Princes Town MP, Barry Padarath is calling on Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Daryl Smith to clear the air on information making its way into the public domain as it relates to allegations, that the Ministry of Sport used tax payers funds to settle a claim of sexual harassment made by a former Personal Secretary of the Minister against a high ranking Ministry official.
Padarath stated that Media reports, together with what appears to be Ministry documents circulated on social media, allege that over $150,000.00 tax payers’ dollars was paid out to the Minister’s personal secretary under the guise of Trade of Dispute.
The Princes Town MP is calling on Smith to say whether it is true that public funds were used to settle allegations of sexual harassment, who is the Ministry official at the Centre of the allegation and does the Minister and government believe that it is right and just for state companies and Ministries to be protected by non-disclosure agreements while public funds are used to settle claims.
Padarath says that this is another addition to a string of scandals to rock the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs under Smith. He says Smith must answer the questions raised in the public interest as it relates to expenditure used to cover up alleged wrong doing.