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JAMAICA | It wasn't me! says Ruel Reid's former driver Devon McQueen

Featured Former education minister Ruel Reid who is now under criminal investigation Former education minister Ruel Reid who is now under criminal investigation
KINGSTON,  Jamaica July 12, 2019 - Devon McQueen, the former driver for sacked education minister Ruel Reid, is not a happy man, and is furious at what he says is the fraudulent use of his name to secure contracts with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
 
McQueen's name became associated with the current scandal engulfing the CMU and Mr. Reid, after questions were asked at a parliamentary committee on Wednesday, about whether Mr. McQueen was contracted to provide catering services for a programme run by the University.
 
Mr. McQueen told Radio Jamaica's Hotline host Emily Shields Friday morning, that he  knows nothing about the catering contract with the CMU.
 
More definitively, he said he was never a caterer, noting: "I don't know nothing about that." 
 
Mr. McQueen is the latest of Mr. Reid's associates who are alleged to have received payments from the CMU in the scandal which led to the firing of the former education minister. The others include two females said to have been household helpers.
 
Mr. McQueen said the first time he heard about the contract with the CMU was when investigators showed up at his home asking him questions earlier this year. He said they took him to their offices and asked a barrage of questions in relation to invoices reportedly done in his name. 
 
"The thing about it, somebody was using my name," he exclaimed, adding that he was shocked when he found out about the contracts. McQueen said he had no association with the CMU.
 
Mr. McQueen said the former education minister invited him to work at Jamaica College as a night watchman when he became principal of the school.
 
When Mr. Reid was appointed education minister, Mr. McQueen was seconded to the ministry to work as his driver, from 2016 to 2018. Mr. McQueen said he decided not to continue as Mr. Reid's driver because of the poor conditions under which he worked, which included the long working hours. 
 
"I was underpaid even at that time and I told him that I would have never sign back anymore contract.... Sometimes you work most of the time seven days a week, you wouldn't get any time; not even leave I didn't get," he told Emily Shields. 
 
The former minister's driver said no provision was made for meals when he took Mr. Reid on long assignments and was among the matters which contributed to a deterioration of his relationship with Mr. Reid  over the two years he worked at the ministry. 
 
He said he returned to his post at Jamaica College when he stopped driving for Mr. Reid.
 
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  • Countries: Jamaica

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