Warner resigns from Trinidad cabinet after damning CONCACAF report

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, Jack Warner and Emamanuel George

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, Jack Warner, and Emamanuel George

According to a report by Caribbean360 filed from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Tuesday April 23, 2013, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar announced that she had accepted the resignation of her embattledNational Security Minister Austin “Jack” Warner  who had resigned after the publication of a report by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Integrity Committee that was deeply critical of the former international football boss.

She said: “Mr Warner’s resignation from the Cabinet comes with a degree of regret as he was a highly industrious and productive member of the government, having served with distinction in the Ministries of Works and National Security." and, “Mr Warner’s resignation would allow for the government of Trinidad and Tobago to continue apace with its developmental objectives without distraction and would further permit him time and space to adequately treat with the matters raised."

Persad Bissessar said that she had advised President Anthony Carmona to appoint Works and Infrastructure Minister Emmanuel George as the new national security minister.

The CONCACAF report slammed as "fraudulent in their management” the conduct of the soccer confederation's affairs by Warner and the former secretary general, American Chuck Blazer.

Warner, 70,  later submitted a letter of resignation as chairman of the UNC, the biggest partner in the four-party coalition government.

Former Barbados chief justice Sir David Simmons, who headed CONCACAF’s Integrity Committee, presented the CONCACAF's congress in Panama with the detailed report into allegations of financial mismanagement by Warner and Blazer. Neither man cooperated with the investigation.