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Le Hunte is off; Rowley’s new Public Utilities Minister replaced after another cock-up

So Watson Duke was not the only son of the Sister Isle to make a fool of himself today.

For the second straight time, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley was forced to backtrack on the appointment of his Public Utilities Minister after admitting that Robert Le Hunte, a Ghanian citizen, did not qualify to be appointed to the Senate.

Photo: The recently un-appointed Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte.

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister indicated that Le Hunte’s presumed dual-citizenship got in the way of his swearing-in at President’s House today:

“It has come to the attention of the Honourable Prime Minister that Mr Robert Le Hunte is a citizen of Ghana and accordingly he is not qualified under section 42(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to be appointed as a Senator.

“Accordingly, the Honourable Prime Minister has so informed the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Mr Le Hunte will be rectifying his position and once this is done the Honourable Prime Minister will appoint him as a Senator and as Minister of Public Utilities. 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 1 September 2017.”

The faux pas meant that Le Hunte’s first stint as Public Utilities Minister was almost as short as that of his predecessor, Marlene McDonald, who barely managed take the oath and pose for photos with ‘Godfather Burkie’ before she got her walking papers.

Photo: In an expected and welcome turn of events, “Godfather Burkie” has allegedly turned his back on his supposedly lawless ways to become a full-time meme.

JIn case you’re wondering, section 42(1) states:

“No person shall be qualified to be appointed as a Senator who—(a) is a citizen of a country other than Trinidad and Tobago having become such a citizen voluntarily or is under a declaration of allegiance to such a country…”

Wait, does anyone in the PNM ever conduct ‘due diligence’? What? How do you mean you don’t speak Greek?!

Sigh. At this rate, Christian Mouttet might as well widen his probe on the government’s internal selection processes to the head of the Cabinet.

No wonder successful private sector executives pull a face when asked to serve in Government. The reality of public service is far removed from the sales pitch.

Something like being called on stage for ‘just a little wine’ by Destra.

Photo: I jes cool Lucy. I can’t afford another hip…
(Courtesy Islandistas.com)

Live Wire is uncertain whether the Prime Minister needs to be sworn back in to serve as Public Utilities Minister until Le Hunte “rectifies” his Ghanian citizenship. God knows Keithos deserves someone swearing at him right now.

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302 comments

  1. Wait a minute…wasnt this man a born Trinidadian that got dual citizenship when he took residency in Ghana years ago because of his job??SMH.He is not the only person that has dual citizenship.

  2. There is a serious article in today’s Guardian by Rosemarie Sant page A6..
    “EX-DIPLOMAT ON LE HUNTE ISSUE: SLAP IN FACE TO GIVE UP GHANA HONOUR’

  3. The presentation and farce of “multiple loyalties” by don’t of citizenships

  4. Just overlook the typos. My fingers seem to be overlapping the small keys on my phone.

  5. You people are commenting on due deligence
    Let’s comment on all the Sandals of Kamala’s stewardship. All the money stolen from the public purse. Not on a man who has so far had no crime against his name. Dual citizenship is not a cre only that he has to give up the other to take IP the job position. Let’s focus on real issues that affects us like the state recovering dome if not all the money stolen by the former ministers.

    • Their eyes too blind to see, just check out the language of some of these ppl who make comments it’s ludicrous, unintelligent, nasty racist, name it you get it and that says a whole lot about these individuals, can’t even make a sensible Comment without calling others names, cursing, belittling themselves whilst they are too numb to understand what they put out only shows the world who & what they are. Many empty vessels.

    • You see them for what they truly are.

    • But by Ghanian law, you cannot serve in most positions there if you have citizenship elsewhere. So why would they not understand the reason that Le Hunte gives up his citizenship?
      I’m not really convinced by that former high commissioner.

    • The article mentions he was honoured twice, first with citizenship in Dec 2016 and another, more recent honour where he was recognized by the gov’t.
      Seeing that both events are of relative recency, they may have had hopes for his continuing contribution to their country.
      Ergo, slap in face.
      Not sure how much backlash there might be, if any, though.

    • Hhmm..slap in the face for them, but not for TT..hhmm

    • Seems a bit of an overreaction from the High Commissioner. Is he suggesting that Hunte should give up the opportunity to serve his country in exchange for a perceived “slap in the face”? Steups!

  6. Really sorry for the bungling .He has the potential to improve

  7. I prefer a Prime Minister who makes inocent errors than one who is corrupt. We all make mistakes because we are human. He didn’t commit a crime. That man seems to be a decent man who he attempted to appoint as a minister. We need to allow the man the run the country. We gave Kamla 5 years which was full I’d corruption starting from the head. How quickly we forget.

    • Inga is not by your appearance you does get the job.if that was the case then the govt wouldn’t have anyone.

    • Ok – Do you know anything about this man outside of his dual citizenship that affects his suitability for the Post. We must not smear people’s character without justifiable evidence – It’s called Character Assassination.

    • I am really sorry for the bungling I hope things work out and he is reinstated to office and help to improve our utility service I think that he is a good man for the job

    • What ah khow is that he is not honestly accepting the position.and you know that’s true.so l will class u as .same.

    • You need to look past your Politial bias. I still await your evidence of corruption where this man is concern. Not revealing that you hold dual citizenship do not constitute a crime. Of you want to know what a crime is – ask Anand Ramlogan why he ask Mr West to lie for a bribe of Job stability. That is a crime – there are still Good intelligent people I’m this country that would not allow wool yo be pulled over their faces. Enough of Kamla and her corrupt ministers.I look forward to more arrests in the near future of the others who think they will always get away with their corruption.

    • Forgive the typos. My fingers seem to be overlapping on other keys.

    • Trinidadians do have short memories…every week was, as they called them, missteps..now they looking for every thing to complain about. .I find they are doing a very good job as the Opposition..even opposing some of the things that they themselves implemented…

    • “Looking for every thing to complain about”? Would that be your response to Tobagonians who are suffering because of this ferry scandal?
      And is Rowley being better than Kamla something to boast about? Because that isn’t a high bar and I’d like to think that even the most ardent PNM supporter would want more from their Prime Minister than to merely be better than the one who just got voted out of office.

    • The Tobago fiasco is unfortunate but after listening to the whole speech as to why it has we ended up in this situation I support his decision 100%. You see the State should never give in to blackmail even if it means some temporary inconveniences because it only leaves room for others to think they can get the Government to hand over our tax dollars if they threaten to withhold important services. A precedent must be set. Sometimes to get meaningful changes you have to take a stand even if it means having to withstand temporary inconveniences. To answer your other question no I expect much more than him being merely better than Kamla. However he has not done anything that suggests to me that he just wants to be merely a notch above het. He is making a difference in his stance against corruption. His handling of the economy I think is going ok because he came into power when the economy in recession and I am quite willing to let him use his first 5 years to put his strategies in place to turn the economy around. When Mr Robinson was in Power in 1986 when tough decisions had to be made to see us through that period the Panday fraction mislead this country into believing that Robinson was wicked when in fact he was a good Prime Minister who had to ensure that the Government of the day manage the economy with the scarce resources that was availability at that time. The same thing is happening again but I stand with my Prime Minister who is trying really hard to bring about meaningful change to the way things are done when Political parties takes Office and their Ministers have a feeding party with the Public purse. We had five years of corruption now give him the opportunity to make changes without judging him prematurely. He may make some errors along the way and he has but making mistakes are being human however when you do something in Office for the personal benefits of whom you choose that is not in the Public interest and can be deemed illegal then that’s corruption. Therefore let’s give him a fair chance unless we have clear cut proof the he is guilty of using his Office for corrupt activities.

    • The whole idea if loud mouthing for the public is to see how much of the corruption the ppl of this country forget. All empty vessels who couldn’t prove themselves worthy of anything clear cut, unbiased, unblemished, honest, reliable, steadfast, because they all leaning on the side that T&T is a 9 days wonder country and that many have forgotten all the ills. Trinidadian need to be truthful and honest about things, see it for what it is, not through the eyes of race, religion and politics then they be set for a better country, it’s the we factor killing this small nation, yet when you read it’s hate, racism, bitterness. What a sad bunch in a such small island.

  8. I appreciate the article but I respectfully wish to submit to you that the statement of the Tobago son is quite out of place and downright derogatory and quite indicative of the very thought process that Mr Duke hinted to. Trinidad is and island just like Tobago is. Together we make one country , the better than them syndrome not working.

    • What I am curious about, the release from the OPM, I think it was, when listing his background, nothing stood out for me as to what makes this person the only apparent person to head this particular ministry.
      Can anyone enlighten me?

    • He was on the BOD of UDECOTT, he knows how the system works

    • I still don’t see that as making him THE person to head a ministry of Public Utilities.
      And this is rather curious. If from the standpoint of Rep Bank , there is a significant investment there, he seems to hold a position of some weight, isn’t that position seemingly better for our benefit, rather than have him as a minister?

  9. Ghana Citizenship Act 2000:
    Section 10—Citizenship by Registration
    (1) A citizen of age and capacity of any approved country may upon an application, and with the approval
    of the President, be registered as a citizen of Ghana if he satisfies the Minister that—
    (a) he is of good character;
    (b) he is ordinarily resident in Ghana;
    (c) he has been so resident throughout the period of five years or such shorter period as the Minister
    may in the special circumstances of any particular case accept, immediately before the application;
    and
    (d) he can speak and understand an indigenous language of Ghana.
    (2) A person who is not a citizen and is or was married to a citizen may, upon an application in the
    prescribed manner, be registered as a citizen.
    (3) Subsection (2) applies to an applicant who was married to a person who was a citizen at the time of
    the death of that person.
    (4) Where the marriage of a person registered as a citizen under subsection (2) is dissolved, the person
    shall continue to be a citizen unless the citizenship is renounced.
    (5) A child of the marriage of a person registered as a citizen under subsection (2) shall continue to be a
    citizen unless the child renounces the citizenship.
    (6) Where upon an application for registration under subsection (2) it appears to the Minister that the
    marriage had been entered into primarily for the purpose of obtaining the registration, the Minister
    shall request the applicant to establish that the marriage was entered into in good faith.
    (7) In the case of a man seeking registration, subsection (1) applies only if the applicant is permanently
    resident in Ghana.
    (8) A person shall not be registered as a citizen unless he has taken the oath of allegiance.

  10. We need a minister for my company . We almost had Marlene which would have been a disaster (for me for sure) . So let Le Hunte be appointed again . Marlene had two chances so give him two also .

  11. Go back Ghana Please pnm will make you a very sad man

  12. This remind me about a magistrate who resign to take up a judge position and was ask to resign that to lost she wok .now dat a dog and d bone story , Le hunter is d same thing PNM at its best

  13. Only mumbling and bungling. Lord help us

  14. Today’s Newsday:
    Rowley yesterday cleared the air on the matter, saying Le Hunte is a TT national who was on temporary assignment in Ghana.

    “While he was there, he obtained in part of his residency and acceptance in the community, he obtained Ghanaian citizenship.” Rowley dismissed the recent faux pas surrounding Le Hunte’s appointment as a “communication glitch.” “There was a communication glitch in the handling of that development and by having that in place it offended our Constitution,” he said. “That is easily rectified and by him revoking his appointment to preserve his position in Trinidad and Tobago and qualify him to hold the office for which he has been selected for.” Asked if Le Hunte had provided him with details about his status a a TT citizen, Rowley told reporters: “I have just provided it.” Pressed to elaborate, he added: “I am saying it was a development that the communication which would have prevented it (appointment) from happening, the communication went awry and it has to be done over.

    “ So, a few days of doing over and it will be all right. You couldn’t provide it before you knew what happened.” The Prime Minister made it clear that Le Hunte will be re-appointed “So, a rectification is taking place so that we comply with the requirements of the Constitution and it is my intention to re-appoint him as soon as that is done.

    That will take 72 hours or thereabouts.”

  15. Maven, it was about Govt distraction on Anand issue etc etc…

  16. Wvhat are fuad’s theories,,?

    • ““He is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, so let me make that very clear, he is not a Ghanaian, he is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who did temporary assignment in Ghana. While he was there he obtained in part of his residency and acceptance in the community he obtained citizenship, there was a communication glitch in the handling of that development,” the PM said.”” What utter rubbish

    • Savitri Maharaj how can a communication glitch hand you a foreign passport. I better go to the US EMbassy there and try that glitch and see how dem handle dat development.

    • Sorry, but that piece not even worthy of a comment. Does the PM think the nation is stupid?

      • Earl Best

        Not the piece, Nerisha. That’s a classic case of shooting the messenger.

        It’s the PM’s continuing bungling that should be beneath contempt, not the reportage and/or commentary it spawns.

  17. And they want to check normal citizens background inside out before they could get a lil KFC work but the big boys with all the subjects you could think about ain’t getting no background check stupess that is why the government will constantly embarrass themselves because of lack of common sense.

  18. Trinis have a 10 days memory by next week the minister will grant him citizenship under low and by next month he will hold office

  19. Lasana Liburd, not your forte, neither mines, but just skimming through all 500+ pages of the Uff Report, very instructive. Appendix 13, in particular

  20. Brian Harry, were you on the UDECOTT Board in 2004?

  21. a simple background check would have indicated his citizenship. are Rowley’s people stupid?

  22. There is very little difference between this appointment and Marcia Ayers-Caesar’s imo.

  23. So is he currently unemployed?

  24. Marlene still holding the record I think.

  25. This is what you expect from all Political Life

  26. These people don’t do any ‘due diligence’ before they make these important decisions?

    • Don’t matter if you lied for the whole country,an fool the president,well Rowley easy to fool.you are being employed,and must get paid.THIS IS Not For poor people.just tighten alyou belt an wait untill near election.

  27. Stupid mistakes…one after another…..

  28. I am shame by the missteps of this Government and the President

  29. ‘There must be some way outa here. Said the Joker to the Thief. Too much confusion. I can’t get no relief’ (B. Dylan ‘All Along the Watchtower’

  30. Kieth had a whole five years to prepare for primetime and yet still when the curtain drew there were sax men behind the drums and backup singers who didn’t know the songs. Some musicians didn’t even belong to the damn band!

  31. Sheer incompetence. Aren’t there too civil servants who are qualified to ascertain whether all the ducks have been lined up? Or they just throw all the ducks in the pot without even plucking them? What a shame.

    • Great metaphor. No pluck. No clean
      No gutting.
      No washing

      Reminds me of the UNC and they hiring frauds, fakes and quacks, to high station with grossly expansive income packages.

      This uncpnm has other problems with their hires. But problematic hires all the same.

      BTW, is there anyone else here who thinks there is a silent UNC PNM war on employment and hiring power?

      That most of the unemployed retrenched were the bulging UNC political hack hires, and so the UNC strike back is to stop PSs and bodies (PSC?, ) from hiring. But no one is talking about this publicly? Or nothing on fb…I have been privy to. Then you integrate the big hiring fiascoes at the top.

      Like, does anyone know who is the VP at WASA for Customer Care? As for example, silent dynamics

  32. I still wonder if Clarence Rambharat gave up his Canadian citizenship before running for office…

    Never mentioned, ent?

  33. “Dual citizenship may be awarded to anyone who is either born in Ghana or has parents of Ghanaian origin.” Robert Le Hunte was born in Trinidad, so were his parents Ghanaians?
    http://www.ghanaiandiaspora.com/how-to/dual-citizenship/

  34. Who is the PNM big sawatee who had big contracts in Ghana and is linked to the UTT?

  35. Ghanaian and Gonian sound similar … honest mistake

  36. Am at present out of the country but I plan to put on a swimsuit and swim from where I am on the north american continent in defense/support of the Prime Minister tomorrow morning..Only last month he nearly buy a boat he did not know anything about..Why not the same for a new cabinet Minister..All yuh feel he has Alzhiemers?

  37. how you mean nothing to do with the man an task, where he living all these years in a cave, the world knows that you cannot serve as a min in a country with a foreign passport,

  38. did he have dual, and if not he had 2weeks to fix it, and with who know you in this country 4days

  39. So apparently no one properly vetted the goodly Mr. Le Hunte.
    In a properly run country, this would be a huge Affront
    But when you live In Backwardistan you become accustomed to this type of Stunt.
    Since we have one of these at least every other Month
    Although I have to admit in a race for top assholery this one puts us in Front
    Undoubtedly Mr Ghana will be blamed and the attacks he will feel the Brunt
    Some will also blame the President and even the defacto PM, the Runt.
    No doubt the real PM will respond when the media asks him about it with his usual Grunt
    And I give him all rights to treat us with scorn because we voted for him even though Manning warned us that he is a big…Rottweiler.

    • Sigh.
      All this…and to quote your boy …and allyuh ent riot yet!
      The bigger issue…how can you have confidence in a government when they can’t even properly handle something as simple as this without screwing it up?

  40. Due process failure.
    He should have also known to raise his dual citizenship with the PM.

  41. There are current Senators who are dual citizens.

  42. Lol time and time again the media runs with a story and gets the general public to believe everything they say. Smh. Oh well at least there are those who know better than to believe everything that the media feeds them.

    • So Zane given that you have inside info beyond what the pm said why don’t you say? The media didn’t say anything. The pm issued a release

    • I have no further comments at this time Brian Harry. Anything that you need to know, will be provided to you in a timely manner. ?

    • So that four paragraph release from the office of the PM was false information that they fed to media, for the media to feed to us, ” the gullible masses”??

      So he really was sworn with no issues? Oh ok, I won’t be so gullible next time!

    • Tony Sinclair yes. It seems that Zane obviously knows for sure that the PM office lied to us

    • Who said anything about the PM office lying to you?

    • Zane Coker Zane bredda sometimes things get lost in translation — or typing? — how you mean the media runs with a story? Rather than we have a senseless back and forth…what did the media ” get us to believe”?

      I’m asking to make sure I’m not missing anything, not to be a dick.

    • Everything that you want to know the media will make known in the best time possible. Don’t worry. As I said I have no further comments at this time.

    • Zane Coker very respectfully, you is ah kinda clown or what?? I calmly gave you the chance to defend your position and that’s your response?? Just kidding bruh, I know you had no position to defend so your response doesn’t surprise me. Cool then i’ll wait for more from the media?

    • Zane Coker the only thing the media has published to date is the release from the PM’s office. In what way are they misleading us?

    • Brian Harry I hope you have better luck with that than I did…I have too much sense to engage in a senseless back and forth on FB, so I figured maybe I was missing something? I decided to ask the bredda for a little clarification and to defend his position? Man hit me with a “politician’s” answer yes?

    • Defend my position? I owe you no clarification and no information on any matter. Like you feel I holding public office and obligated to respond to you. STEUPSSSSSS

    • Zane Coker But star yuh cah come on the people FB and wrongfully accuse the media of, “running with a story”, and, “gets the general public to believe everything they say” when they simply publish a release from the PM’s office?

      Why you not getting that?

      But yuh ketch meh…yuh put together some decent enough sentences in your initial comment, so I felt like I was dealing with somebody who was up to par…sadly I was mistaken. This is not to disrespect you eh, it’s just the reality of the situation.

      Yeah bredda defending a position you holding is huge, but ok then, I fire de wuk, you win?

    • The people Facebook? You not easy. What I choose to say when I choose to say it is my right. If I have an opinion about something, that is also my right. Whether you feel I owe you an in depth explanation to my opinion, which I choose not to for my own reasons, I am not obligated to do so. I’m not here to discuss anything with anyone. I said what I had to say and that is it.

    • Zane Coker YOU made an assertion!!! YOU DID! Then you were challenged. By asserting in the way you did YOU pointed fingers at all of us saying we allowing the media to mislead us. WE then asked you to explain. YOU opened this door. So the un-Trinidadian thing and accept responsibility and back out gently. This was YOUR architecture

    • Hahaha. It’s clearly killing yall inside not getting the information I possess. But I don’t understand what the big thing is about… I told you that the media will reveal whatever information you seek in a timely fashion. Relax, sip a coffee, it’s 10am, do the job that brings you your income and mind yours.

    • Zane Coker not killing us. You possess NOTHING! What’s killing us is the BS you peddle and now back pedaling from.

    • Whatever makes you sleep at night.

    • This is a real convo? Allyuh really good yes

  43. Re: Appointment of Robert Le Hunte

    It has come to the attention of the Honourable Prime Minister that Mr Robert Le Hunte is a citizen of Ghana and accordingly he is not qualified under section 42(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to be appointed as a Senator.

    Accordingly, the Honourable Prime Minister has so informed the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Mr Le Hunte will be rectifying his position and once this is done the Honourable Prime Minister will appoint him as a Senator and as Minister of Public Utilities. 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 1 September, 2017.

  44. But what de ass is dis?? Dis comedy day in TnT or what?? Watch nah the writer draft in een poor Destra in he jokes too yes

  45. What a shitty government we have who don’t know they ass from they elbow

  46. Wasn’t there something with Gypsy and dual citizenship too? Geez, does no one learn anything?

    • There was a fuss over Clarence Rambharat, Vasant Bharath etc.
      But the story of his appointment has been circulating a while. Did the President refuse to swear him in if when the info came to his attn?

  47. Girl you know! They like they living in a bubble, cut off from reality….

  48. If I was offered a ministry it won’t be public utilities . It’s jinxed.

  49. He still good looking!!! I eh care!

  50. ..That’s TWO ministerial appointments that have failed muster. Worse than Trump..

  51. Maybe Le Hunte thought the dual citizenship rule was for elected officials cause it generally comes up during an election campaign with people who are running for seats. And so he didn’t say anything . And the PM just didn’t ask because why would he think dude became a Ghanaian citizen since we have foreigners holding jobs here without becoming citizens. Idk.

  52. I don’t understand why people forget the Bill Chaitan story. We are all political junkies. Remember the furore. I was living in houston then and I remember it. That’s well known grounds. I’m not hitting at Robert whom I know very well but how can such a slip up happen

  53. It’s so comical like a comedy of errors

  54. Who’s doing background checks?

  55. Tanya Carr, you just cannot make this stuff up!
    And if, at a time when the Cabinet is under more scrutiny, there is such an apparent lack of due diligence, one wonders if anyone really wants the job they have?

  56. The PM fell into the same error as the CJ by failing to ensure that the person recommended by him for appointment as a Senator and Minister satisfied ALL legal requirements for such appointments.

  57. So no one checked somethong as basic as this guy’s citizenship status? Geez, makes you wonder what else did they not check ….

  58. Wow! And all this time poor Burkie sunning out he suit. Seriously though didn’t this dual citizenship business come up almost every election? That’s like the most basic thing required. It’s to serve in the government. Curious as to why he would pledge allegiance to Ghana but that must be another interesting story.

  59. #Recruitment101 #FAIL It’s hard to not to imagine that such an elementary slip with the potential to expose embarrassing political bungling might have been deliberate. If not, someone better check the credentials of the person who blinked on the job! And I agree that the goodly almost-Senator had a responsibility too. That Public Utilities Ministry tho’! Wha’ goin’ on?!

  60. When I apply for grants, positions, and appointments, I must make sure two things: 1. I know the full requirements.
    2. I meet or exceed those requirements. And 3. I do not contravene any requirement or protocol.

    And see what I did there: performance standards are always higher than what is stipulated.

    Hunter is not off the hookby my standard. He is just as culpable.
    Meticulousness missing all round.

    And shit only happens when parties are on shit, doing shit, wrong intention, bad movements.

    I only wonder for what benefits he got his Ghanian citizenship: Business, Land, Position, Taxes??!!

  61. I thought he was sworn in last week…

  62. This reflects poorly both on the processes and, sadly,also on Mr Le Hunte who must have been aware that this issue has arisen in the past and was the subject of a legal challenge with respect to the appointment of a former Minister of Energy and perhaps others.This is the kind of information that ought to have been picked up in the vetting process but should also be volunteered.

  63. A true comedy of errors that has nothing to do with the man’s aptitude for the task! This does not bode well for this PNM government at all; it makes them highly comparable to the People’s Par-ship!

  64. I shame…can’t believe this man has been an MP for how long and got this wrong, the most basic of rules

  65. This all raises inescapable questions as to the extent, or existence, even of due diligence processes in these senior appointments…this is not to impugn Mr Le Hunte who is well known to me to me over many years, but the truth needs to be faced….Question…would Republic Bank Limited, with which Robert served with distinction at a senior level over many years, allow such a senior appointment without elementary due diligence? I think not…my point being that the applicable standards in public service must be no lower than those applicable to a quality private sector organisation…