PNM Assemblyman bows out of politics

Story by CAMILLE McEACHNIE

The People’s National Movement’s area representative for the Lambeau / Signal Hill, will not return to face the polls in the upcoming Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election, constitutionally due by January 2021.

Jomo Pitt, who is the THA’s Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, announced his impending departure from politics during the 2021 Budget Debate in the Assembly Chamber, on Thursday, June 25.

“When I assumed office as Secretary of Sport and Youth Affairs, one of my announcements was that within my term of office, we will have an indoor facility in Tobago and if we did not, I won’t seek a third term in office… Regrettably, we have now started the project,” Pitt told the Sitting.

Pitt’s contribution was the shortest at the debate.

In 2017, he faced a backlash when he responded to a question from THA Minority Leader Watson Duke, about the ongoing repairs at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, with the statement:

“My response to the question posed—none.”

Pitt, an avid sportsman, began servicing the Lambeau / Signal Hill constituency in 2013, when he replaced William McKenzie.

The Lambeau / Signal Hill constituency is considered a safe seat for the PNM.