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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Former West Indies cricket captain
Dwayne Bravo yesterday allayed fears
from some quarters that he may be join-
ing the People s Partnership Govern-
In dismissing concerns raised on social
media that he was being courted as a pos-
sible candidate for the forthcoming general
election, Bravo said he was only there as
a guest of close friend and Sport Minister
"It s no big deal," Bravo told the T&T
Guardian of his appearance on the United
National Congress political platform.
Bravo, who recently announced his
retirement from Test cricket soon after
being left out of the West Indies World
Cup team, which some speculated was a
direct result of his leading the walkout of
the India tour, greeted Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar seconds after she
finished delivering her feature address to
the Debe crowd.
He then hugged Persad-Bissessar and
they both flashed the "V" for victory sign
as photographers snapped away and sup-
porters cheered loudly.
The photo and story of Bravo s appear-
ance on the T&T Guardian s Facebook
page and Web site, which was posted
moments after he made his stage appear-
ance, caused heated debate among sup-
porters of the various political parties.
Some speculated Bravo, just like Sancho,
was being eyed for a potential seat in the
Yesterday, however, Bravo said he was
there as a mere guest to lend his support
to his personal friend, Sancho.
Asked if there was politics in the near
future, given the rumours, Bravo added:
"I don t understand what all of this is
about. It is no big deal. I just went there
to support my friend, who has been my
personal friend for years."
Sancho also dispelled rumours that Bravo
had a political career ahead for the UNC,
confirming he was there supporting him.
Sancho added that long before his
appointment as Sport Minister, Bravo had
been at his side and that friendship had
"Bravo is a friend of mine and he has
always supported me in my endeavours.
We have a good relationship way before
my ministerial post and nothing has
changed," he said.
"He (Bravo), like many other athletes,
has been very supportive to me and it is
good to have them along."
Bravo not thinking about politics...
I was there to
However, Sancho also did not entirely
dismiss a political future for Bravo, saying
he had the qualities which may serve him
well in any such position.
"Dwayne Bravo has shown his
tremendous support for me ever since and
he has already exemplified great leadership
and with respect to the transition, if he does
decide to go to politics, he will make a great
leader and representative because he has a
great heart and it is all in the right places.
"I believe he will do well and I will also
support him and endorse him," Sancho said.
An official of Bravo's local club, Queen's
Park Cricket Club, who did not want to be
named, also said Bravo did not initially
intend to go on stage. The official said
Bravo was hanging out with Sancho when
he was invited on stage by Persad-
"It was not political. I spoke to him this
morning and he happened to be there with
Brent Sancho, who is his friend.
"They were liming and the Prime Minister
noticed him and told him to come on stage.
He felt bad to say no and that is basically it.
He said he does not support any political
Other members of the cricket fraternity
declined to comment, saying they did not
want to get involved in politics.
GEISHA KOWLESSAR & RACHAEL ESPINET
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley last night
apologised for the "dog and cyat" statement he
made last week which has been seen by many as
a sexist attack on women and Prime Minister
Speaking during a PNM cottage meeting at the
Mt D or Community Centre in St Joseph, Rowley
noted that if he had resorted to his "Tobago geneal-
ogy" in "invoking the concept of tit for tat and
it had offended any person in this country, "I m
in the service of the people of this country and
I m not in the business of offending anyone. So
therefore I have regrets on that. That wasn t my
intention of offending anyone."
During a political meeting in Brazil last week,
Rowley said: "She could jump high, she could jump
low. She could drink this, she could drink that, she
could bark at my dog because I will ignore she
Rowley had come under fire for the comment,
with several women s groups calling for an apology.
However, he had refused to do so until last night,
when he addressed the matter first up in his feature
Earlier on during a walkabout in the community,
Rowley said he was not perturbed about today s
motion of no confidence debate against him filed
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Asked if he was prepared for today s motion, he
said, "I am not surprised that it has come from
where it came from. I would be the most disap-
pointed person if the Prime Minister had confidence
in me. She certainly has no confidence in me...I
am not surprised."
While not all members of the Opposition bench
are from the PNM, Rowley confidently stated that
all his members would be supporting him.
"I have confidence that I have the full support
of the PNM. I am the Opposition Leader until
something else turns up.
"What can I say? Everybody is interested in the
PNM s business, and we are flattered by that because
we are a 60-year-old party. And we lead in terms
of political arrangements, so everybody is interested
in what the PNM does."
Addressing the looming "Marlene-gate" which
the PM said she would expose during the UNC s
Monday Night Forum, Rowley said the PM and the
Cabinet have many Gates of their own. (See pages
A10 and A11).
Persad-Bissessar made the reference to Port-of-
Spain MP Marlene McDonald as she showed sup-
porters a massive red file during the Debe meet-
Addressing this yesterday, Rowley said,"It has
so many gates: there are more gates than fences.
She has Prison-gate, E-mailgate, Kamla-gate. Bal-
isier House has one gate. If she is looking for gates
then she should look at our gates and see what
real gates look like," he said, adding the Prime Min-
ister is just "delaying the obvious" and is "demean-
ing the Office of the Prime Minister."
for sexist 'cyat'
Dr Keith Rowley enjoys
a game of dominos with
residents during a
walkabout in Champ Fleurs
yesterday. Looking on is St
Joseph MP Terrence
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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