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Jun 28, 2017

Minister States Burgess’ Accusations are “Hearsay”

Alvarine Burgess

The Minister characterizes Burgess’ statements as “hearsay” without any basis or foundation. But when questioned about whether Burgess’ testimony is not helpful, he contended that the Committee ought to limit itself to what is verified in the report and not accept the “opinions” of those such as Burgess, but stick to the facts.


Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Human Development

“She is nowhere in that report. And for even myself to be answering or try to reply to hearsay – Mrs. Burgess is not in that report at all; that is why I say I find it to be a circus. Somebody who is not in the report you call; you summon me to come as Minister and then you tell me you not ready for me yet; when in my view, my humble opinion, who was not named in any report, who is not a Minister, who is not a public officer, was summoned before the Senate Select Committee. I find it to be a joke, like a circus.”



“Sir, let me ask you this: as a policy-maker, someone who should be interested in making things better in the country – referring specifically to Ms. Burgess, while she was not named in the report, what she claims happened, happened during the period that the report refers to. Don’t you feel that the public should hear from her and hear what the truth is, so that we enhance operations at the Department, which is one of the objectives of the Senate?”


Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Two things: this Senate Select Committee is required to look on what transpired in the report, not outside the report. Now if you are talking about what transpired between the period 2011 to 2013 and what lays in the report, that is the terms of reference of the Senate Select Committee.”

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