Conflict of Interest in Award of Contract to Minister King’s Family Firm?

BREAKING NEWS: Prime Minister Fires Mary King

UPDATE: MAY 10, 2011

Minister Mary KingThe appointment of Minister and Senator Mrs. Mary King was revoked, today, 10th May, 2010 by the President, His Excellency George Maxwell Richards on advice of the Prime Minister. Mrs. King held the portfolio of Senator and Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs from May 28th, 2010.

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MAY 08, 2011

Minister’s family firm awarded Govt contract, but King says all was above board

By Camini Marajh
May 8, 2011 – trinidadexpress.com

Questions have been raised as to whether Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs Minister Mary King breached the law when she failed to disclose her pecuniary and family interest in a software engineering company, Ixanos Ltd, which won a Government website development contract from her ministry last November.

Minister King, an economist and a former independent senator, is the corporate secretary on record and a joint shareholder with husband Dr St Clair King of Ixanos, which is Greek for excellence.

Full Article : trinidadexpress.com

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STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER THE HONOURABLE KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR

8 May, 2011

Media reports published today, attributed to Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs, Mary King, which state that I as Prime Minister had been informed of the whole tendering process on the Government website development contract, are entirely and categorically erroneous.

The matter was brought to my attention recently after the process had been completed and I made it clear that, on the basis of the information provided me, it was highly inappropriate.

At this time I am awaiting a report on the matter so that I may be better informed to make a decision which ensures that the integrity of the Government remains intact.

Until that time I wish to make no further comment on the issue.

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May 09, 2011

PM denies knowledge of King’s family ties to preferred bidder
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday denied knowledge of family ties between Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs Minister Mary King and the software engineering company which won a Government website development contract last November.

PM: It is highly inappropriate
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yesterday that it was “highly inappropriate” for a government contract to be awarded to a firm of which Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs Minister, Mary King, is reportedly a partner.

PM: I did not know about contract

10 Responses to “Conflict of Interest in Award of Contract to Minister King’s Family Firm?”


  • BREAKING NEWS: The Express have pulled the blog on Mary Quite Contrary.

  • There is nothing wrong with the contract itself. It is just that there is a conflict of interest, in that the person awarding the contract have a vest interest in the company. Therefore, anyone else would not stand a chance of getting that contract. The PNM was famous for having done this type of thing, it was wrong then and it is wrong now…

  • Mary King is brazen, UNETHICAL and SHAMELESS!!! To make matters worst she pretended to be Ms. Squeaky Clean before she got into politics always critical of practically everything and now she does this? So, she thinks we are STUPID? She should be FIRED immediately!

  • More White Collar corruption in TNT.

  • Don’t worry Curtis, your White Canadian Commissioner , and his White British Scotland Yard blokes ,will take care of all your country’s white color criminals, irrespective of race , color ,enclave of origin, gender, or political affiliations. What a sick joke , if this is the change we should be expected to believe in, ehhh folks?

  • Well its about time,what is in the dark has now come to light, she should be fired with immediate effect.People seem to feel that Trinis are eliterate.

  • Very greedy, you want all for yourselves. Eat little and live long. Very corrupted. Shame on you you educated woman. You did nothing for the country. You disgraced your country, yourself and your family. Good riddance.

  • PM: Mary King?
    MK: yeas boss
    PM: You’re fired
    MK:…but it was above board
    PM: YES…BUT NOT WHEN YOU ARE THE BOARD!

  • Greetings and CONGRATULATIONS! PRIME MINISTER THE HONOURABLE KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR…
    Pssst! T&T is way ahead of US of A (lol)
    You made the right decision and I am VERY PROUD of you – Mrs. King wants your party to collapse. Maybe!!!
    (1). Very selfish – Mrs. King must know that at her position a maximum level of transparency is imperative – The appearance of fairness
    (2). Deceptive – The fact that she did not mention her affiliation could lead one to conclude that her motive is not in the best interest of all your party – All gov’t contracts touch on ‘conflict’.
    May God give you grace to guide and protect you and your family from all dangers!

  • On the business of staying at the GOPAUL’S RESIDENCE. i DO NOT FAULT mS. bISSESSAR UP TO THE ELCTION NIGHT. tHE NEXT DAY, AS PRIME MINISTER ELECT, SHE SHOULD HAV SEEN IT AS APPROPRIATE TO MOVE TO A HOTEL. oR LEASE HER PART OF THEIR HOUSE.

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