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guardian.co.tt Sunday, June 18, 2017
His Excellency Presi-
dent Anthony Carmona
is calling on fathers of
disabled children to find
a way back into their
He said abandoning the
disabled child to the sole
responsibility of a moth-
er's love and affection was
wrong and unfair.
In his Father's Day
message, Carmona said,
"There is, however, one
demographic that bleeds
our hearts on this very special day and this pain we
have personally experienced interacting with the
family members and caregivers of differently-abled
"When we speak of differently-abled children,
we do not speak of children with broken limbs but
children with broken spirits, broken hearts, starved
of fatherly love."
He said very often the daily routine of the disa-
bled child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral
Palsy, Down Syndrome, the visually-impaired and
the hearing-impaired were borne solely by mothers.
He said many fathers have abandoned their disabled
child to a mother's love and presence through skewed
and misplaced notions of manhood, masculinity and
"Fathers, please find a way back into the life of the
differently-abled child who craves your love, care and
Carmona said in a society confronted with many
afflictions, a simple yet defining solution may well
be a father's love, guidance and presence.
He said quite often, the role and significance of a
father are downplayed and seen as the lesser of the
parental influences when in fact it should complement
the role of the mother in the home.
"Today is indeed a celebration of fathers, father
figures and fathers who run single-parent households
and contribute to the progression and upliftment of
"Father and father figures, continue to be that glim-
mer of hope with your disciplined love, mentorship
Carmona said while children will be inclined to give
their fathers material things, there was no greater gift
than the gift of love, deep appreciation and dedication
"and that gift is one that daddy will always cherish
He also gave a "hail up" to grandparents who have
taken the place of delinquent mothers and fathers,
imbibing love and affection in an unparalleled way.
Pres appeals to
dads of disabled
In addition, since she was not given a hearing before
the commission made its decision, she was denied the
rules of natural justice and the protection of the law
as guaranteed in Sec 4 B of the Constitution of T&T.
Archie told his administrative secretary to include in
the letter of resignation a statement that Ayers-Caesar
"was giving up any claim to any pension benefits as
he did not want her to believe that she had accrued
any benefits by virtue of her appointment as a judge
for the period of two weeks", the letter stated.
Ayers-Caesar submitted her resignation letter to
Carmona that day.
Ayers-Caesar said Carmona participated in the
JLSC's "unconstitutional actions and unlawful pres-
sure" by accepting the resignation letter.
Archie told Ayers-Caesar that he was "under pres-
sure" from Carmona "and that the President wanted
him to procure her resignation".
"The President must have known from the very
quick sequence of events that in very short order:
first, the JLSC had met and decided (with-
out hearing from the Claimant); second, the
Chief Justice had had a meeting with her on
27th April; and third, she was immediate-
ly thereafter on her way to a pre-arranged
meeting with him. The President therefore
knew that the Claimant had been given
no time for reflection or consultation but
had had the choice of resignation imposed
swiftly upon her," the pre-action protocol
letter to Carmona stated.
Carmona knew Ayers-Caesar's resigna-
tion letter was "obtained by unconstitu-
tional action and duress, and for that reason
he cannot rely upon it or seek to uphold in
on the basis (if such basis could exist) that
he was unaware of the wrongdoing which
brought it about"
, the letter stated.
Ayers-Caesar is now contending that
since her "purported resignation was given
as a result of unconstitutional action and
duress, it was null and void, or at least, she
was and is entitled to revoke it"
The pre-action protocol letters said the
breaches that have taken place now allows
Ayers-Caesar "to redress at common law
or under Section 14 of the Constitution,
including compensation for loss of office
and the benefits that go with it (if she is
"Further, the failure to treat (Ayers-Cae-
sar) fairly or in accordance with the princi-
ples of natural justice has caused her in ad-
dition great distress and loss of reputation,
because it resulted in both the two media
releases of 27th April 2017 and in the further
media release of 9th May, 2017, which lat-
ter release made further allegations/charges
against her," the letter stated.
Archie issued a statement on April 27, the
day Ayers-Caesar resigned, while the JLSC
issued another on May 9.
"The result is that she has been publicly
condemned in respect of a raft of allega-
tions/charges which she was never given
an opportunity to defend, and has lost her
high reputation which was gained over many
years of unblemished service as a Magistrate
and Chief Magistrate," it stated.
Calls and text messages to Carmona and
Archie were not answered.
'Carmona participated in JLSC's action'
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