Wednesday, January 17, 2018

‘Baksh’s resignation long overdue’*

new senator: Government Senator Ronald Huggins, left, takes the oath of office during yesterday’s sitting of the Upper House after the seat of former Government senator Allyson Baksh was declared vacant. Looking on is Senate President Christine Kangaloo. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

FORMER senator Allyson Baksh’s resignation was long overdue, Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen said yesterday. “It is a act to save face on the part of the Government to try and cover up what has already happened in this matter. It is a scandal,” he told reporters before the start of yesterday’s sitting of the Senate.  He criticised the statements and actions of the Prime Minister on the issue which involved his “close friend” and party financier, Haniff Nazim Baksh (the father of Allyson Baksh). He said having regard to what had been disclosed by the internal audit committee of Petrotrin as well as the report of Canadian consultants, the long delay by the Petrotrin board in taking action on the “fake oil” scandal was unacceptable.

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