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‘I am still a minister’
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
“I am a still a minister.” Despite
being stripped of his portfolio as
Minister of Public Utilities, Fitzger-
ald Hinds said he still has full min-
He was reassigned to minister in
the Ministry of the Attorney General
and Legal Affairs on Wednesday night
after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
reshuffled his Cabinet.
Speaking to the Sunday Guardian
yesterday, Hinds said there was no
pay cut as he was still “a full Cabinet
“I get the same pay. I am just working
in a different quarter. I have the same
responsibility to the Prime Minister.”
Cabinet ministers receive a $41,000
Hinds said he had a private discus-
sion with the PM about two months ago
and volunteered to move; a decision he
was happy about since he believed there
was a lot of legal work to be done. Hinds
is an attorney and was called to the Bar
in England in 1991, then returned to
T&T and became a practising attorney
On his new portfolio, he said: “I am
a full minister but I am working along-
side the attorney general and alongside
Minister Stuart Young because we have
legal work to do.
“We have to deal with the criminal
justice system, we have to deal with a
whole lot of constitutional issues and
we have to deal with justice, generally.
“We have somethings that require
investigation and attention and that
will be done.”
He added that the country needed
hard and genuine work.
“This country is full of a lot of talk
but talk don’t fix nothing. We have a
lot of problems in this country.”
•Hinds was appointed Minister of
Works and Transport on September 11,
2015, and served until October 30, 2016.
• He was then appointed Minister of
Public Utilities and served until June
28, this year.
• Under the Patrick Manning admin-
istration, he was a minister of State in
the Ministry of Public Administration
and Information from December 28,
2001 to October 9, 2002 then minis-
ter of State in the Ministry of National
Security and in the Ministry of Trade
and Industry from June 1, 2004 to No-
vember 7, 2007. He said he had initial-
ly refused the position of minister in
the Ministry of National Security but
shortly after accepted.
A woman walking up the
street said she had once
approached Hinds for a
house but he questioned her
weave and her “big phone.”
...“They had a right to
demote he long time.”
Defending himself yesterday, Hinds said
any claim that he has not been seen was
He said: “All my parliamentary col-
leagues acknowledged up to yesterday
(Friday) that if there was one Member of
Parliament who has been very busy since
we have been elected is me. I have been
very, very active and busy.”
He went on to give a detailed account of
some of the work carried out since 2015.
Among them—road paving, drainage
work, training seminars, school competi-
tions, football competitions, career day,
repair of a 23-year-old leaking 18’’ main,
self-help projects, walkabouts, and imple-
mentation of a postal service.
Hinds said: “Any suggestion that I have
not been seen or active in my constituency
He said the 40 people (interviewed) out
of 65,000 was a joke.
“That is a minuscule sample.”
He said of all the 41 constituencies there
was none where constituencies will say
they were happy with their MP.
He said every Tuesday he meets close
to 40 people, sometimes up to 3 am.
HINDS: IT’S PREPOSTEROUS, ABSURD
...I get the same pay
MP doesn’t deliver
The man replied: “I am
70 years and PNM only
winning here through we
A man called Bunny
said when he was young-
er his parents told him he
had to vote PNM.
“I remember when I
used to go an vote and
my mother and father
used to tell me—Aye!
A woman walking up
the street said she had
once approached Hinds
for a house but he ques-
tioned her weave and her
“ big phone.”
She said: “I did not got
to him for that. I went to
see about my place.
“I took pictures of my
place but when he come
in front my door to ask
about the vote, he didn’t
ask me about the weave
and the big phone. They
had a right to demote he
An irate Lawrence
Thomas, 62, did not
“We must be angry!
Look at the roads. Go
and drive and see where
children have to walk to
go to school.
“Ask the children if
they have a recreation
ground to play or prac-
tice. We don’t even have
a court to play. We can’t
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