Rowley reshuffles Cabinet …KAMLA: “GET RID OF DARRYL”

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Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, says that Darryl Smith should be removed from the Government and fired as Member of Parliament for Diego Martin Central.

On Monday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced a Cabinet reshuffle in which Smith was removed as Minister of Sport and demoted to Junior Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Persad-Bissessar issued the following statement:

“Prime Minister Keith Rowley should pick up his pack of jokers and go.

In the case of Darryl Smith, in particular, the Prime Minister has ignored the call of all right-minded citizens of Trinidad & Tobago including, Womantra, the Opposition, independent commentators, and even the Trinidad Express Editorial of today.

Newspaper reports have shown that Ministry funds were used to settle a case in which the allegations of sexual harassment were made against Darryl Smith.
The Prime Minister not only needs to fire Smith but demand his resignation from the seat of Diego Martin Central.  Darryl Smith no longer has the moral authority to represent the mothers, sisters and daughters of Diego Martin Central and he should resign his seat.

As a former Prime Minister, I am fully aware of how heavy the workload of the position can be.  Keith Rowley will not have the time to perform his Prime Ministerial duties, which he is already neglecting, and run a mega-ministry such as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.  In effect, the Prime Minister has promoted Darryl Smith to Minister of Housing and Urban Development.  One can only wonder how the female employees of the Ministry, HDC and UDECOTT must feel given the allegations against their new boss.

Keith Rowley has doubled down on rewarding bad behaviour by cycling and re-cycling scandal-plagued politicians.

Dr. Rowley has proven his impotence in not only managing ministers and their affairs but in also finding new talent to stop the government from imploding.

If the Prime Minister has so much confidence in his leadership and his team, he should test that confidence at the polls.  It is now clear that the Prime Minister himself is unfit to lead.   This Rowley-led Government is a disgrace.  Dr. Rowley should do the right thing and call elections now.”

The following is what occurred on Monday:

Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley today (April 09, 2018) advised Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago of the following in accordance with Sections 3(9) and 76(3) and 79(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago:

(i) reassign Mr. Darryl Smith as Minister in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development;

(ii) reassign Ms. Shamfa Cudjoe as Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs;

(iii) reassign Mr. Randall Mitchell as Minister of Tourism;

(iv) revoke the appointment of Mr. Maxie Cuffie as Minister of Public Administration and Communications and reassign Mr. Cuffie as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications;

(v) appoint Ms. Marlene Mc Donald as Minister of Public Administration and Communications; and

(vi) revoke the Prime Minister’s assignment as Minister with responsibility for Public Administration and Communications, and in addition to his present duties as Prime Minister, appoint him as Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

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THE PACK OF JOKERS

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