The public needs to know if Princes Town MP Barry Padarath has misrepresented the Parliament's position and the Clark of the House by misleading the public into believing he can simply payback the $10,000.00 monthly salaries paid to his relative. He has breached the Parliamentary code and the Integrity in Public Life Act as a result by hiring his relative to work in his constituency office.
Mr Padarath is quoted as saying “I also contacted the Clerk of the House on the matter and informed the Parliament I’ll be returning the salary which was paid to the person each month, so the total I’m repaying is about $60,000,”
There is no law abiding society that allows offenders to independently determine their own judgement. Barry Padarath did not enquire of the Clerk but 'informed' the Parliament that he 'will' give them back the money and said 'I am repaying'.
MP Padarath has to come clean on this ridiculous offer to pay back the $60,000.00 as he claims and not mislead the population into thinking the Clerk of the House accepted the offer and his breach is resolved.
If this offer was accepted then the question would then be asked, was this option offered to others?
It must be noted that such codes establish the guidelines for matters of integrity in the public's interest.
MP Padarath seems to totally miss the principle involved and seeks to trivialize the issue.
MP Padarath's political leader has also refused to take a stand on his breach of the parliamentary code since Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar herself leads from in front. Mrs Persad-Bissessar is pleading ignorance and refuses to take action regarding her own breach of the code by having not one but two relatives employed at her constituency office.
MP Barry Padarath come forward, clear up your statement as it is misleading and involves the Clerk of the House and the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Peoples National Movement