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Marlene is back! PM appoints McDonald in Ministry of Public Admin and Communications

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has appointed controversial Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications.

McDonald, the PNM’s deputy political leader, was already twice given a ministerial portfolio under the current administration and was fired on both occasions.

Photo: Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald (second from left) poses with alleged gangster Cedric Burke (third from left) and President Anthony Carmona (fourth from left) after her swearing-in ceremony as Minister of Public Utilities on 30 June 2017.

She was sacked as Minister of Housing and Urban Development on 17 March 2016 while the subject of an Integrity Commission investigation into her role in State payments to the Calabash Foundation, which is headed by her common-law husband, Michael Carew.

And, on Sunday 2 July 2017, McDonald was fired again after she turned up for her swearing-in ceremony as Minister of Public Utilities, just two days earlier, with alleged gangster Cedric Burke.

The following is the full release from the Office of the Prime Minister:

The Prime Minister, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, today advised the President, His Excellency Anthony Carmona to appoint the Honourable Ms. Marlene McDonald as a Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications, where she will assist the Prime Minister who continues to hold the portfolio which he assumed since the substantive minister, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie, fell ill a few months ago.

In making the appointment the Prime Minister said “Ms McDonald can make a valuable contribution to the ministry and I am confident that she will meritoriously perform the duties required as a minister in the ministry.”

Photo: President Anthony Carmona (right) swears in Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
(Copyright Reuters)

Ms McDonald, in accepting the appointment, pledged to dedicate herself to the business of the ministry and said that she was “committed and motivated to perform.”

She will be sworn in at 1:30 pm today, March 1st, at the Office of the President.

Ms McDonald was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Port-of-Spain South on 5 November 2007, at which time she was appointed Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs.

From 2010 to 2015 she served in Opposition as the Chief Whip.

Ms Marlene McDonald was re-elected to the House of Representatives of the 11th Parliament on September 7, 2015. Four days later she was appointed Minister of Housing and Urban Development, a position she held until March 17, 2016.

She was then appointed Minister of Public Utilities from June 30th 2017, a position she held until July 1st 2017. Ms McDonald is an experienced parliamentarian and her contribution to the ministry is welcomed.

Photo: Former Housing and Public Utilities Minister and Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald.
(Courtesy LoopTT)

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  1. Marlene the only power you know is the power in your blood marlene is a woman with a soul amen cannot be bought you canot by class.dignity .kindness.grace.intelligence ok God bless you amen

  2. Doh worry she getting fire tomorrow

  3. Nah!!! People hah no shame?. Lef Wakanda outta dis?

  4. I think ..once you are fired from public office you should ‘nt be allowed in public office period once corrupt always corrupt

  5. These political parties like ah bad soap opera. Same people keep going and coming back out of the wood works do bobol go then come back. Really?! We in such a bad way that there is no clean good blood to bring a different culture- different ideas to politics. Losing hope for the citizens in this country and the politicians we have created

  6. Iftikar, Would your aunt be willing to go AA? There’s a chapter near her home and before the meetings, all members receive hops and cheese and orange juice. persuade her to join nah and leave de “Grey Goose” for me!

  7. amidst all this reshuffling of one person Adrian Leonce remains the only elected representative not to be given a post. I would really like to know how much he has offended Rowley

  8. leave him with that Job elections near so he wants the constient votes so he is trying anything

  9. People in these comments actually congratulating her on the appointment?? Tells me all I need to know about why the country is in the state it is in?

  10. I’ll say this, Marlene is like the Phoenix who rises from the ashes.

  11. Why her? Aren’t there other suitably qualified people? Come on..

  12. Why Minister in the ministry?
    Is it to keep Maxie getting a Minister‘s salary?

  13. Thank God another two years then to the poles. All the action taken only to come and revert your decision. Reminds me of an animal that vomits and turns around to eat it. Me, believe and have confidence in any politician? I’ll die first! TOTALLY ASHAMED OF YOU!

  14. Let’s start the counting Lasana Liburd. I say she will not last till Monday. What do you think?

  15. Let’s see if the third time is a charm for the Hon(?) Minister.

  16. Congratulations Ms Donald you would bring balance. With your legal mind and maturity the only way is up.You are a loyal woman and not made of straw.You kept your cool with all that was thrown at you. All success. Meekly wait and murmur not. Your grand mother trained you well.

  17. Have to believe she must have something over his head to make this decision. Wow..

  18. Congratulations Ms Mcdonald. You more than proved your maturity, and loyalty to party, gov’t, and the country.

  19. This man is tone deaf. At a time when he’s advocating for anti-gang legisislation, he brings back Burkie’s godmother?