Head of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock is to go on special leave immediately to allow the completion of investigations at the institution.
A release Tuesday afternoon, October 8 said this decision was taken following discussions between head of the CMU Board, Hyacinth Bennett and Professor Pinnock.
The release said: “During that discussion Professor Pinnock and Dr Bennett agreed that in the interest of transparency he (Prof Pinnock) should continue to be on leave until the investigations have been completed. The CMU pointed out that the investigations are being conducted by the Auditor General’s office and other agencies.
Prof Pinnock returned to work September 30, after being on voluntary leave since May. That leave was extended on two occasions. The CMU had stated he was on leave to allow space for the investigations. Those relate to allegations about the involvement of the CMU with corrupt acts reportedly involving the Ministry of Education and questionable activities of the Ruel Reid who was dismissed as Minister in March.
The PNP had objected to the return of Dr Pinnock without explanation. It has also called for the removal of the CMU Board.