Saturday 24 August, 2019

Legal challenges delay Darryl Smith report

The report into the dismissal and subsequent payout to former minister of sport Darryl Smith’s personal assistant has hit a snag.

Responding to a question during Prime Minister’s questions at Monday’s sitting of the Parliament, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley indicated that the report has been the subject of “legal challenge”.

On the advice of the Attorney General’s office and public service requirements, Rowley said the matter is under review.

On completion of this review, once so directed, the report will be laid in the Parliament.  

“Upon review and advice that it is appropriate to present that or any other report it will be so done,” the Prime Minister said.

As of now, there is no timeline on when the report can be laid in the Parliament.

Pressed further by Opposition MP Rodney Charles on an estimated timeframe for the completion of the review, Rowley said there was nothing further he could add on the matter.  

“I am in no position to know that because I am not in control of that situation.

There are processes and as a matter of fact when a former prime minister acted differently, the result was quite catastrophic,” he said.

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