The controversial appointment of businessman Brian “BK” Tiwarie as Ministerial Business Development Advisor
was yesterday explained by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, in a statement.
He said that after the General and Regional Elections of 2015, many persons who had indicated their deep interest in assisting the Government and fulfilling its campaign promises, were appointed to various positions.
The Minister said that some of those persons were not interested in formal employment or receiving remuneration, but were willing to contribute.
After some consultation, during which the Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and the Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman gave advice, Harmon said it was agreed that such persons should be appointed as Honorary Ministerial Advisors and that a Certificate entitled “Instrument of Appointment … Ministerial Advisor,” would be issued.
Harmon explained to the media via a statement that over the period October 6, 2015 to February 8, 2016, 34 persons were identified on the recommendation of the Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), the General Secretary of the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the General Secretary of A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) and the Instruments were accordingly issued.
He said that some of these appointments, particularly in the Diaspora, received wide publicity.
“Brian Tiwarie, upon the recommendation of the General Secretary of the APNU, was one such person identified and issued with an instrument,” Harmon added.
But Harmon is the General Secretary of the APNU. He nevertheless said that he was subsequently advised
that President David Granger was not aware of all the appointees, and was not in agreement with Tiwarie’s appointment. It has since been rescinded.
Harmon said that he agreed with the decision of the President and his rationale for rescinding the appointment.
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