Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Robert Le Hunte appointed Minister of Public Utilities

The Office of the Prime Minister has announced the appointment of Robert Le Hunte as the Minister of Public Utilities.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Keith Rowley advised President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment of Rowley as Minister of Public Utilities, and appoint Le Hunte in his place.

Rowley had assumed the role in early July, after Marlene McDonald was abruptly dismissed from her post as Minister of Public Utilities after she was accompanied to her swearing-in ceremony by Cedric “Burkie” Burke who was in 2011 arrested and charged under the anti-gang law, arousing controversy. She had only held the post for two days. 

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Nearly two months after this debacle, Le Hunte will be sworn-in at President’s House on Thursday at 2 pm.

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister says Le Hunte is a graduate of Economics of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He holds an MBA from the University of Manchester, UK and an MSc. in Accounting from the University of West Indies.

He has been an Executive Director at HFC Bank Ghana Limited since April 2013 and its Executive Director of Risk Management until April 2015. He was also Managing Director from April 2015 to August 21, 2017

The incoming minister is a former General Manager of Special Projects of Republic Bank Limited and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Barbados National Bank Inc. He has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Barbados National Bank and served as Director at Barbados National Bank Inc & subsidiaries. He also functioned as a Director of National Enterprises Limited from June 1, 2012 to November 2013.

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