ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – A senior cabinet member has been moved to her her fourth ministry since the National Democratic Congress (NDC) came into government four years ago.
Glynis Roberts, MP for the St George’s South riding, is one of two ministers affected in Prime Minister Tillman Thomas’s fourth cabinet reshuffle in as many years.
Roberts who initially served as minister for social development, then tourism and civil aviation, to be followed by labour and social security, was late Tuesday announced as the new minister for the environment. She will also have responsibility for foreign trade and export development.
Social development minister Sylvester Quarless replaces Roberts as minister for labour and social security, while holding on to his current portfolio.
Within the last two months, Thomas has had two ministers resign from his cabinet, casualties of on-going internal bickering within the ruling party.
Peter David, the party’s general secretary, resigned as tourism minister after cabinet colleague Glen Noel, the minister of information, accused him of conspiring to remove Thomas from the party’s leadership, as the government prepares to face a general election.
Weeks later, Foreign Minister Karl Hood quit, complaining of what he described as “unfair treatment” at the hands of the prime minister.
Thomas has added foreign affairs to his ministerial responsibilities while Vincent Roberts was sworn in as a senator and was named as the minister for tourism.
“I thank my two Cabinet colleagues for their ready acceptance of these responsibilities and applaud them for their stated resolve to be successful in their new portfolios on behalf of the people of this country,” he said in a nationally broadcast address Tuesday night.