Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Carmona, family to move into new residence on Friday

President-elect Anthony Carmona and his family will move into their new residence at Flagstaff Hill, Long Circular Road, Port of Spain on Friday.

The Carmona family will be moving into the house previously occupied by former commissioner of police Dwayne Gibbs.

Carmona, his wife Reema and children Christian, 12, and Anura, ten, currently live in a townhouse at the Flagstaff residential community.

The Express understands that Carmona has been briefed on the protocols required of his office and is set to officially take up the post of the country's fifth President on March 18. His official inauguration ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium that day.

Outgoing President George Maxwell Richards will demit office on March 17.

President's House which is now in a dilapidated condition falls under the purview of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

There is a cottage on the premises of President's House which is used by the current President.

Asked the status of repairs to the structure yesterday, line Minister Emmanuel George said the director of construction in the ministry Zanim Ali had the answers. Efforts to contact Ali were futile.

As Carmona gets ready for office, yesterday at the Senate sitting, members took the opportunity to offer congratulations.

Independent Senator Subhas Ramkhelawan, who was also named in the presidential race, wished Carmona success in his posting and in service to the people. He noted that there was discussion as to whether or not independent senators should resign because of the election of a new President.

The President is responsible for the appointment of the nine independent Senators.

Ramkhelawan said the issue required a "healthy debate" and added: "I expect very shortly I shall be speaking to the media with regard to my own position on this particular matter of the status of independent senators."

Also offering congratualtions to Carmona was Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds.

"When I heard of that development, I felt elated at it, my party demonstrated its full support," said Hinds.

Carmona will meet several pieces of legislation when he assumes office, Hinds said.