Dr Keith Rowley has once again reshuffled his cabinet, in a press release sent just after midnight the Prime Minister stated that he advised Her Excellency President Paula Mae Weekes about the changes to his cabinet. One substantial change is revocation of the appointment of Major General (Retired) Edmund Dillon as Minister of National Security.
The other changes are as follows: (i) Revoke the appointment of Mr Maxie Cuffie as Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration. Mr Cuffie will now serve as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration.
Prime minister Dr Keith Rowley has advised the president, her excellency Paula Mae-Weekes that minister of public administration, Marlene McDonald is unable to perform her duties by reason of illness.
The prime minister has asked the president to appoint Senator Allyson West to act as the minister of public administration with effect from Thursday, July 12, and continuing during the illness of minister McDonald.
Minister West will perform these duties in addition to her role as minister in the ministry of finance.
Attorney Michael Quamina has written to the Integrity Commission on behalf of Housing Minister Marlene Mc Donald, seeking to determine the status of an investigation against her.
The letter states that due to the public attention given to this issue, a speedy resolution is in the interest of all parties.
The following is the letter written by Quamina:
"I act on behalf of the Honourable Marlene Mc Donald, Member of Parliament for Port of Spain South and Minister of Housing and Urban Development in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.