Wednesday 13 November, 2019

CMU boss Pinnock takes voluntary leave amid probe

Dr Fritz Pinnock

Dr Fritz Pinnock

The embattled President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Dr Fritz Pinnock has opted to take a leave of absence amid the ongoing investigation into perceived acts of corruption and cronyism within the Education Ministry.

In a news release, CMU said Pinnock informed the University Council Chairman of his decision in a letter on Friday.

"In the interest of all, I have elected to go on six weeks of voluntary leave, effective today, July 5, 2019. This will allow the various investigations in progress, time to conclude their findings and recommendations," Pinnock reportedly stated in the letter.

The police investigation involves a number of agencies over which former Education Minister Ruel Reid had oversight as minister, including the CMU, with allegations that a number of politically-connected persons have been benefiting significantly from the university without merit.

In the CMU news release, the university said: "Professor Pinnock believes that while the investigations are important, the related issues should not overshadow the integrity of the CMU, the work of its management and staff and most importantly the reputation of the university and the students it serves. As a result, for greater transparency, and for the university to continue pursuing its vision to be the maritime university of choice for global leaders, he believes that this is the right thing to do at this time."

He reportedly said it would be "selfish" of him to "continue allowing folks to destroy what so many have worked to build".

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