Minister removed less than 72 hours after appointment

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) | Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley Monday said he had asked President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment of the new Public Utilities Minister Robert La Hunte, less than 72 hours after he was appointed to the post. Le Hunte was sworn into office last Thursday.

In a brief statement, the Office of the Prime Minister noted that it had come to the attention of Prime Minister Rowley that La Hunte, a former banker in Ghana, was also a citizen of that African country. “Accordingly, he is not qualified under section 42 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to be a appointed as a senator. Accordingly, the Honourable Prime Minister has so informed the president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” the brief stateme noted.

“Le Hunte will be rectifying his position and once this is done the prime minister will appoint him as a senator and as minister of public utilities,” said the statement. Added the statement: “Under these circumstances, until the matter is rectified, the honourable prime minister will assume the portfolio of minister of public utilities. It is expected that this situation will be rectified by Friday, September 1, 2017.”