|Rowley’s second son makes family appearance |
Sunday, July 31 2016
The Office of the Prime Min- ister (OPM) yesterday released a family photograph of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley featuring a son at an Emancipation Dinner hosted at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Friday evening.
His name is Christopher Berthol.
This information was confirmed to Sunday Newsday by the Prime Minister’s wife, Mrs Sharon Rowley, at an event in Laventille yesterday.
Mrs Rowley identified the young man as her step-son and provided his name.
The caption issued by the OPM did not name the members of Dr Rowley’s family, although from prior public knowledge those recognisable in the photograph were Dr Rowley’s wife, Sharon and their daughters, Tonya and Sonel.
Dr Rowley also has an older son Garth Alleyne, whose identity was publicly disclosed in March last year, after former Tobago East MP Vernella Alleyne-Toppin questioned in Parliament the circumstances of the birth of Alleyne, suggesting his mother had been a minor.
Garth Alleyne and his mother, Roselyn Alleyne, who reside abroad, released a video denying Alleyne-Toppin’s allegations.
Roselyn Alleyne had countered with claims that her family had been offered $25,000 to make false allegations against Dr Rowley.
She denied she was raped, admitting she was just shy of 18 when she had their son. Garth Alleyne has made several appearances with his father, attending his swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister last September.
Prior to the release of yesterday’s photograph it was not previously known that Rowley had another son.
Berthol’s first appearance with the Rowleys and his sisters took place on Thursday night when the family were photographed shopping at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village at Queen’s Park Savannah.
Rowley was seen helping measure an African shirt against the young man, whom some had said was his son but a name was not given.