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Watson Duke takes the oath of office during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Tobago House of Assembly at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort in Tobago yesterday.

For the first time in Tobago House of Assembly history, the Deputy Chief Secretary will not be given a Division to run.  

Farley Augustine said instead, Watson Duke will “just be Deputy Chief Secretary.” 

That makes it a stand alone position. Augustine said give Mr Duke’s PSA commitments he does not want to take the risk of possible conflicts of interest  

“Imagine a public servant falling out with Secretary Duke, will they go to their union where Mr Duke is the President?”  

Augustine said Mr Duke has been given the task on keeping the conversation of Tobago Autonomy alive in Trinidad. And will be setting up what can be seen as a Tobago Embassy in Trinidad.  

However the THA Chief announced that Duke is working on severing ties with the PSA however it will take some time as the union head wants to ensure that the PSA’s business does not fall apart because of his sudden exit.  

Augustine was asked what happens when he travels abroad and Mr Duke may have to assume the temporary post of Chief Secretary. However Augustine said he is sure that by the time he is ready for his first oversees trip, Mr Duke will not be with the PSA. 

Duke was not present at today’s function. Augustine said the Deputy Chief Secretary is feeling unwell and has not yet been tested for COVID-19. Augustine himself said he too had some issues with his throat however he tested negative on Tuesday.