Friday 22 November, 2019

Padarath calls for answers on sex suit claim

Princes Town MP Barry Padarath is calling on Sport Minister Darryl Smith to clear the air on reports that the Sport Ministry used $150,000 of taxpayers’ money to settle a claim of sexual harassment made by a former Personal Secretary of the Minister against a high ranking Ministry official.

In a statement, Padarath said media reports, as well as documents purportedly from the Ministry being circulated on social media, allege that the hefty claim was paid out to the Minister’s personal secretary “under the guise of Trade of Dispute”.

The MP is calling on the Minister to say whether public funds were used to settle the allegations of sexual harassment, who is the Ministry official at the centre of the allegation and if the Minister and government believe that it is right and just for state companies and Ministries to be protected by non-disclosure agreements while public funds are used to settle claims.

Padarath said the latest incident is another addition to a string of scandals to rock the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs under Smith. He added that the Minister must answer the questions raised in the public interest as it relates to expenditure used to cover up alleged wrong doing.

 

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