The fate of Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond, was expected to be discussed at the regular meeting of the cabinet of Ministers today, well-placed sources have disclosed.
The cabinet of Ministers was expected to discuss the leakage of nude photos, allegedly of the Minister, today at their usual Monday meeting, the sources have told the Times.
According to the sources, a decision on whether Raymond is allowed to stay in the cabinet is likely to be made during today’s cabinet session.
The sources have also indicated that a statement on the minister’s fate could be made by tomorrow.
Doctor Ubaldus Raymond is at the centre of a firestorm on social media where in addition to nude photos, extracts of a WhatsApp conversation purporting to be between the Minister and a young female were also leaked.
It is alleged that the female threatened to expose the Minister, unless she was paid.
Matters took a dramatic turn when on Friday morning, January 13, 2017, a young woman from Beausejour, identified as Curshaby Alexander, appeared in court charged under section 223, subsection 1 of the criminal code, with attempting to blackmail the Minister.
The woman was released on bail in the sum of $10,000.
The woman’s court appearance came as the Minister made it clear that no amount of threats will cause him turn away from his values as a human being and as a family man.
“I will not give in to political operatives who will use the most disgusting tactics in order to malign my name or to scare me into submission. I will trust in the Court system and in the Almighty God,” he asserted in a statement.
Doctor Ubaldus Raymond said since he entered politics, he has maintained that his integrity and credibility are of utmost importance.
“My record speaks for itself,” he said.
The arrest of the young woman and Raymond’s own statement have attracted a mixed reaction on social media.
The Minister has been heavily criticized for being linked to a sordid affair and using ‘bullying’ tactics against the teenage female, while others have criticized the young woman’s alleged attempt at extortion.