Government has fired National Maintenance Security Company (MTS) board member Ian Forde just hours after he appeared on a United National Congress (UNC) Monday Night Forum platform.
In a letter dated March 18, Finance Minister Colm Imbert dismissed Forde citing a "reconstitution of the board of directors."
However, in a brief interview Tuesday, Forde said he was surprised by the news of his dismissal.
"There is no doubt in my mind that my dismissal had to do with my appearance on the platform," he said.
Forde said he had planned for hold a finance committee meeting on Tuesday and was preparing for it when his Chief Executive Officer handed over the letter of dismissal.
"There was no such talk of reconstitution the board before. In fact, this present board was only reconstituted in February," Forde said.
Despite the personal impact, Forde said he did not regret appearing on the UNC platform.
On Monday, Forde made the link between some hotspots and People's National Movement (PNM) supporters.
"It wasn't just my opinion, I am a statistician and I have the data and the facts to support everything I said," Forde said.
In the dismissal letter, Imbert thanked Forde for his contribution.
"Please note that your termination will be made effective by resolution of the shareholders, in accordance with the Companies Act, Chap. 81.01 and by the By-laws of MTS.
On behalf of the Government, I thank you for your past contribution to you company in particular and the country in general while serving on the Board," Imbert said in the letter.
Reporter: Renuka Singh