Former T&T National Security Minister drowns

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Former national security minister of Trinidad and Tobago Martin Joseph (Photo: Trinidad Guardian)
Former national security minister of Trinidad and Tobago Martin Joseph (Photo: Trinidad Guardian)

[www.inewsguyana.com] – CMC – Former Trinidad and Tobago national security minister Martin Joseph drowned today while bathing on a beach there, police have confirmed.

However the police said they were not releasing any details as yet regarding the death of Joseph, who served as cabinet minister in the Patrick Manning government from 2001.

“I just got information that the body has been recovered and in fact it is the case he has indeed drowned earlier this morning and of course everybody is in shock and traumatised,” said the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Orville London.

London, a deputy leader of the main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) speaking on radio, said that Joseph, in his late 60’s who served as parliamentary representative for the St Ann’s East Constituency from 1995-2002 and was appointed Minister of National Security in November 2003, was holidaying with a friend and was not on party business.

Joseph, who held a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the United States, also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Regional Science from the George Washington University, Washington DC and held an Associate Degree in Marine Sciences, University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC.

He was also a lecturer in Strategic Management at the Institute of Business of the University of the West Indies.

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