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Anil RobertsMinister of Sport and Youth Affairs Anil Roberts has resigned.

Speaking at the post Cabinet media conference at 4.45 p.m., Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that she has accepted Roberts’ resignation, in the wake of several allegations of corruption arising from the Life Sport programme.

Roberts remains Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/O’Meara.

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The Following is Persad-Bissessar’s full statement:


I continue to be disillusioned, disappointed and distressed by the level of deception and dishonesty associated with the well intentioned LifeSport programme.

The background is well known. At the hint of corrupt practices I immediately ordered that the initiative be switched to the Ministry of National Security and instructed an independent audit be conducted.

After the findings of this audit were made available, I instructed that the report be sent to the Acting of Commissioner of Police, the Integrity Commission, the Head of the Public of the Service and the DPP for consideration.

But even as we await the finding of these independent institutions on the matter, the usual duties of the Minister of Sport are being burdened with the mounting controversy and questions surrounding the LifeSport programme.

I have allowed due process to occur, I have demonstrated patient allowance for all sides of the story to be heard through an independent audit.

I have given careful consideration to the rapidly emerging issues and have resisted quick judgment and rash decision.

The election of this government has changed the political landscape. The expectation of the public that something will be done when wrongs are committed in public office are now the hallmarks of good governance.

Consequently, I have decided to accept the offer of resignation as Minister of Sport from Mr Anil Roberts.

Further I have advised His Excellency, the Acting President of Trinidad and Tobago, Timothy Hamel-Smith that with effect from today Thursday July 31st 2014 in accordance with the provisions of section 3 (9) and 79 (1) of the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago that the appointment of Anil Roberts as Minister of Sport be revoked and that Dr Rupert Griffith be assigned the responsibility for Ministry of Sport in addition to his present duties as the Minister of Science and Technology.

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    To: Honourable Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,

    I write to you today with a heavy heart to inform you of my desire to resign as Minister of Sport and as Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/ O’Meara with immediate effect, based on the inexplicable public furore that continued unabated based on misinformation in the public domain.

    It is quite unfortunate that I’m forced into this position because I don’t want to have a negative impact upon my team, the People’s Partnership Government.

    Having done absolutely no wrong whatsoever, having not been mentioned not even once in a flawed Central Audit Report, in which the Auditors at the Ministry of FINANCE deviated from the Audit norms, by not allowing the relevant departments in question to respond to their findings and thus allowing to enter into the public domain an erroneous report.

    However, I fully accept that politics has a morality of its own and that the truth is not always sought.

    Finally, the claims by so called scribes that the Westminster system dictates my resignation, couldn’t be further from the truth for the Westminster system posits that a Minister’s resignation is unwarranted when departments under his portfolio over which he exerts no direct control nor Ministerial authority operate ultra vires to good cooperate governance practices. That being so, I acknowledge the unjustified political pressure being placed upon your good self and your Government. Consequently, I offer you my resignation with immediate effect from all portfolios to allow your Government the freedom to serve the people without hindrance.

    I must say, that I am proud of my performance over the past four years as Minister of Sport and Member of Parliament.

    I do believe I have served the people of my constituency and my beloved country to the best of my ability.

    May God bless you and your Government in the future.

    Yours truly

    Anil Roberts

    Minister of Sport

    Member of Parliament for D’Abadie / O’meara?

  2. Life Sport became a feeding trough for criminals. Imagine paying $34 million with nothing to show and the person saying “I eh do nuttin wrong, so ah not returning the money that I did not work for”. That was the way the PNM operated in TnT. Toruba is a monumental example along with so many other PNM projects that ran like a bullet train over budget and not completed. No one was held to account to this day. Ultimately the Prime Minister took responsibility over her cabinet minister and let him go. Curiously he said his name was not mentioned in the audit. Was he not in charge? Did he not overseer the project. I see Suruj going and looking over the highway, Monilal entering the houses to see work done, Griffith visiting the “hotspots”, Devant going out on site to look at Agro produce, Stacy going and looking to ensure things are being completed on time. You can’t depend on government employees to overseer anything.

  3. After mounting calls Anil quits

    Anil: PM buckled under pressure
    Sport Minister Anil Roberts says he was forced to resign from the People’s Partnership Government due to mounting pressure from the public, the Opposition and even his own Cabinet colleagues. Some of his own Cabinet colleagues were against him, he said.

    Al-Rawi: He should have been fired
    Anil Roberts should have been fired rather than having to resign. This was the collective cry of the PNM and trade union leaders following the announcement by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar that she had accepted Roberts’ resignation.

  4. It amassing how whenever these people make a mess they try to use PNM as their Toilet paper. PP have failed and failed miserably, the whole team should resign

  5. Only problem is that there is another incompetent group led by Dr. Growley waiting to take over.
    Remember the present group (PP) took over after a convincing victory from one of the most incompetent and corrupt regimes in T&T history.

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