24.1 C
Friday, August 14, 2020
Home News Regional News Curacao: Ex-Minister To Be Prosecuted

Curacao: Ex-Minister To Be Prosecuted

(Daily Herald) WILLEMSTAD–Former Curaçao Minister of Education Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé will be prosecuted for a conflict of interest. She had already stepped down as minister earlier this year when it became known that the Prosecutor’s Office was investigating her.

When she took office as a minister in 2017, the politician allegedly did not distance herself from all functions at foundations and companies as required. A complaint was filed against her last year by Elvis de Andrade.

He said on Tuesday he had been informed by the prosecution about a summons against Alcalá-Wallé. Her lawyer has confirmed that.

The PAR-member was about to be sworn into Parliament to occupy a seat that became vacant following the death of William Millerson. However, she now plans to abandon that plan out of disappointment over the prosecution’s decision and a lack of support from her party.

Instead of Alcalá-Wallé, pharmacist and current chairman of Curaçao’s football association FFK Shaheen Elhage is next in line to take up the empty seat in Parliament. That would also restore majority support for the remaining PAR/MAN cabinet.

Rennox Calmes, the only parliamentarian of the smallest coalition partner PIN, went independent and withdrew his support for Health Minister Suzanne Camelia-Römer, who is also party leader. She will consequently step down as minister this Friday.

As a result, there were currently only 10 MPs left backing the Rhuggenaath cabinet. The opposition has called for a national unity government to be installed until the elections of March 19 next year.

However, Prime Minister and PAR leader Eugene Rhuggenaath does not want to hear about this. He said as soon as Elhage is sworn in, the coalition will again have a majority of 11 seats in the 21-member house, and there will be stability again.

Alcalá-Wallé has been assisted for some time by lawyers Olga Henriquez-Kostrzewski, Hubert “Bertie” Braam and Achim Henriquez. It is not yet known exactly what their client will be charged with.

According to a release by the defence team, “this unpleasantly surprising news came at a time of much political noise. Unfortunately, in all that has happened in recent times, no support has come from the PAR party for Marilyn – not even a phone call to check on her. However, due to the newly created impasse in Parliament, the party was able to appeal for her to join Parliament swiftly and end this impasse.

“After considering everything, especially in view of the fact that Marilyn has not harmed or favoured anyone and has continued to be loyal without appreciating that loyalty, two hard decisions have been made today. The first is that Marilyn declined her seat and paved the way to have someone else appointed. The second decision is that Marilyn has immediately withdrawn her involvement with the political party. In short, Marilyn wishes to have nothing more to do with PAR.

“On behalf of Marilyn, it is emphasised that the aforementioned decisions do not mean the end of her political career, nor that she will stop serving the community outside of politics. In the near future, energy will be put into dealing with the criminal prosecution apparently initiated by the Prosecutor’s Office and finding justice for what has been done to Marilyn.”

Most Popular

Sandals To Pay US$17M For Buccament Resort

(iWitness News) Sandals Resort International is paying about US$17.5 million (about EC$47 million) for the former Buccament Bay Resort as well as additional land...

Ministry of Public Infrastructure Currently Undergoing Steps To Remedy Cayon Water Situation

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): In efforts to rectify the current Cayon water situation, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is currently in the process of...

First Business Boot Camp Completed; Gender Minister Proud of Participants

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS  -- Eleven women and three men, participants in a six-week Business Boot Camp hosted by the Gender Affairs Division on Nevis,...

Barbados PM Nominated To Chair World Bank, IMF Committee

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has been nominated to serve as Development Committee chair for the World Bank and the...

Speaker of National Assembly Congratulates Dr. Joyelle Clarke on Her Appointment as Senator

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Speaker of the National Assembly in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Michael Perkins, congratulated the Honourable Dr. Joyelle Clarke...

USVI Recorded 22 New Coronavirus Cases Thursday

(VI Consortium) Twenty-two new cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the territory by the V.I. Dept. of Health on Thursday, leading to...

Statement from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Regarding the Parvovirus Affecting Puppies on St. Kitts

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -  Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) officials have confirmed more than ten cases in the past week of parvovirus...

TS Josephine Tracking Away From Islands

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Tropical Storm Josephine, the earliest appearance of a "J' named storm since the satellite era began in 1966, is...

Taxi Drivers Discuss Employment, Improved Communication With Tourism Officials

By Kevon Browne St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Taxi drivers are praising the government's handling of COVID-19 but pressing for answers about the revival of...

Severance Fund Empty, But Government Promises To Make Good On Payments

By Kevon Browne St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Social Protection Fund, or Severance Payment Fund, of 1986, set up to protect employees from foreign...


Contact a Program
If you are interested in a program or advertising, send us a message.
Send Message
Signup for our Newsletter
We'll only be in touch when we've something exciting to share.
We never share your details
No thanks