No word on Boa Vista consulate investigation

Months after the removal of Leila King, Guyana’s Honorary Consul in Boa Vista Brazil, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is yet to reveal the findings of the investigations over wrongdoings.

Stabroek News was made to understand that the post has been left vacant since King was removed although she is still listed as the contact person for the consulate. This publication has reached out to the ministry on multiple occasions, but was told that only Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett would be able to make an official comment on the investigation and the findings.

The consulate’s listed number appears not to be working and the additional number provided for the consulate goes unanswered.

In February Minister Rodrigues-Birkett revealed that she had received a letter which indicated misappropriation with consulate property. The minister had said that “there were some specific things in the letter that required yes or no answers and we didn’t get straightforward answers in the original interrogation.”

Rodrigues-Birkett confirmed that at least one of the allegations did turn out to be true and that a formal investigation would be launched and necessary action taken upon its completion.

King was on leave at the time that the letter was sent to the ministry, and she refrained from commenting on the matter.

King was appointed head of the mission in 2011. She had contributed to the evolution of tourism ventures between Guyana and Brazil prior to her appointment.

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