Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has responded to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on allegations that she had no knowledge that Marlene McDonald was to be arrested, telling UNC supporters last night that she had “no pip”.
She spoke at a UNC meeting at the New Grant Government School in Moruga yesterday.
Although admitting that Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald inquired whether he knew of an investigation into her, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi denies making any queries to the police.
Al-Rawi said a few months before McDonald was arrested in a corruption investigation last month, she approached him in the Parliament.
Speaking to reporters at Skinner Park yesterday, he said McDonald told him as a matter of fact that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar had informed the MP about her impending arrest.
Former government minister Marlene McDonald has made her first court appearance since being charged with corruption, last month.
The Port-of-Spain South MP, her long-time companion Michael Carew, Wayne Anthony, Victor McEachrane and Edgar Zepherine appeared before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court, yesterday morning.
Former government minister Marlene McDonald’s long-time companion Michael Carew and another man charged alongside the couple for corruption and money laundering, encountered yet another obstacle on Tuesday in accessing bail.
Sources at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court told Guardian Media that the Clerk of the Peace yesterday rejected the two potential bailors who were selected to secure their bail.
Even as he fumed at the media for “trying to pin” Marlene McDonald’s corruption scandal on him, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Thursday admitted that he exercised flawed judgment by reinstating her as a Cabinet minister despite the trail of allegations that dogged her.
Rowley faced the media yesterday for the first time since McDonald was arrested at her Maracas, St Joseph home last Thursday. She has been charged with seven offences of corruption, fraud and misbehaviour in public office and is now home on $2 million bail.
"As far as the Government is concerned, there is no crisis in Trinidad and Tobago."
Those were the words of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as he began addressing Thursday's post-Cabinet news conference on the matter of dismissed minister Marlene McDonald.
"A crisis means different things for different people. For us the ship of state flows smoothly along," he said.
But the prime minister has admitted that he made an error in judgement by having returned Marlene McDonald to the Cabinet, despite the allegations she had been facing when he did.
Former public administration minister Marlene Mc Donald has encountered another obstacle in securing her two-million-dollar bail.
Guardian Media has been informed that the bail documents were sent to the women's prison in Arouca late Wednesday evening.
This morning the prison indicated to her lawyer and bailiffs that Mc Donald needed to come to the prison to sign the bail bond before she is officially released.
Former Public Administration minister Marlene Mc Donald has encountered another obstacle in securing her two million dollar bail.
Sources told Guardian Media that the bail documents were sent to the women's prison in Arouca late yesterday evening.
This morning the prison indicated to her lawyer and bailiffs that McDonald needed to come to the prison to physically sign the bail bond before she is officially released.
Mc Donald has been warded at the St Clair Medical Centre since Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.
Between November 8, 2007, and December 5, 2013 - McDonald, Carew, McEachrane, and Zephyrine allegedly conspired to defraud the state via payments to the Provident Foundation for Development in the amount of $800,000
Between 31 March 2010 and 10 September 2010, McDonald, Carew, McEachrane allegedly conspired to defraud the State of T&T of via payments the Calabar Foundation in the amount of $375,000
The ruling PNM government seems to be lurching from one crisis to another. This was how political analyst Prof John La Guerre responded to the recent firing of Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald and Monday’s cancellation of Garvin Simonette’s appointment as her replacement.
McDonald, a deputy political leader of the PNM, and powerhouse in both the Parliament and the political was charged with seven criminal offences yesterday along with four others including her companion.