acting chairman at the time of the previous meeting, has now been elected as chairperson and says he is happy with the results.

He says the OCA was determined to save itself from more embarrassment.

He says that considering the structure of the previous committee and what happened at that meeting, it was decided that the majority should be women, taking into consideration the interests of the community.

“It was a decision taken by the majority of our community members and we supported it.

“We have a strong feeling that the transformation will bring positive results and promote our values while encouraging change and diversity,” he says.

He says that among the priorities of the new committee are their intervention in the water crisis and engagement on a long-term development manifesto.

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