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Newly appointed Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein,
right, introduces himself to Hinni Maraj, head of the ministry's Engineering Unit, during a
meet and greet walkabout on his first day of work on Tuesday. Also in photo is newly
appointed Energy Minister Franklin Khan and Permanent Secretary Desdra Bascombe.
Former San Fernando mayor Kazim Hosein
assumed his role as Minister of Rural Development
and Local Government on Tuesday, one day after
being sworn in as a Cabinet minister.
Officials of the Ministry of Rural Development and
Local Government said Hosein s transition was
"smooth" and without problems as former minister
Franklin Khan met with Hosein privately before and
took him on a tour of the building to meet with
Officials said Khan used the opportunity to bid
farewell to workers, while introducing Hosein to those
now under his charge.
Hosein met with the ministry s permanent secretary
and other senior officials around 10 am, prior to meet-
ing with all the employees.
In a release, the ministry said Hosein was eager to
"The foundation laid by Minister Khan in terms of
Local Government reform is solid and I will now have
the task of leading the ministry and the 14 municipal
corporations in this vast transformation process," the
"The time for Local Government reform has come.
I have served in the trenches of Local Government
for the past 40 years. I worked in almost every depart-
ment of the San Fernando City Corporation, from
the ground up, and I have a good relationship with
all the corporations.
"While it is true that successive administrations
have proposed reform in various forms, this time it
will come to pass because there is widespread support
from the people. Equally important, there is the political
will and firm support by the leader of the Government,
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to make this hap-
The draft policy on Local Government reform was
submitted to the Finance and General Purposes Com-
mittee of Cabinet in August 2016 and was subsequently
approved by Cabinet in September just prior to the
The Cabinet approval has been officially gazetted
so the draft policy document is now public.
While the current Local Government elections
carded for November 28 will take place according to
the old policy in place, the ministry said the necessary
legislative amendments were already being drafted by
the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs.
Hosein settles into
It is expected that the legislation will be tabled
in Parliament early next year.
The ministry said the Cabinet-appointed
Technical Committee on Local Government
Reform will continue its work on an imple-
mentation plan for rolling out the policy.
This will follow a phased approach, designed
to give all stakeholders sufficient time to under-
stand and embrace the proposed changes.
Congress of the People leader Dr Anirudh
Mahabir, however, said the reshuffle was caused
by government's failure after a year to present a
"coherent, substantial blueprint for resolving the
economic, crime or any other major problem
confronting our society and to deliver real
"This was behind the firing of two ministers
(Nicole Olivierre---energy and Ancil Antoine---
Public Utilities) and cosmetic changes at the head
of other ministries. Government has exposed a
real lack of talent and changes to the Cabinet will
not change that.
"For example, one Minister hasn't been able to
decide on the revision of the speed limits required
following the introduction of the speed gun. Yet
he replaces another under whose leadership
public utilities have deteriorated and are failing to
meet citizens' basic needs.
"The only other aspect of this reshuffle is re-
confirmation of a single Cabinet minister as a
minister in two ministries with possibly two
salaries. This reshuffle confirms the failure to
deliver real solutions to serious problems. It could
only have been 'anticipated' by those in the ruling
party who vainly hope, somehow, this may hide
the empty rhetoric of a hapless regime."
Reshuffle confirms Govt failure---COP
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