Mitchell to announce Cabinet re-shuffle
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Amid growing speculation that a date for the general election would be announced here soon, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell is getting ready to announce his fourth Cabinet re-shuffle since his ruling New National Party (NNP) swept all the seats in the 2013 general elections.
Press secretary Kisha Alexander-Grant told reporters Tuesday following the Cabinet meeting that Mitchell will address the nation on Wednesday night.
Describing the pending announcement as a “tweak” to the cabinet portfolios, she did not provide information as to the minister or ministers that will be affected by the changes that are taking place within months of the general elections which are constitutionally due no later than May 2018.
The NNP won the general election in February 2013 and the cabinet was sworn into office on March 3, 2013. The first reshuffle occurred in November 2014. Six Government ministers were affected by the changes with the most significant being the then Senator Kenny Lalsingh who was sacked as a Government Minister and Alexandria Otway-Noel becoming Minister for Implementation.
In the second Cabinet re-shuffle in June 2015 Mitchell made Winston Garraway and Simon Stielle full-fledged ministers and Alvin Dabreo became the junior minister in the Ministry of Agriculture.
The third reshuffle a year later resulted in Senator Sheldon Scott losing his senatorial appointment and being replaced by Pamela Moses.
Grant said that besides the cabinet changes, the Prime Minister is also expected to speak about other national issues including the opening of the new school year which commences on September 4.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has already called on Prime Minister Mitchell to name the date for the polls. (CMC)