There was no ill intent, says Forbes-Smith as she misses disclosure deadline


KATHERINE Forbes-Smith


Tribune Chief Reporter


FORMER Senate President Katherine Forbes-Smith yesterday told The Tribune there had been no ill intent behind her failure to file an asset disclosure for last year as required by law.

Instead, the managing director of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority said the issue came down to failing to have the documents notarised.

Those documents would have covered part of her tenure presiding over the upper chamber. Her resignation from the Senate to head the DRA was announced on December 1, 2019.

Last week, reliable sources informed this newspaper that Mrs Forbes-Smith had failed to meet the requirement.

“I didn’t know it was an issue, but last week I did receive correspondence from the Disclosure Commission saying that what I filed (for) last year didn’t have a notary stamp on it. So they have asked me to have it notarised and sent back and I think it has gone back by now,” Mrs Forbes-Smith said when she was asked about the matter.

Last week, Public Disclosure Commission chairman Myles Laroda said he wrote to the prime minister and leader of the official opposition revealing the status of the disclosures.

The letters gave a summary of submissions, requests for extensions and the only failure to disclose.

However, at the time, he declined to state who had not satisfied the requirement.

“I have written and sent both letters to the prime minister and the leader of the opposition so they would have all of the information with regards to who disclosed, who were late and who asked for extensions,” Mr Laroda said last week.

“It was single digits for those who asked for extensions or who would have been late and that is a combination of members of Parliament and senators.

“A lot of them would have disclosed and a few were late. The rest were granted extensions and then there is one (that falls in the category of) other,” he also said.

Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said all Progressive Liberal Party officials “complied” with the law.

The deadline for disclosing is March 1 each year. Elected and appointed officials were given until last week Monday to disclose, as the deadline was a non-business day.

Early last month, Mr Laroda said officials had shown interest in fully complying with the requirement.


TalRussell 4 years, 4 months ago

What book Jehovah was it that even the PLP's former crown minister comrade Obediah - did say he had just read out loud to the current candidates nominations committee of PLP - that it be's written in book of Jehovah that, you have common sense wisdom, you have the youth, and then you have we old former substantively fatigued-out crown ministers, seeking run in we old House seats constituencies. Coincidence or not that it just happens to be a politically appointed - like to how many appoints - comrade sister, that couldn't find a Swearing of Oaths in time file her financial disclosure as required by the criminal law and under the penalty of serving a two-years sentence up at Fox Hill Prison. Even the undocumented know how swiftly seek out a Swearing of Oaths to notarise their documents, Yeah, no? Can't make this up. Just, can't.

Well_mudda_take_sic 4 years, 4 months ago



How can she possibly exercise the financial duties that form a big part of her government job if she can't even keep her own personal financial house in order so that she can comply with her statutorily imposed financial disclosure requirements?

She's clearly nothing but another one of those incompetent tools who Minnis appoints for their loyalty in carrying out the corrupt objectives of the Minnis-led FNM government.

bogart 4 years, 4 months ago

.....hmmmm.....people dont seem to get fired, they gets transfered upwards...like being Senate President and consultant to cruise line accused much arguments all over about cruise ship dumping in nations waters....like then moving to coordinator Hurrricane recovery and govt Minister in place and Opposition member raising conflict.....then now Managing Director......seems next position in higher office..seems both parties do the same thing

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