THA to hold special sitting this morning to elect new Deputy Chief Secretary

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THA to hold special sitting this morning to elect new Deputy Chief Secretary

Today the Tobago House of Assembly is scheduled to hold a special sitting to elect a new Deputy Chief Secretary at 10:30am.

Last week former Deputy Chief Secretary, Watson Duke, resigned with immediate effect.

It came following a verbal clash with THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine over matters relating to a cultural group which visited New York.

Mr. Augustine said the group approached the THA for financial help and the assembly gave 400,000 dollars.

However, Mr. Duke claimed the group faced accommodation and other problems during their trip.

In a release the Office of the Chief Secretary advised the public the Executive Council acknowledged the resignation of Mr. Duke and his resignation was forwarded to the Office of the President and Presiding Officer for appropriate action.

The OCS and by extension the THA also publicly thanked Mr. Watson Duke for his service over the past nine months.”

Duke founded the PDP in 2016 and following recent public contention between him and Augustine, he resigned as the THA’s Deputy Chief Secretary last week.

President Paula-Mae Weekes is currently attending Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London, and Senate President Christine Kangaloo is acting in her absence.

Meanwhile, there is some concern over the legitimacy of Duke’s resignation as Deputy Chief Secretary of the THA.

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber and attorney Martin George in a public statement questioned the legality and validity of Duke’s resignation saying that while Duke tendered his resignation to Augustine, to be legally valid, however, the letter should have been presented to the President of the Republic.