BY SASCHA WILSON
TWO senior officials from the Ministry of Local Government
are now being investigated by the Public Service Commission
on allegations of corruption and misappropriation of State
funds from the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation.
The investigation was launched two years after the allegations
surfaced against the two officials.
The allegations were raised by Councillor Shaffimoon Taj
who also called on the Integrity Commission to launch a
She has accused the officials of corruption and nepotism.
She also complained that she was being victimised, but was
determined not to be silenced.
The two officials have been being accused of swindling thousands
of dollars through projects under the Infrastructure Renewal
and Development Programme.
One of the officials was also accused of using materials
and labour from the corporation to build a house.
The two were also accused of awarding contracts to people
close to them.
By letter dated April 29 to Taj, acting permanent secretary
in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joan Mendez, said she
was appointed by the PSA to investigate the allegations.
Mendez has requested written statements from the two officials
within seven days.
Attached to Mendezs letter was a list of the allegations