Former House Speaker Dr Rupert Griffith dies

For­mer Par­lia­ment col­leagues of for­mer House Speak­er and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Dr Ru­pert Grif­fith are pay­ing trib­ute to him fol­low­ing his death Wednes­day af­ter­noon.

"Sad­dened by the news of the pass­ing of my for­mer Cab­i­net col­league Dr Ru­pert Grif­fith. He was a man who will have a spe­cial place in the his­to­ry of the pol­i­tics of T&T," for­mer en­er­gy min­is­ter Kevin Ram­nar­ine wrote in trib­ute on his Face­book page.

"In 1997 he crossed the floor to sup­port the first UNC Gov­ern­ment. He served as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for both Ari­ma and To­co/San­gre Grande, as the Speak­er of the Par­lia­ment (2000 to 2002) and as a Min­is­ter. I will re­mem­ber him as a hum­ble, qui­et and steady fig­ure in the Cab­i­net and Par­lia­ment. Rest in Peace Ru­pert."

An­oth­er for­mer min­is­ter in the Peo­ple's Part­ner­ship gov­ern­ment, Stephen Cadiz, wrote: "I sat next to Ru­pert in Cab­i­net and in the Par­lia­ment. We were both peo­ple of the east. He was a gen­uine, per­son­able per­son. RIP Ru­pert!"

Cur­rent MP Dr Bhoe Tewarie ex­pressed con­do­lences to Grif­fith's fam­i­ly, in­clud­ing wife San­dra Ray Grif­fith and friends.

"May his soul rest in Peace. May God em­brace him. He worked well for Trinidad and To­ba­go and we worked well to­geth­er to com­plete an ICT plan for our coun­try. Bless­ings," Tewarie wrote.

Grif­fith, who cel­e­brat­ed his 72 birth­day on No­vem­ber 7 and is a fa­ther of three, died at about 6 pm. He was said to be ail­ing for some time.

He rose to re­al na­tion­al promi­nence in 1997 when he crossed the floor as the Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment's Ari­ma MP to sup­port the first Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress gov­ern­ment. He served as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for both Ari­ma and To­co/ San­gre Grande, as Speak­er of the Par­lia­ment and as a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter.

More on this sto­ry as in­for­ma­tion comes to hand.

- by Rhondor Dowlat

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