Fixin’ T&T, a civic watchdog group, has reiterated calls for Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to immediately sack Housing Minister Marlene Mc Donald and for a police investigation to be launched into her role with the Calabar Foundation.
The following is the release from Fixin’ T&T:
Fixin’ T&T maintains that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley must immediately remove Ms Marlene McDonald from any and all Ministerial and Cabinet positions in the face of the mountain of evidence before him on this and other matters allegedly involving the Housing Minister.
It is the only action consistent with his campaign promises of returning morality and decency to public office and restoring confidence in same.
(Letter to acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams)
Dear Mr Williams,
1. Marlene McDonald was the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs up to May 24, 2010.
2. Michael Carew has been described by Ms McDonald as someone with whom she had a personal relationship and by many others as her common-law husband.
3. Cheques from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs were made and paid out to the Calabar Foundation in May 2010.
4. Michael Carew was a Director of the Calabar Foundation.
We write to request that a criminal investigation be launched by the Police into the setting up and operations (financial and otherwise) of the Calabar Foundation to determine whether:
· There has been any fraud or misrepresentation perpetrated.
· There was any misbehaviour in public office by then Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs and current Housing Minister, the Honourable Marlene McDonald.
The Calabar Foundation was registered on 24 August 2010. Its registered address is 10 Ariapita Road, St Ann’s. The Directors are:
1. Michael Carew of 10 Ariapita Road, St Ann’s.
2. Victor Mc Eachrane of 10 Canna Drive La Florissante Gardens D’Abadie.
3. Lennox Carew of 46 Chrysanthemum Drive, Morvant.
The Secretary of the Calabar Foundation is Michael Carew.
Monies in the sums of TT$375,000 and TT$200,000, allegedly approved by Ms McDonald, were subsequently paid to the Calabar Foundation via cheques numbered P 00236829 and P 00236828 respectively on 12 May 2010.
According to the documents attached which were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and the Registrar General’s Office:
1. Applications for funding was made by the Calabar Foundation on 27 April 2010 and 4 May 2010.
2. Approval for both was granted on 10 May 2010 by then Minister Marlene McDonald.
3. The cheques were issued on 12 May 2010.
4. The cheques were collected on 12 May 2010.
5. The application for the name Calabar Foundation was made on 14 July 2010.
6. The stamp of the Registrar General’s Office on the Calabar Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation is dated August 24, 2010.
7. Both cheques were deposited on September 9, 2010.
No one has been able to verify the existence of the Calabar Foundation nor have we been able to determine any work conducted for the funds received.
We trust that our Police Service can thoroughly, transparently and efficiently conduct this investigation to bring it to an expeditious conclusion.
· Mr Stephen Williams – Ag Commissioner of Police
· Mr Roger Gaspard SC – Director of Public Prosecutions
· The Honourable Ms Marlene McDonald – Minister of Housing