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Nov 1, 2017

Elvin Penner, You’re On Your Own!

Elvin Penner

Back to the senate hearings…Former minister Elvin Penner was appointed back in 2012 to join Godwin Hulse in the immigration ministry and was assigned direct responsibility for the Immigration Department.  Hulse testified today that with the heavy workload of portfolios assigned to him at that time by the Prime Minister, he left Penner to do most of the day-to-day heavy lifting. According to Hulse, he did not know of any direct wrongdoing by Penner except in the case of Won Hong Kim, for which he was summarily dismissed in October of 2013. And while that dismissal was in Hulse’s view well-deserved, any other sins would not be visited on the substantive Minister himself.

 

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“Going back to the days of Minister Penner and yourself, what was the working relationship between yourself and Minister Penner in the Ministry?”

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality

“Similar to what exists now with Minister [Beverly] Williams.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“What are the details? Did he report to you on a weekly basis? How did you monitor what he was doing? How do you know what functions he was performing and whether he was performing them lawfully?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“Basically those reports come at Cabinet time as you know, when ministers get up and raise issues or discuss what happens or significant issues that happen within the departments they manage; that is the sort of relationship we have had and continue to have, so it’s not like they sat with me every day or once a week to go through A, B, C and D.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“That’s what I wanted to find out. So there was no organized system in the ministry, whether it be weekly or monthly, meetings with you and Minister Penner for him to report to you and say minister, there were ten nationalities and visas and whatever he was doing…”

 

Godwin Hulse

“No, no.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“So insofar as any irregularity was carried on while Minister Penner was there, as far as you are concerned, if he is involved, that is on him?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“To the extent that he was the functional minister, yes.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“And you would bear no responsibility as far as you are concerned, even though you were the substantive minister?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“In the sense of knowing that that happened and so, I would not and could not. And so no; overall as the constitutional minister, the responsibility will shine on me. And that is why when I discovered this issue, I went forthwith to the Prime Minister and I mean forthwith, and said he will no longer be in the ministry if I am to continue being this minister, and I want him removed.”

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1 Response for “Elvin Penner, You’re On Your Own!”

  1. Con Goes On says:

    Penner is a sleaze working for Hulse and Barrow. He do what he told.

    If you believe some junior upstart from Cayo has the global sales and marketing connections, that this boy is the mastermind, then you should send me $10000 and I will give you title to Belmopan and Altun Ha.

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