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Roberts withdraws second letter via third letter

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By Anna Ramdass

In an about-turn, Sport Minister Anil Roberts has written to House Speaker Wade Mark withdrawing his previous letter in which he asked Mark to provide answers with respect to his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree.

Last week Friday, Roberts boycotted the Parliament sitting and sent a letter to Mark requesting leave of absence. In the letter, he took issue over reports with respect to Mark’s EMBA and asked the Speaker to provide answers.

Mark did not grant the leave and told the Express he would not engage Roberts on the matter in the media.

Roberts, in turn, wrote another letter to Mark, saying he will accept his decision and wants no special concessions or private meetings with him to discuss the matter. Instead, Roberts wrote to University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor Nigel Harris, asking numerous questions relating to Mark’s EMBA.

By letter dated December 5, Roberts issued a third letter to Mark in the span of one week. This letter stated he withdrew his first letter.

“After further consideration and consultation with my constituents of D’Abadie/O’Meara, I have come to the conclusion that the issue at caption (request for leave from the 11th Sitting of the House—Friday, November 29, 2013) is one of a private nature and I therefore withdraw my letter of 29th instant,” stated Roberts.

Roberts did not boycott the Parliament sitting yesterday. He attended and paid tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday.

The Express exclusively reported that Brian Ghent, programme director at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, had tendered his resignation over the awarding of the EMBA to Mark. The source of contention was that Mark did not fulfil the requirements to obtain the degree.

Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner also wrote to Mark this week, seeking answers with respect to the “gaps” in the award of his EMBA.

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