Saturday, December 16, 2017

Manning revealed offer while at Penal school

Prime Minister Patrick Manning chose a primary school visit in Penal to reveal yesterday that his newly reappointed Attorney General, John Jeremie, had offered to quit the job.

Jeremie has run afoul of the Law Association and Opposition members following exclusive Express reports that he tried to influence former director of public prosecutions (DPP) Geoffrey Henderson.

Jeremie reportedly offered to resign while in England, where he went last week to "tie up loose ends" at his old job as High Commissioner to London.

Manning made a 9 a.m. visit to the Dayanand Memorial Vedic School yesterday to meet with Danielle Seunarine, who tied for top place in the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam.

The visit came after criticism that he had visited San Fernando a week before to celebrate the other SEA top performer, Jemila Forde, but could not find the time then to go to Penal.

It was only last weekend, while at the Caricom Heads of Government Conference in Guyana, that Manning promised to deal with the members of the Law Association for their vote of no confidence against Jeremie.

Jeremie's controversial reappointment came after Manning told Parliament that then Attorney General Brigid Annisette-George was stepping down over possible conflict of interest linked to CL Financial.

Asked yesterday how he intended to deal with the issues brewing over Jeremie, Manning said, "I could tell you he has offered his resignation to the Prime Minister."

Asked if he had accepted Jeremie's resignation, Manning repeated that the resignation was offered.