The sudden resignation of Gaspar Vega from Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Cabinet has left more than a political vacuum for his administration. His resignation as Minister of Agriculture left a space for someone to take up that portfolio. While we expected a simple release indicating who that would be, today we learnt that Prime Minister Dean Barrow opted for a major Cabinet shake-up.
A release from the Prime Minister’s office indicates that the Ministry of Agriculture will be taken up, by no other than Hon. Godwin Hulse. We wouldn’t be surprised if you had already guessed that, because Hulse, apparently, is the PM’s go to man. He was introduced in Cabinet to take over the Ministry of Immigration, following the Penner Scandal. Then he picked up the Ministry of Natural Resources after Vega was booted from there. Later on he became the Minister of Police following the Danny Mason debacle. It appears Hulse is this Government’s Clean Up Minister. But how much can he clean up if he only spends months in a Ministry?
And that is the case in the Ministry of Police which, according to the Government’s release, will be relinquished by Hulse and taken up by Junior Minister Elodio Aragon who will operate under the Prime Minister’s office.
There are a few changes and here’s how it goes.
Sen. Hon. Godwin Hulse becomes the new Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment and Sustainable Development, while also keeping the Immigration portfolio.
Minister of State Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa remains in that Ministry to focus on Forestry, Fisheries, Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister of State Hon. Beverly Williams will continue to concentrate on Immigration.
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow becomes Minister of Finance and Home Affairs. Hon. Elodio Aragon, Jr. will move from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to become Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Hon. Hugo Patt picks up a few portfolios to become as Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities.
Of significance is the decision to remove the Police portfolio from Godwin Hulse. This is something the BNTU had been demanding, but which the PM repeatedly said he would not do.
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