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Former Prime Minister, Patrick Manning

Former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for San Fernando East, Patrick Manning in response to the opposition allegedly that in the past he employed members of his family in his constituency office said he has done no such thing.

Responding to the allegations via his Facebook account, Manning said in his 44 years as a Parliamentarian he has never employed a family member or relative, whether they were paid or not paid.

He went on to say he that he always encouraged individuals at PNM Constituency offices to have good working knowledge of the needs of the grassroots citizens and every inch of the San Fernando East constituency, during his tenure.

In closing the former Prime Minister pointed to those who may be guilty of hiring family members and said such persons are unworthy of staying in Public Office.

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Former Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West, Jack Warner

Meanwhile…. Former Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West, Jack Austin Warner has said he also has never employed any member of family or spouse within his constituency office and strongly agrees with Mr. Manning that person who has done such should demit office immediately.

When asked if it’s against the law or in the constitution that Parliamentarians are not allowed to employ close relatives, Warner said with the introduction of the Integrity in Public Life law persons are prohibited from doing so.

Former Member of Parliament for Chaguanas West, Jack Austin Warner