Thwaites to request update to questions tabled regarding CMU

Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites says he intends to request an update to questions he tabled last month in relation to the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), which is mired in controversy.
The questions were tabled on May 7 to be answered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on May 28.
Among the questions are whether persons employed to former Minister of Education Ruel Reid were paid by the CMU and whether any of the vehicles or properties of the university or the HEART Trust/NTA were made available, without cost, to Mr. Reid, other than for his official duties as Minister.
The Prime Minister will also have to state whether any member of Mr. Reid's family has been employed to the CMU or any agency of the Ministry of Education; whether a credit card, paid with government funds, was issued to Mr. Reid; the limit on the card, and whether it is the focus of an audit or police investigation.
Mr. Thwaites also wants answers on whether a domestic helper employed to Mr. Reid recently attempted to encash a cheque for $4 million in suspicious circumstances.
Mr. Thwaites has also questioned whether the Ministry of Education or its agencies contracted the CMU or any affiliated agency to construct school infrastructure.
He has asked for an itemisation of the tendering and procurement procedures.

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