BREAKING NEWS: Prime Minister Fires Mary King
UPDATE: MAY 10, 2011
The 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 Mary King was revoked, today, 10th May, 2010 by the President, His Excellency George Maxwell Richards on advice of the Prime Minister.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.
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.
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.
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.