Central Housing’s CEO fired

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 11:39 by Denis Chabrol

by Samuel Sukhnandan

Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority, Leland Saul.

Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr.Lelon Saul has been fired with immediate effect.

Mr. Saul confirmed with News Talk Radio 103.1FM/ Demerara Waves Online News that he received his termination letter today (Tuesday).

“According to the letter received, my service was terminated with effect from today (Tuesday), and I will now proceed on one month’s leave,” he explained.

Asked whether he was surprised, Mr. Saul responded, “nothing surprises me in Guyana, in this dysfunctional country and state.” He said the decision to terminate his services was brought to his attention by Housing and Water Minister Mr. Collin Croal who said “it was a Cabinet decision.”

Questioned about his next move, the former CEO said, “tomorrow the sun will rise and I will be there to see the rising of the sun…that’s all.”

Mr. Saul was appointed CEO of the CH&PA in early 2017 and served in that position for three years and six months.

He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Guyana Defence Force and also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Mr. Saul is the latest in a number of senior government officials who have been axed since the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) came to power in early August. They include the Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated Dr. Richard Vanwest Charles, Director of Sport Christopher  Jones and the Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Health Pastor Terrence Esseboom.