Monday 19 August, 2019

Government Senator with US misdemeanour charge resigns

Government Senator Garvin Simonette has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley with immediate effect. 

The decision follows the release of records indicating an arrest due to driving under the influence in the United States. In addition to his resignation, he also declined to accept his appointment to the Cabinet as Minister of Public Administration. 

This, as he was tipped to replace disgraced Public Administration Minister Marlene Mc Donald after she was charged along with her partner and three contractors for corruption.

“I have advised the Prime Minister that in light of adverse media coverage regarding my culpability for driving under the influence, it would be inappropriate for me to accept his appointment to the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago.  I have also advised him of my resignation from the Senate with immediate effect,” he said. 

Simonette's decision to withdraw and resign is said to be driven by his desire to relieve the Prime Minister and the People’s National Movement from the distracting burdens of having to navigate any adverse commentary about a key team member.

“I sincerely apologize for any embarrassment caused because of my past infraction.  The last 16 months as a Senator provides ample evidence of my commitment to serving my country in the best possible way,” he added. 

The former Senator thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity to have served and says he remains committed to the advancement of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

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