Watson Duke defends Kelvin Charles' leadership

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 17:00

Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Minority Leader Watson Duke has come out in defence of Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles' leadership.

Duke was asked to comment on the resignation of the THA's Presiding Officer Dr Denise Tsoiafatt Angus and rumours that she was preparing to fight Charles for his leadership role in the council.

“I think they should be fair and respect the contributions Kelvin Charles made as a Chief Secretary.

The man is pretty young. I don’t know why they trying are to rush him out of office,” Duke said.

Duke described Dr Angus’ resignation as “well-timed” and suggested that she may have ulterior motives.

“The resignation of the Presiding Officer is well-timed to fit in with the PNM internal elections for which it is rumoured she is looking to vie for the position of the political leader,” he said.

He continued: “ It was perfectly timed with the resignation of several other members of staff of the Assembly Legislature, we had the resignation of the Clerk of the House, several cleaners, we even had stenographers, resigning as well.”

He also said the announcement came hours after the Assembly Legislature's Secretariat hosted a retirement function for several staff members.

Duke said if Dr Angus wishes to “take a swing at the wicket” he wished her the best.

 - Loyse Vincent