Former national security minister Martin Joseph drowned Monday while swimming at a Tobago beach, police have confirmed.
However, the police said they were not releasing any details as yet regarding the death of Joseph, who served as cabinet minister in the Patrick Manning government from 2001.
“I just got information that the body has been recovered and in fact it is the case he has indeed drowned earlier this morning and of course everybody is in shock and traumatized,” said the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Orville London.
London, a deputy leader of the main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) speaking on radio, said that Joseph, who served as parliamentary representative for the St. Ann’s East Constituency from 1995-2002 and was appointed Minister of National Security in November 2003, was holidaying with a friend and was not in Tobago on party business.
Joseph, who held a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the United States, also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Regional Science: Minor in Economics from the George Washington University, Washington D.C. and held an Associate Degree in Marine Sciences, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
He was also a lecturer in Strategic Management at the Institute of Business of the University of the West Indies.