By Sue-Ann Wayow
July 22, 2015 – trinidadexpress.com
FORMER Minister of Justice Herbert Volney who was fired in September 2012 by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for his role in the Section 34 fiasco, was hired several months ago by the Ministry of Health as a legal consultant.
Volney was working for a monthly salary of between $25,000 and $30,000.
The Sunshine newspaper first reported on Volney’s new position, and gave his monthly remuneration as $30,000.
Volney and Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan confirmed the report yesterday.
Khan said that Volney was receiving a monthly salary of $25,000 to $30,000, which was the normal fee for a consultant.
Contacted on social media, Volney told the Express: “I have completed a short term consultancy with the Ministry of Health.”
When asked when his contracted term would have been completed, Volney replied: “Officials at the Health Ministry can confirm this information.”
He said he was asked by the ministry to assist in legal matters.
Asked whether the job had anything to do with his recent open suppoort for the UNC, Volney said: “I can’t say that. The Ministry of Health needed a consultant for its legislative agenda and I was recruited on a short term contractual basis that has now ended. I saw it as an opportunity to step out of retirement as a prelude to possible service in the next term of this government. “I was brought in on a short term consultancy to assist the Ministry with proposed legislation”.
In a text response for comment on the Volney hiring, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley wrote: “Consultant in the Ministry of Health? Naked high class eat ah food”.
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