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We made an error on September 16 (Page A5)
in reporting PNM MP Colm Imbert's contribution
to the budget debate. It was the budget that Mr
Imbert described as "a political and economic
Our apologies to Finance Minister Larry Howai
and to Mr Imbert.
LUCKY ESCAPE FOR 3
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has
offered sacked minister Dr Glenn Ramad-
harsingh a consultancy job to assist him
with the ministry s prosthetic limb pro-
Disclosing during yesterday s 2015 budget
debate that he had done so, Khan added:
"He hasn t given me an answer but he says
he can help."
Khan made the offer to Ramadharsingh
about a week ago. He said Ramadharsingh
would not be "in charge" of anything.
But even as Khan made the announce-
ment, police confirmed yesterday that a file
on Ramadharsingh has been sent to the
Director of Public Prosecutions.
Ramadharsingh was fired by Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on March 25
after alleged disorderly behaviour on a
March 16 Caribbean Airlines flight from
Flight attendant Ronelle Laidlow had
alleged he touched her breast while reaching
for her name tag and spoke threateningly
after refusing her request to move from a
seat. Ramadharsingh later apologised, saying
he was suffering from severe fatigue.
That month also, Patricia Singh, of Central
Trinidad, alleged to police that she per-
formed "sex acts" on Ramadharsingh in
2011 to obtain a Housing Development Cor-
He categorically denied that, saying the
allegation was misleading, without merit
and was referred to his attorney.
Police interviewed Ramadharsingh on
May 12 and subsequently, police spokesman
Wayne Mystar said Ramadharsingh s file
was in senior officers possession. Yesterday,
Mystar confirmed the file had been sent to
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Khan
said there had been a large demand for pros-
thetic legs, particularly as a result of dia-
betes-related foot issues. He said there were
five suppliers, ranging from good to not-
very-good, handling a range from titanium
to cast-iron limbs.
Khan said Government was working on
a system of foot clinics, including preparing
shoes to fit patients needs so their toes
would not be squeezed, and thus avoiding
He then said he had asked Ramadhars-
ingh, the Caroni Central MP, to come to
his ministry to help him with the clinics,
which would facilitate prosthetic limbs for
He said Ramadharsingh had been handling
that matter in the Social Development Min-
istry which he formerly headed, knew about
it well and had also developed a foot clinic.
Khan said Ramadharsingh had said he
would consider the request.
An Opposition MP then quipped: "Tita-
nium hoofs!," alluding to Ramadharsingh s
background as a veterinarian.
I need his expertise
Fuad offers Glenn a job...
Social and political activist Phillip Edward
Alexander has distanced himself from an alleged
fistfight outside the Congress of the People s
Operations Centre, Charlieville, last Sunday.
"I am a gentleman raised to resolve issues with
my words not my fists," he said yesterday.
An investigation into the incident has been
launched by COP leader Prakash Ramadhar.
But speaking via Facebook chat yesterday,
Alexander said: "There was never any fight. This
has been blown way out of proportion."
Asked whether he had faith in the investigation,
Alexander responded: "I have absolute faith in
the investigation that the political leader---not
the chairman---has initiated."
It was reported yesterday that COP chairman
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan had said the incident
would be investigated but Alexander did not take
too kindly to same of her comments on the mat-
ter.He said: "Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan should
have known better than to be speaking out of
turn, especially without the benefit of fact. The
information in the public domain is entirely
"Someone misbehaved and I am sure that
someone will be penalised for their misbehaviour.
Until then I cannot add any more until the party
makes a statement."
Nevertheless, on his Facebook timelines, in a
statement headed "bending my silence" and
described as a media release, Alexander expressed
concern about Seepersad-Bachan s comment
that "he had been very acrimonious with the
Describing the statement as "unfortunate," he
said she had acted immaturely when she spoke
to the media about the alleged incident.
"She admits to having no facts whatsoever yet
she goes ahead to infer judgments and to cast
"Using the opportunity of an unsubstantiated
rumour to attack those she considers her political
enemies shows a remarkable level of immaturity,
especially in light of the potential of the issue to
damage the party," he added.
Alexander said the party leadership had asked
him to let the relevant organs of the party deal
with whatever transgressions may have occurred.
Contacted yesterday, Seepersad-Bachan said
she wanted no fight with Alexander. She said
she was never included in the decision to choose
Alexander as "caretaker" of the Diego Martin
"Therein lies the problem of decision-making.
There is disrespect to the chairman s office,"
Contacted yesterday COP s general secretary
Clyde Weatherhead said it was not true that
Alexander was selected by COP executive as care-
taker of Diego Martin West.
In a release last night, Seepersad-Bachan said
Weatherhead had been named on an investigation
committee to look into the matter.
denies he was
Asked to comment after the debate,
Ramadharsingh, now a PP backbencher,
declined to say if he would accept it then
went across to talk to Khan.
Khan subsequently told reporters: "I
believe everyone is a citizen of T&T and
should be utilised in the capacity they are
good at. Before Mr Ramadharsingh left
office, he and I were working on starting
the foot clinics for T&T and it just stopped.
He's a doctor and I'm a doctor also, we
understand the body."
Of his offer to Ramadharsingh, Khan
added: "I thought it would be a good idea. I
don't want to say hired but I understand
what happened when I was in Opposition,
when I was out, and was blocked from
"I like to use the expertise available to
for someone who understands it the way I
do and I asked him."
Asked if he told the Prime Minister he
had offered Ramadharsingh the position,
Khan only said he had just asked
Ramadharsingh if he would consider it.
Asked about Ramadharsingh's response,
Khan said Ramadharsingh knew he could
On whether the investigations
concerning Ramadharsingh were an
obstacle, Khan said: "First he has to
indicate if he will do it. Personally, I don't
think those (investigations) will be a
"The investigation isn't involved with the
prosthetic. Until the outcome of that
matter, I will try to make the best use of
what is a valuable resource to serve the
people. It's either that or we knock around
with inefficiency to some extent."
Khan said it was not a case of "jobs for
the boys", as PNMites might think.
He said for instance, PNM's Dr Amery
Browne was very good at HIV treatment
and management and he would like
someone like him to run that programme.
Last year, Khan was eyeing Browne for a
job in that field which Browne turned down.
Khan said many would benefit from the
clinics. He said $10 million was allocated in
the last budget for them but not all was
used. He was uncertain of the 2015
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GETTING IT RIGHT
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