Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture Dr. Dayton Campbell, in making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate, charged that Mr. Graham was sacked amid a row over the importation of powdered milk.
Dr. Campbell claimed that Mr. Graham was issued with a letter of termination because of “a disagreement between Graham and the Minister Karl Samuda over granting of a licence to a company to import milk powder from Colombia for resale on the local market.”
Mr. Graham, who previously served as Chairman of the Agricultural Credit Board, was dismissed along with the other directors in February this year.
Mr. Samuda, in response, challenged Dr. Campbell’s claim and called for him to be compelled “to read the evidence into the records of Parliament, because the evidence that he’s relying on will reveal the falsehood of the accusation.”
Campbell was “parroting an original falsehood... and parading it as fact,” he declared.
Dr. Campbell did not withdraw his statement; instead he asked Mr. Samuda whether he was denying “that he gave instructions to grant the permit and that the CEO wrote to the Permanent Secretary requesting that that instruction be placed in writing.”
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