Monday 19 November, 2018

Devant: Stuart appointed Nat Sec Minister like 'thief in the night'

Former Government Minister Devant Maharaj is criticizing the manner in which Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced his latest cabinet reshuffle.

Just after midnight, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) issued a statement advising members of the public of the revocation, reassignment and appointment of Ministers.

Most notably was the removal of Edmund Dillon as Minister of National Security. He was appointed Minister of Housing while Stuart Young assumed his former post.

In a statement issued five hours later, Maharaj said the decision was taken unexpectedly.

“Like a thief in the night literally Minister Stuart Young was appointed as Minister of National Security as well as Minister of Communications. It is highly irregular if not downright suspicious that the Prime Minister at midnight and via Facebook make such a substantial change to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Maharaj also questioned Rowley’s rationale for appointing Young to the posts of Minister of National Security and Minister of Communications. He made the comment as he recalled that Dillon was initially placed in the position because of his military background.

“That cocktail of Ministerial Portfolios is reminiscent of some South American banana republic. One has to wonder aloud if there were no other persons in the Rowley Administration competent to be appointed instead of having Stuart Young hold on to two portfolios. Interestingly Minister Dillon was initially appointed as Minister of National Security because of his military background.”

He further noted that the revocation of Dillon’s appointment as Minister of National Security can be considered an admission of his and the Government’s failure to deal with the skyrocketing crime scourge that affects Trinidad and Tobago.


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