The government has terminated the services of Attorney and former Magistrate, Dawn Holder-Cush, as Director of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission.
She was appointed to head the body in 2015.
Today she received a letter from the new Chairperson of the Commission, Dhanwanti Sukhdeo, who explained that her services were being terminated by the new Board which was acting on behalf of the government.
There was no reason given for the dismissal, but Ms. Holder-Cush was told in the letter that the dismissal was immediate and she would be receiving one month’s salary in lieu of notice and other allowances.
In a statement on her Facebook page, Ms. Holder-Cush said the termination of her services carries the stench of political victimization, adding that she never denied her affiliation with the APNU+AFC like others did.
She confirmed that no reason was given for her dismissal but those in authority cowardly used their friends to do their work.
The Attorney noted that she worked under two different Ministers during the APNU+AFC government and there was never a problem with her work.
She added that with 23 years of post-qualification experience, she knows that she will not go hungry.
Under her watch in the past four and a half years, the Competition and Consumers Affairs Commission took on a more public role and became more engaged with the media and the general public.
It conducted more investigations of complaints made by consumers and ensured those consumers got justice and refunds from those businesses that flouted the Consumers Affairs Act.