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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, November 12, 2014
After a two-hour meeting with
President Anthony Carmona,
members of the Project 40 lobby
group say they are waiting for
him to meet with his advisers
before responding to them.
Three members of the group---
Gerry Williams, Khalil Hassanali
and Alyssa Rostant---met with
Carmona at President s House
from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm yes-
They refused to speculate on
whether Carmona could or could
not step in and end the impasse
between hunger striker Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh and the Government
over the Debe to Mon Desir por-
tion of the extension of the
Solomon Hochoy Highway to
However, they said, they were
heartened by the fact that the Pres-
ident gave them an audience.
The group is calling for medi-
ation to resolve the situation. Proj-
ect 40 began a "relay fast" in sup-
port of Kublalsingh with its 40
members taking turns fasting for
In a subsequent media release
yesterday, Project 40 urged Car-
mona to respond by Friday.
The release also said the group
believed Carmona was "receptive"
to its call, "in particular its petition
that he stands by the principle of
ethical leadership for T&T which
he has often advocated in the pub-
The group told the media it
planned to deliver the same peti-
tion to Prime Minister Kamla Per-
"While disappointed that the
meeting did not yield the definitive
result they had hoped for, Project
40 anticipates that (the President)
understands the urgency of the
situation," the release noted.
Project 40 said "with a growing
mass of citizens becoming increas-
ingly frustrated and the life of Dr
Kublalsingh hanging in the bal-
ance," it was waiting "in good faith
for a forthcoming response from
Hunger striker Dr Wayne Kublals-
ingh was too weak to talk yesterday
and asked his wife Dr Sylvia Mood-
ie-Kublalsingh to answer his cell-
"He is speaking with difficulty. He
does not have much energy to talk.
He s sinking more and more. He s just
bones now," Moodie-Kublalsingh told
the T&T Guardian.
It has been 57 days now since
Kublalsingh embarked on a second
hunger strike, allegedly without food
Told some people found this amaz-
ing, Moodie-Kublalsingh replied: "I
too. I don t know what to say."
She said Kublalsingh spent most of
his time in bed at their home in
"He gets up and tries to sit a little,"
Even as Kublalsingh s health waned,
members of the lobby group, Project
40, yesterday met with President
Anthony Carmona to ask for mediation
over the issue of the Debe to Mon Desir
segment of the extension of the
Solomon Hochoy to Point Fortin, the
reason for Kublalsingh s hunger strike.
Kublalsingh and the Highway Re-
route Movement (HRM) he leads want
that segment of the highway stopped.
They are claiming it will have disastrous
ecological and social consequences.
Other civil society groups, trade
unions, religious bodies and an envi-
ronmental organisation have since sup-
ported his cause.
Asked if her husband hoped Project
40 s meeting with Carmona, Moodie-
Kublalsingh said she did not know.
"I haven t chatted with him about
it," she said, adding she did not talk to
him more than necessary to conserve
his energy. Moodie-Kublalsingh was
certain, however, that "he definitely
wants mediation... from the beginning,
he wanted it to end."
Asked how she was coping with his
deteriorating health, she said it was
They have been married for 28 years
and have a 22-year-old son, Ori, a stu-
dent at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
"I have to try to detach myself and
not be emotional. I do not look at him
too much," she added.
A staunch Roman Catholic, she said
prayers, private tutoring jobs and the
support of people who visited her have
been helping. She said last Saturday a
group of 30 young people from her
church sang and prayed with lit candles
in front of their house.
"Priests and ministers came and
prayed," she added.
Asked how their son coped, she said
he was focused on his law studies.
Moodie-Kublalsingh said she sup-
ported her husband s cause but did not
support hunger strikes, not even Gand-
hi s, and had made that clear to him.
"It s not logical to do what he s doing.
Our bodies are God-given. They have
been given to us to respect not to be
used as a political protest tool. I don t
think that s right," she added.
Project 40 hopes for
response by Friday
After talks with Carmona over hunger strike protest...
Members of Project 40 leave the Office of the President, St Ann's, following a meeting with President
Anthony Carmona yesterday. From left are Gerry Anthony Williams, Khalil Hassanali and Alyssa Rostant.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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