The rise and fall of Natasha Navas

FORMER Chaguanas mayor Natasha Navas is now safe.

She has moved into an apartment in St Helena. Her relatives responded to a plea by pundit Jaidath Maharaj on social media after she moved her belongings into a Hindu temple in Cunupia last week Friday.

Navas said through a friend who visited her that she would rather be left alone.

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The former mayor said she had no mental health issues.

Who is Natasha Navas?

Natasha Navas was a bank worker who turned politician almost overnight.

A virtual unknown, Navas was handpicked by then Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner to become the first female Mayor of Chaguanas, stripping then mayor Surujrattan Rambachan of his title.

Rambachan had held the office for six years.

Navas was working as a marketing specialist at First Citizens when Navas caught Warner’s attention back in 2009.

She was just 30 years old and many argued that she was inexperienced for the job.

But Warner assured that she was qualified to be mayor.

Warner said he had done his homework and was sure she did not need any village council experience before taking up the office.

He also scoffed at fears that Navas may be too young, saying the same had been said of US President Barack Obama and his predecessor, Bill Clinton

Warner described her swearing in ceremony as “the mother of all swearings-in.”

At that time, Navas was living with her fiancé in Felicity.

Following her appointment, Navas said when she was approached to enter the mayoral race, her first thought was not about politics, but about serving the people.

At that time Navas said she was completing her marketing management degree at SAM’s Caribbean School of Accounting.

Navas grew up with her grandparents in Mundo Nuevo. She attended El Dorado Secondary and was an East Indian dancer.

Navas was replaced by Orlando Nagessar in 2010.

She was then appointed human resources manager Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, which fell under the Ministry of Works and Transport led by Warner.

Navas was not reappointed when the Board changed a year later.

Following that, the Express was told, Navas became isolated from her friends and relatives. Her children no longer live with her, and her erratic behavior has alarmed those who know her in Chaguanas.

Then came the events of last week. 

Source: Trinidad Express http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20171125/news/the-rise-and-fall-of-natasha-navas

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