Former public servant Oliver Joseph has replaced the disgraced Gabriel Henry as the Caretaker in St. David’s for the main opposition New National Party (NNP) for the upcoming General Elections.
Joseph, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be officially presented to the public on Sunday during a public rally at the Belle Vue Playing Field in St David’s.
The NNP of former Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell was forced to look for an immediate replacement after Henry was charged by Police for an incident that occurred on Old Year’s night in which he alleged used a cutlass to deliver some telling blows on his female companion.
The political activist was officially charged by Police in St. David’s with the offence of Assault with a dangerous instrument, to wit: a cutlass.
Henry was charged under the recently amended Criminal Code which saw the doubling in penalty from five to ten years for the offence under which he was apprehended.
He was not charged under the Domestic Violence Act that was passed last year in Parliament as earlier reported in the local media. He was placed on $6,000.00 bail with two sureties.
Henry made his first court appearance on Monday at the St David’s Magistrate’s Court amidst reports that his female companion was not willing to pursue the matter against him.
In the face of arguments and counter-arguments between lawyers and Police Prosecutors, the sitting Magistrate, Teddy St. Louis adjourned the matter until today (Friday).
Attorney-at-Law Derek Sylvester has been retained to represent Henry while Anselm Clouden is looking after the interest of the complainant.
In a release issued Monday by NNP, it said that Joseph was unanimously nominated as the new Caretaker for St David’s.
“The nomination has been formally accepted by the Executive Branch of the New National Party”, the release said.
Joseph joined the Grenada Public Service in 1982 and served in various positions including Director of Trade and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
He also served as an executive member of the Grenada Public Workers’ Union for over ten years.
In 2001, he was named Grenada’s Focal Point for the implementation of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).
He also served on the Intergovernmental Task Force that revised the Treaty of Chaguaramas to allow for the establishment of the CSME.
In January 2009 he was assigned to the Ministry of Finance to establish the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Implementation Unit.
In November 2009, he was seconded by the Government of Grenada to CARICAD as the new CSME Coordinator.
He left the island amidst a cloud of allegations involving a student at the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) on an overseas assignment.
Joseph holds a BSc. degree in Economics and Management, a Diploma in Trade Policy and a Master’s Degree in International Trade.