Commission of Inquiry into Mahdia School Dorm fire to be fully appointed next week

Commission of Inquiry into Mahdia School Dorm fire to be fully appointed next week

The Vice President has announced that by next Wednesday, the President will appoint all of the persons to serve on the Commission of Inquiry that will examine the Mahdia School dorm fire which claimed 20 lives.

While not offering details on the likely Commissioners, Mr. Jagdeo said the full Commission will be named and will get down to work next week.

Days after the deadly dorm fire back in May, the President had promised to appoint a COI to probe the circumstances which led to the disaster.

The Opposition has also been pressing the Government to get the COI in place.

Last week, Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton said he believes the “reluctance” by the government to get the Commission of Inquiry started, could be because of concerns within the Government that several of its top officials could be called out in the probe.

The issue was raised again in the National Assembly on Thursday by Opposition Member, Amanza Walton-Desir.

“This is the same government, that seventy something days later cannot convene a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the fire that claimed the lives of twenty of our Children, Commission the Commission of Inquiry now and show that you care,” MP Walton-Desir, charged the government.

In addition to setting up the COI, President Irfaan Ali has also committed to offering support to the families of the victim, the injured and the wider Region 8 Community.

Already, relatives of the children who died and those who were injured have signed onto a settlement with the Government, removing liability from the Government for any possible future action.

The President has indicated that he intends to have retired Major General Joe Singh as the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry.

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