CMU must facilitate the probe

Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I am growing increasingly disappointed in Dr Fritz Pinnock, president of Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

We have now read media reports that CMU has hired an attorney to block the Financial Investigations Department (FID) from proceeding with court orders to obtain documents related to corruption allegations as they continue to probe incidents involving former Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid.

I wonder who is paying for these lawyers? Where is the Government on this?

We saw some of this resistance in the answers provided by Dr Pinnock to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) when questioned about transactions and events at the CMU. If there is nothing to hide, why attempt to block the probe?

This is a publicly funded organisation.

This is disturbing on many levels.

Considering all the good Pinnock has done for the CMU I'm am hoping he facilitates the authority to review what happened.

He delayed in admitting that CMU contributed to the yacht party and still consider his statements vague about the hiring of a special advisor for $5-million annual salary.

The FID should be given enhanced powers to do its job effectively and in a more timely manner.

P Chin

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