President Anthony Carmona insisted today that he did inform Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of his desire to meet National Security Minister Edmund Dillon before their contentious meeting
So how does that square with Rowley’s subsequent hiring of legal advice, via Martin Daly SC, to address the issue? And why did Carmona not deal with concerns that his mother-in-law, Savitri Seetaram-Singh, might have been—or still is—a paid member of staff at the Office of the President?
The following is the press release from Fixin’ T&T:
FIXIN’ T&T notes that President Carmona did not speak to the issue of the alleged employment of his mother-in-law at President’s House and call on him to immediately do so.
Of even greater concern is the President’s assertion that his recent meeting with the Minister of National Security was convened with the consent and blessings of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. This [statement was delivered] in the face the legal opinion sought by the Government on its constitutionality and the PM’s reported forwarding of same to the President. This scenario begs many questions including:
1) Does the Prime Minister have any recollection of the sequence of events leading up to that meeting? When exactly did he learn of it?
2) If President Carmona did in fact go directly to the Minister of National Security to request a meeting, did Minister Dillon then advise and/or seek the permission of the Prime Minister prior to attending? If no, why not?
3) Is this the first time that President Carmona, during his tenure, would have requested to meet with a Government Minister? Was there any precedent for this action?
While the President’s explanation of expenditure issues was comprehensive, procurement processes used should be further examined and the aforementioned matters urgently addressed.