After a boisterous and belligerent refusal to budge from his cabinet chair, Anil Roberts is now stating that he will make no further comments on calls for his resignation over the LifeSport controversy but insists he will continue to work in the ministry until proven guilty.
Roberts said he was being asked to resign because of the actions of others.
He placed the blame for any discrepancies in his ministry on officers with direct oversight and accounting responsibility.
He added that he has full confidence in the majority of staff at his ministry and will not let the actions of a “selfish few” impair his judgment.
He says he will allow the Office of the Attorney General, the Integrity Commission and the head of the Public Service to do their own investigations and determine the next steps.
He said he is greatly disappointed that the LifeSport programme, which he conceptualised to help marginalised youth, has been so carelessly exploited and abused by a few for personal gain.
Roberts said he had already made it clear he did not have oversight of contract awards, tendering procurement or the payment processes, which were under the purview of various officers of the Ministry of Sports.
He said calls for his resignation come without a clear understanding of the working and reporting relationships in state agencies.