Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry Andrew Marshalleck also spoke on the sale of cattle to the brother of former UDP Minister Rene Montero, Robert Montero. Montero reportedly bought several bulls and heifers just before the general elections for prices way below market value. Marshalleck says that it seems that the ministry’s protocols were breached.
Andrew Marshalleck, Chair, Commission of Inquiry: “It seems to me from what I have seen and it might be unfair because we do intend to bring one more witness, that the rules were not being followed and because certain names appear over and over in purchases and they are so few it seems to me that only select persons were being allowed to buy. The bidding wasn’t in any way competitive. In the period that was indicated I see his name only in October – I think that was October just before the elections I don’t see him otherwise on the list. We are to look into whether or not the processes and procedures were being adhered to that is within the remit of the inquiry. In fact most of what we were asked to do is concerned with that. We were also asked to identify any irregularities or wrongdoing that we discovered in doing that but it’s also an examination of the processes.”