Kaieteur News of Sunday September 3, 2006 states…
Major changes in new Cabinet
There will be a major change in the new Cabinet with at least four prominent former Ministers making way for new faces. Insiders say that former Ministers in the Social Services Ministry, Dr Dale Bisnauth andAttorney-at-Law Bibi Shadick are to be replaced. Also to be replaced are former Finance Minister Sasenarain Kowlessar, former Attorney General Doodnauth Singh,and Sports Minister Anthony Xavier.
Mr Doodnauth Singh is demitting office for reasons of health as would be former Agriculture Minister ReepuDaman Persaud. The insider did not disclose who would replace the outgoing former Ministers but he promised surprises.
He said that former Home Affairs Minister GailTeixeira is also likely to be removed and assigned adiplomatic posting. To date, the only person named to the Cabinet is Carolyn Rodrigues who has been re-confirmed as Minister for Amerindian Affairs.
Some of the names mentioned to replace some of the outgoing were Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram and businessman Gerry Gouveia. But sources close to these men say that Ram refused the offer of the post of Finance Minister while Gouveia declined any Cabinet offer on the grounds of his business interests. The government has until Thursday to name its Cabinet and the other members of Parliament since on that day the new Parliament is supposed to be convened.
A source close to Public Buildings said that the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs is standing by to swear in the Speaker, who is likely to be attorney-at-law Hari Ralph Ramkarran. Ramkarran was the speaker when Parliament was dissolved on May 3, last.
The other Members of Parliament are likely to be sworn en bloc before President Bharrat Jagdeo addresses the inaugural sitting. Parliament exists whenever the President is present. In the absence of the President the body is theNational Assembly, commonly called the House.
Guyana360: To all those Ministers that will be kickedout of Government, we say GOOD RIDDANCE!!! Who are the new faces? We anticipate, Robert Persaud as the head of a re-instituted Ministry of Information. MosesNagamotoo, who recently returned to the PPP/C fold is a force to be recon with, but where will they place him. Heard Steve Ninvalle is likely to pick up as the Sports Minister…Not bad at all but we just hope that the same gratitude extended to Ninvalle for joining,will not be bestowed on Natasha Waldron…Poor choice to begin with as a Candidate on any party list. We know that she might be given a Permanent Secretary posting. If she is back at NCN after the Cabinet announcement, it should snap her back to reality, that she will onlybe an anchor and assistant editor doing the Government’s bidding.
Sweet gal, but she is a bit screwed-up in some areas.