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Query on Kamla’s relatives employed at her Siparia office

Published: 
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Allegations surfaced last night that two relatives of former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar are employed at her Penal constituency office.

The news came last night in a CNC3 report, two days after the firing of MP Marlene McDonald as housing minister by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Thursday.

McDonald was axed for hiring her common-law husband Michael Carew and brother-in-law Lennox Carew at her Port-of-Spain South constituency office, a move that is in breach of the parliamentary regulations.

CNC3 stated that they were reliably informed that a cousin and niece of Persad-Bissessar were employees at her office.

However, CNC3 could not ascertain how long the two family members were employed there.

The relatives were not available when CNC3 telephoned the office yesterday.

CNC3 stated that they were told that the matter was raised with Persad-Bissessar who has since written to the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

According to the Integrity in Public Life Act, a person shall not use his office for the improper advancement of his own or his family’s personal or financial interest.

The Independent Liberal Party said Persad-Bissessar should follow the precedent set, and resign as Opposition Leader and MP for Siparia.

Persad-Bissessar did not respond to a text message last night.