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February 1 - 2017
Charles 'shakes up' THA team early
New challenges for members
The Tobago House of Assembly was last
week overhauled by newly-installed Chief
Secretary Kelvin Charles, who mixed up
his team and changed the names and assign-
ments of some divisions, while others were
consolidated in keeping with the Fifth
During the election campaign, Charles had
hinted of the consolidation move, but his
decision to move some of his team out of
their 'comfort zones' was not anticipated
before last week's installation of his new
executive team of nine Secretaries and four
Assistant Secretaries, who were given their
instruments of appointment by President
Anthony Carmona at President's House.
(See Page A7)
Speaking to the media after the swear-
ing in, Charles said he looked at the skill-
set of his team and assigned portfolios
based on the plan and vision of the new
Assembly. He said being able to work out
of one's comfort zone could make them
"You also have to bear in mind that part
of the process of development in respect
of people has to do with training and
exposing some of those people in other
"So for example, you may find someone
who may be strong, let's say in Commu-
nity Development, but you want to expose
that person and you may put them in
Finance, or you may put them in Health
and Social Services, so it's all a process of
organising your resources, in this case your
human resources, in a manner that will
allow you as a team to get the best results,"
Charles, however, refused to give any
reasoning for his decision to move some
of his team out of their perceived areas of
"I am not here to discuss my approach
in specific terms. As I just indicated, my
approach is to see where my talent is and
therefore organise my talents, recognising
that we have an island to run and the
medium to long term also requires the
development of people," he said.
Dennis wards off protests
Buccoo/Mt. Pleasant Area Representative
and Deputy Presiding Officer Ancil Dennis
and Providence/Mason Hall/Moriah Area
Representative Sheldon Cunningham served
as assistant secretaries during the 2013/2017
term, but were again given junior positions.
Tobago Today understands that the move
also did not sit well with supporters of both
men and there were plans to protest this by
their respective constituents. However, in an
interview with Tobago Today yesterday, Den-
nis, in attempt to ward this off, said he was
prepared to work in his new post.
"When I ran for office, I ran for the posi-
tion of Assemblyman and therefore that is
the only guarantee having won my seat.
Anything in addition to that in terms of
executive functions is the sole responsibili-
ty of the Chief Secretary," he said.
"Based on his plans going forward, he has
offered me the position of Assistant Secre-
tary in his office, which I have accepted,
and I would be giving my best in support
of his office and ensuring that the quality
of life of the people of Tobago is improved
significantly over the next four years."
Dennis added, "I have therefore requested
of my people, particularly my electoral district,
that yes I understand their need to express
disappointment, however at the end of the
day they must understand the bigger picture.
No man is bigger than the People's National
Movement and no one man, or no one can-
didate, is bigger than the island of Tobago ...
so I am asking persons to see the bigger pic-
ture and let us rally together in further devel-
oping Tobago." Also commenting on the issue
of security on the island at the inauguration,
Charles said he plans to tackle the issue of
crime in Tobago.
"We will continue to collaborate with the
Central Government. In fact, as part of my
programme I indicated that I would engage
the security services here to ensure that at
the end of the day, whatever crime plan that
they do have, that it is tailored to the Toba-
go situation," he said.
Other big ticket items his administration
intends to deal with are agriculture, tourism,
productivity, the education system and cus-
President Anthony Carmona dances to a rendition on the steelpan by Tony 'Pan Jumbie'
Williams following the swearing-in of the new Tobago House of Assembly at President's House
last Friday. PHOTO: CASANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
No bail for Plymouth man on drug charge
One Plymouth resident was grant-
ed $500,000 bail while another was
denied bail when they appeared in
court charged with possession of
narcotics on Monday.
Darren Maynard, 35, a fisherman,
and Kadesha Romeo, 26, who is
unemployed, appeared in the Scar-
borough Magistrates court before
Magistrate Lucinda Cardenas-Ragoo-
nanan on Monday.
They were not called upon to plead
as the charges were laid indictably.
Romeo was subsequently placed on
$500,000 bail with surety, while May-
nard, who has similar matters pend-
ing before the court, was denied bail.
They are scheduled to reappear in
court on February 20.
According to reports, Tobago
police arrested five people and
recovered a large quantity of a nar-
cotics and cash in the Plymouth
area following an all-day exercise
last Friday. (See Page A5)
Of the five held, however, only
Maynard and Romeo were charged in
connection with the major drug and
Police reportedly seized of 9370
grams of marijuana with a street value
of $150,000 and 865 grams of cocaine
with a street value of $500,000, along
with $120,000 of TT currency and
over of US $2000 currency were also
Police said the money was buried
in the back of a house.
The exercise was co-ordinated by
ACP Tobago Garfield Moore and Sen-
ior Supt Joanne Archie and spear-
headed by ASP Sterling Roberts.
The cash and narcotics seized by Tobago police on Friday during an all-day exercise.
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