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Local lobby group Fixin T&T
has written President Anthony
Carmona asking him to state
whether he is deliberately
attempting to frustrate the efforts
of the Integrity Commission (IC)
in its investigation of the affairs
of Chaguanas West MP Jack
In a letter to Carmona, Kirk
Waithe, head of Fixin T&T, asked
the President: "If so, why? And
what, if any, is your relationship
with Mr Warner?"
Waithe said Fixin T&T was very
concerned about the President s
initial reluctance to appoint a tri-
bunal to investigate Warner, and
now his tardiness in swearing in
the members, as was requested by
the IC since January 2014.
"Fixin T&T was deeply troubled
and very annoyed to learn that
more than six weeks after a tri-
bunal was finally appointed to fur-
ther investigate the affairs of Mr
Warner, the members are yet to
be sworn in."
Waithe said "donkey cart"
interpretations of the Integrity
in Public Life Act cannot justify
"Fixin T&T questions the Pres-
ident s commitment in getting this
right. Effectively furthering this
investigation requires very specific
skills sets related to law, financial
analysis and accounting.
"Our expectation is that the
President will now do the right
thing because it is the right thing
to do ," Waithe said, using a well
known quote from the President
Waithe traced his pursuit of the
"On March 4, 2015, I wrote, via
e-mail, to the Registrar of the IC
Mr Martin Farrell to enquire on
the status of the tribunal and
requested the following informa-
• Who are the members of the
• What is the area of expertise
of each member?
• Who is the chairman?
• Is the tribunal operational/
functional as yet?
Waithe, in his letter to Carmona,
said: "Your treatment of this mat-
ter so far may well be contributing
to the undermining of confidence
in the IC, as well as the very office
The IC, for the first time, has
asked the President to appoint a
tribunal to investigate someone.
The President-appointed tribunal
will determine whether Warner s
declarations of his income, assets
and liabilities to the Integrity Com-
mission can stand scrutiny and
constitute full disclosure of his
The move came after an April
2013 report from a Concacaf
integrity committee chaired by for-
mer Barbados chief justice Sir
David Simmons which alleged
Warner committed fraud against
Concacaf and Fifa, in connection
with the Centre of Excellence in
Macoya and in relation to Concacaf
The Integrity Commission said
in the interest of the public it deci-
ded to enquire further into the
Fixin' T&T calls
for action on
Dr Shanelle Dempster performs an oral screening on Linus Crawford
during UWI's Medical Services Faculty free public health fair in
commemoration of the faculty's 25th Anniversary at Mt Hope, yesterday.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner President Anthony Carmona
Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
leader Jack Warner has confirmed that
during his stint as Minister of Works
and Transport, he approved the then
salary and wage rate for Airports
Authority officers. The AA officers
rates are higher than their colleagues
at the Estate Police Association
Warner, in a brief telephone interview,
said the Airports Authority Act gave
him ministerial authority to agree to
the wage figures once it was passed
and agreed by the board of directors.
He said he wrote a letter to that effect
at the request of the negotiation team
representing the officers.
"They came to me and I gave them
a letter to that effect," he said.
Warner said that the board had
approved the salaries and wages before
he approved it.
"I remember approving it. I am not
lying about giving them the approval,
but it was under my remit as the min-
ister at the time," Warner said.
Jack: I approved higher
pay for AA officers
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