The long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle announced Tuesday night by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell saw the removal of Senator Sheldon Scott from government and his replacement being former school principal, Pamela Moses.
The introduction of Moses was not unexpected as her name has been floated around for over a year as the candidate in waiting to contest the rural St. Patrick East seat instead of the incumbent, Clifton Paul.
The Cabinet reshuffle had no place in the line-up of the ruling New National Party (NNP) government for former Congress Foreign Affairs Minister Peter David who is now operating as a Government Senator in the Upper House.
David, who holds the post of Assistant General Secretary of NNP, has his eyes set on the Town of St. George constituency now held by Health Minister, Nicholas Steele.
Apart from the removal of Scott, one of the biggest casualities was Youth and Sports Minister Emmalin Pierre (St. Andrew South-east) who has been relegated to a post of Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The changes in the ministerial portfolios that will take place effective on July 1st, 2016 was outlined by PM Mitchell in the following manner:
”Firstly, there will be a new senator Mrs. Pamela Moses, a former principal of the St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School, who has given years of community service to the people of St. Patrick’s, St. Andrew’s and surrounding areas, will now enter the Upper Chamber of the House of Parliament, as a replacement to Senator Sheldon Scott.
Senator Scott has given three and a half years of dynamic service and has proven himself competent in the area of articulating Government’s policy positions. He will now be engaged full time with, and paid by the New National Party in the areas of public relations and organisation.
Incoming Senator Moses will also be appointed the Parliamentary Secretary with specific responsibility for Youth and Religious Affairs, in the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Religious Affairs, which will now be headed by Honourable Roland Bhola.
Minister Bhola, one of the most experienced members of our team, is taking over the Sports Ministry from the Minister who has served in that capacity for a number of years.
The new Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment will be Honourable Yolande Bain Horsford. In this new thrust, she will be supported by another Minister and a Minister of State. Honourable Alvin Dabreo will continue as a Minister within that Ministry, with specific responsibility for Forestry and Fisheries.
Honourable Simon Stiell will be the Minister of State with specific responsibility for the Environment.
Senator Stiell will also continue as Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, with specific responsibility for Human Resource Development.
The Minister of Education, Honourable Anthony Boatswain, remains unchanged.
Also, as of July 1st, the present Minister of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs, Honourable Emmalin Pierre, who has long served in that area with energy and compassion, will be one of three Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Ministry. She will bring that dynamism to her new area as the Minister of Implementation.
Two other critical areas for economic growth are the Citizenship by Investment Programme and the Waste Management programme.
Honourable Alexandra Otway-Noel, who, over the last few months, has ably served those departments, will now be the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Ministry with special responsibility for Waste Management and the Promotion of the Citzenship by Investment Programme.
Also, under my Ministry will be Minister of State, Senator the Honourable Winston Garraway, who will be responsible for Disaster Management and Information.
Honourable Nickolas Steele, someone with proven business acumen, who is now the Minister for Health and Social Security will have additional responsibility for International Business.
Honourable Oliver Joseph, the Minister for Economic Development, Trade, and Planning, who has had an exemplary public service career, inclusive of labour relations experience and trade unionism, will now have the Ministry of Labour added to his portfolio.
Our stalwart Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Elvin Nimrod, the Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs and Legal Affairs will also now be the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Honourable Clarice Modeste-Curwen, now Minister for Foreign Affairs, is being asked to steer the ship as the new Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Culture and Cooperatives, with specific responsibility for Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Senator Brenda Hood will continue as the Minister in that Ministry, with special responsibility for Culture and Cooperatives.