Former PNM MP for Port of Spain South Marlene McDonald, has died.
She was 63.
McDonald had been il for sometime, and reportedly passed away this morning.
McDonald was Port of Spain South MP from November 8, 2007 to August 9, 2020.
In government, she held the ministerial portfolios of culture, community development, housing, public utilities and public administration.
Her political career was tarnished during the period 2016 to 2019, in relation to donations to a foundation headed by her partner; charges of fraud, money laundering and misbehaviour in public office; and the late Sea Lots community leader/businessman Cedric “Burkie” Burke attending one of her swearing-in ceremonies at the Office of the President.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, in a social media post, wrote: “Today the People’s National Movement received the sad news of the passing of a servant and a dedicated colleague, Ms Marlene McDonald. She was a dedicated fighter who devoted much of her adult life to the service of others.
We mourn her loss as we extend our deepest condolences to her family.
From all her colleagues and the PNM family, may she Rest in Peace.”
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar stated, “I am very saddened by her passing. Last we spoke she indicated she was doing well. We were very good friends and I will miss her. She carried the PNM in opposition 2010 to 2015 as chief whip. She was a fighter for the poor. She never stopped fighting for the people in her constituency. She was also a very uplifting person who was very nice to be around. I loved her very much. I will miss her dearly. She was a wonderful friend.”