Friday 3 July, 2020

Fritz Pinnock requests four more weeks of leave from CMU

Professor Fritz Pinnock

Professor Fritz Pinnock

President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, has requested that his voluntary leave of absence from the institution be extended by four weeks until mid-September.

The extension was confirmed on Wednesday by Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, while speaking on television.

In July, Pinnock proceeded on six weeks of voluntary leave, which was said to have been to give investigators who are probing allegations of corruption at the CMU, which has been linked to the criminal probe now under way of discarded former Education Minister, Ruel Reid, a free hand to conduct their investigations.

CMU has found itself at the centre of the scandal involving Reid, who was fired as Education Minister in March of this year after allegations of corruption, cronyism, nepotism and the possible misuse of public funds at the ministry and some of its affiliated agencies, including the CMU, surfaced.

In confirming that Pinnock had sought the extension of his leave, Samuda said this was done “because the purpose for which he stepped aside, took leave, was to facilitate full and open investigations into all aspects of the institution, and he felt that that, (it) not having been concluded, he would go off for another four weeks to facilitate the proper and thorough investigation into all aspects of the CMU.”

Pinnock went on leave on July 5 and his self-imposed time away from the Palisadoes-based institution would expired on Friday.

Deputy President, Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna, who was named as Acting President in July, will continue to serve in that position.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: