Former People's Partnership minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie says the $88 Million debt being touted as the reason for staff cuts at the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) is nothing more than a red herring.
Speaking on CNC3's The Morning Brew with host Hema Ramkissoon, Tewarie said if the PNM administration had followed through with plans put in place under his tenure for the development of the Chaguaramas peninsula from 2012 to 2015, the CDA would be in a much better position.
In a release on Tuesday, the CDA announced plans to retrench some 68 employees, saying they only needed 132 employees. The release stated the staff increase to 200 employees was done in 2010 under the PP government.
But Tewarie denied those claims, saying that after the 2015 general election a large number of employees were replaced by PNM party loyalists.
This story will be updated throughout the day.
Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad