Saturday 24 August, 2019

Devant: Resign, Dillon

Former agriculture minister Devant Maharaj is calling for the immediate resignation of National Security Minister Edmund Dillon in the wake of fraud allegations against him.

Dillon is facing a civil lawsuit in the United States for a questionable real estate transaction in the jurisdiction, according to an investigative news report carried by CCN TV6.

In a statement, Maharaj said yet another Minister of the Rowley administration is tarnishing the image of Trinidad and Tobago.

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He called for Dillon’s removal as National Security Minister by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, faling his resignation.

“Given the nature of the portfolio held by Minister Dillon as National Security and the damning allegations made by the TV6 report that were supported with documentary evidence from the United States Federal Court, Minister Dillon should resign immediately failing which Prime Minister Rowley should remove him from office.”

“The removal of Minister Marlene McDonald twice from office, including once for simply keeping the wrong company pales in comparison to the allegations against the character and conduct of Minister Dillon in this real estate transaction,” the former minister continued.

Maharaj said it was “simply intolerable” that the Minister be accused of the charges that were made in the United States Courts, in a nation where crime and domestic abuse has escalated to phenomenal levels since the current administration assumed office.

“What respect will Minister Dillon now have among law enforcement officials of Trinidad and Tobago? What will be the view of the criminal element of the head of the Ministry of National Security accused of such allegations?” Maharaj asked.  

He said the Minister could not be allowed to continue to hold office until these allegations are properly explained to the satisfaction of the population.

Will Dr. Rowley continue to prop up incompetent ministers of his government just to check a box that he didn’t fire someone he appointed?” Maharaj further questioned. 


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