UNC calls it corrupted justice to appoint Sahadeo as a member of Tax appeal board

According to the opposition party - UNC, a former PNM minister - Christine Sahadeo, cannot be appointed as a Member of the Tax Appeal Board. The appointment was confirmed by the Cabinet note.

Trinidad and Tobago: According to the opposition party – UNC, a former PNM minister – Christine Sahadeo, cannot be appointed as a Member of the Tax Appeal Board. The appointment was confirmed by the Cabinet note.

UNC states while the nation is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the government has used it as a distraction to appoint Sahadeo, which is nothing less than the corruption of T&T’s justice system.

Kamla Bissesar had already once asked the ruling party to cease this appointment. On this, UNC asserted, “Of course, the Government ignored the Opposition, acting dictatorially and unethically.”

In the point of view of the opposition party of Trinidad and Tobago, PNM appoints Sahadeo as a member of the Tax Appeal Board to push its agenda. A political person should never be given the power to exercise judicial functions in our country.

UNC added to the statement and cited, “Rowley and Imbert are hell-bent on bringing the unpopular Revenue Authority and the Property Tax. Sahadeo has never practised as an Attorney and is not familiar with Court or judicial procedures. She is purely a political appointment. She had a very controversial tenure as Chair of the Port Authority and was a political appointee as Chair of the National Flour Mills, Interisland Transportation Company, and the Port of Port of Spain.”

In addition, UNC also have information that Sahadeo allegedly intends to keep her Full-Time position as Senior Lecturer at the UWI as well, picking two salaries, which is contrary to regulations and further asked for clarification on this matter.

“This type of PNM corruption occurs regularly in the Public Service. For example, one senior official in the judiciary receives three salaries, fully tax-free, and works abroad during Court time,”- UNC.

Following the statement, UNC cited, “The PNM has designed the system so that the opposition has little or no power to correct these abuses of the system. Will Christine Sahadeo be another such beneficiary of this widespread PNM corruption? Can she be trusted to be independent in such a circumstance, as a member hearing judicial appeals must be?.”

UNC concluded by saying that as the country is fighting with the COVID-19 crisis, PNM should not take this as an opportunity to corrupt T&T’s independent institutions, especially concerning justice and simultaneously calls on the entire national community to condemn this appointment and for the Cabinet to reverse its decision with immediate effect.