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People s National Movement (PNM)
leader Dr Keith Rowley stood his ground
yesterday and refused former leader Patrick
Manning s offer for the two to meet for dis-
cussions at Parliament tomorrow.
Rowley s move came after Manning
blanked a meeting with the party officials
at Balisier House and instead proposed he
and Rowley speak on his proposed candidacy
for the San Fernando East seat at Parliament.
Late yesterday, PNM general secretary Ashton
Ford said Rowley had refused the counter
Earlier yesterday, while Rowley appeared
to consider Manning s request at first, after
a meeting with his party executives he insisted
that party business be discussed at Balisier
House. The ball is now back in Manning s
court, as it was he who blanked yesterday s
scheduled 3 pm meeting at Balisier House
and counteroffered tomorrow s meeting.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday,
Manning said he had nothing to say about
the rescheduled meeting and nothing to say
about the proposal for tomorrow s meeting.
"I don t need to talk with anyone and not
the newspapers. I do not wish to hear any-
thing or speak on anything," Manning said.
When asked if he had anything to say
about not attending yesterday s meeting with
PNM officials, Manning said he did not know
why the media was suddenly "harassing"
him on this matter.
"You all have left me alone for five years,
please continue to do so," he said.
Ford told the media it was unusual to have
a meeting about party business at Parliament,
saying he was surprised Manning did not
show up for yesterday s meeting.
He added: "He attended meetings here
before. Mr Manning came here and met with
Dr Rowley before. It is a bit surprising to
"This morning (yesterday) Dr Rowley
received a reply from Mr Manning indicating
that he would meet him instead in Parliament
on Friday (tomorrow) and that is different
from the arrangement to discuss party busi-
ness because here is the party headquarters."
Ford said Manning was not aware of the
agenda for the meeting but should have
understood that the discussions would be
determined by previous correspondence
between Manning and Rowley.
"It was all surrounding the nomination
exercise with regards to San Fernando East,"
Ford said the December 15 extension for
nominations for that seat remained in effect.
He said there was no intention to discipline
Manning at yesterday s meeting and that
was made clear to him.
Manning had made Ford s letter to him
public on social media and also used the
forum to question if he was being hauled
before a PNM disciplinary committee or cen-
tral executive to be disciplined.
"Disciplinary procedures in the party is
far different from what Mr Manning
described. It is a long drawn out process and
an invitation does not signal any sort of
action," Ford said.
Juvenile homes are being established. So said
Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray
during her contribution to yesterday s Senate
debate on a motion to approve the Children s
Authority, Children Community Residences and
the Foster Care Regulations.
Approval of the regulations are necessary for
the full implementation of the package of children
Coudray s announcement came in the wake of
several calls from Opposition and Independent
Senators for the police report on the investigation
into the death of 14-year-old Brandon Hart-
Greaves who had been a resident at the St Michael s
Home for Boys in Diego Martin.
Hart-Greaves died in April from head injuries
sustained while "play-fighting" with a fellow res-
ident of the home.
Coudray, a former Gender, Youth and Child
Development Minister, said both orphaned and
young offenders were housed at the home, man-
aged by the Anglican Church.
She said Government was moving to have the
orphaned separated and the young offenders
accommodated at juvenile homes.
Independent Senator Helen Drayton said while
the Government was investing "so much more
in fighting crime and yet it can t see the hole in
the bucket, through which the monies fall."
She said there was a lack of justice for so many
children who had been killed in recent years in
T&T and other children who continued to be bru-
talised and abused.
Drayton said such incidents did not begin with
the death of Akiel Chambers who was found dead
in a pool at the home of Charles and Annelore
James in Haleland Park, Maraval, on May 24,
"His death marked a steady decline in the failure
to protect children s lives," Drayton told legisla-
While admitting the Government was making
an effort in the fight against crime, Drayton wanted
to know why there was no report on the death
She added: "Was any value placed on the life
of that child?
"Unless we are serious about stemming the
tide of this huge social failure, which is the worst
of all our failures, I think the future can only get
angrier, more violent and the quality of life will
continue to deteriorate."
An employee of Super
Industrial Services (SIS)
inspects the company's
heavy equipment which
was set on fire in Caroni
early yesterday. Police
said the two asphalt
pavers were at a road
extension site in Caroni.
Around 3 am the security
watching the equipment
was approached by a
gunman and ordered to
lie on the ground.
The guard, police said,
later heard a loud
explosion and saw the
valued $8 million, on fire.
Attempts to put out the
fire by the security guard
before the Fire Services
came were futile. Police
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
JENSEN LA VENDE
A senior estate police officer with the
Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
was gunned down in front of his home in
D Abadie yesterday morning as he left for
Police said around 5.30 am Deoraj Maharaj
had just left his house on Quince Drive, La
Florissante, Phase II, in his brown Kia
Sportage when a gunshot was heard.
Relatives of the father of three came out-
side and found him dead in the road with
a bullet wound to the head. His car was a
short distance away.
Maharaj, who was an assistant superin-
tendent, had been cleared of an indecent
assault charge on November 7 at the mag-
istrates court. Police say they have no idea
why he was killed but ruled out a retaliation
for his winning his court matter as a possible
Relatives did not want to speak with the
media when they were approached at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James.
Maharaj s attorney Jeron Joseph told the
T&T Guardian he was "deeply saddened"
when he heard of the killing and described
his former client as a "fine gentleman."
He added: "His murder was a cowardly
act and brutal in the manner of his execution.
He was more than a client. He became a
friend to us all at the office. Just last week
he visited us to discuss a legal matter. I can t
believe that he is gone."
The director of customer care at WASA,
Doodnath Bhola, described Maharaj as an
"excellent worker" whose dedication was
He said the management team and WASA
staff were saddened by the loss of such a
good officer and hoped the perpetrators were
brought to justice swiftly.
Maharaj s murder took the toll to 376. For
the same period last year the figure was 365.
The Government is moving to create two new
positions within the Justice Ministry, the director
and deputy director of the Electronic Monitoring
This is according to the 99th report of the
Salaries Review Commission (SRC) which was
laid in the Senate yesterday.
It says among the functions and powers of the
EMU are to ensure the security system of the
electronic monitoring of individuals; retrieving
and analysing information for the system and
reporting any non-compliance with the decision
of the court or competent authority and breaches
related to the use of an electronic device.
The SRC is proposing that the salary of the
director be $25,370 a month with additional trans-
port, subsistence, housing, entertainment and
This development was in keeping with the pas-
sage of legislation to initiate the electronic mon-
itoring of pensioners. (RL)
Rowley blanks Manning
WASA police officer killed in front home
DEBATE ON CHILDREN'S REGULATIONS
Two new positions
for Justice Ministry
$8M SIS ARSON
Meanwhile, the party also yesterday
chose incumbent Marlene McDonald
over former Port-of-Spain mayor Louis
Lee Sing and former PNM councillor
Isha Wells for Port-of-Spain South seat
in next year's general election.
Colm Imbert was unopposed for his
spot as Diego Martin North East MP.
NO ROOM FOR
LEE SING, WELLS
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