Forest Officer Daniel Chi might be dismissed. That is the recommendation sent to the Public Service Commission based on insubordination. Listeners will recall that Chi is the forest officer who reportedly set the phone down on Prime Minister John Briceno a few weeks ago. Briceno had called Chi, asking the plants imported by Dianni Chan be released from quarantine. Chi refused on the basis that important CITES documentation was missing. He was later placed on administrative leave for unprofessionalism. As we’ve reported Chi returned to work on Friday, May 6. Today, we confirmed with the CEO of the Ministry of Sustainable Development Dr. Kenrick Williams that the recommendation is for Chi to be dismissed.
Dr. Kevin Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development: “The investigation continues. That matter is at the Ministry of Public Service and the Public Service Commission for review.
Reporter: What is the recommendation that’s been made to the Commission?
Dr. Kevin Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development: “I think the recommendation is for him to be dismissed, if I’m not mistaken. But, again, it is for the Commission to look at the case and determine. No?”
Reporter: On what grounds?
Dr. Kevin Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development: “I think the grounds are grounds of insubordination. Yeah.
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Okay, so the PSU upon learning of this would definitely criticise the Government of political victimisation that unu just di do this fi attack di man.
Dr. Kevin Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development: “Okay and as I would say, that is the right of the PSU to do that. They have a mandate and so it is their right to do that and I respect that.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: But even though that there’s clear indication that he was following the procedure? That the P.M. called because he wanted the plants to be released from quarantine for the plants not to die or be damaged. But, the officer was following procedures that he knows of.
Dr. Kevin Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development: “Right. I will not litigate that here. That’s a matter for the Commission to discuss and decide.”