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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Former UNC St Joseph MP
Herbert Volney on Tuesday man-
dated the Alliance of Independents
(AI) to put up candidates in con-
stituencies for the general elec-
"Offer candidates to the people.
You can t have a AI s first public
meeting at the Diego Martin com-
The medium-sized hall were full
with some people also standing.
The gathering included 50 people
Frontliners hailed by the chair-
man included businessman Sam
Salloum, radio deejay Luis Hart,
Ronald John and Omar Abdullah.
The latter dressed in traditional
Muslim garb and flak jack said he
represented 300,000 Muslims and
sought to lobby attention to five
T&T nationals detained in
Venezuela on terrorism charges.
Audience members included
businessmen Rocky Garcia, Regi-
nald McClean in front rows and
other Diego Martin/Petit
Speakers included session chair-
man Trevor Edwards, former
BWIA worker Roslyn Aimon, talk
show host Gerard Small, consultant
and former NAR/ONR team
Unity/COP member Karen Bart-
Alexander and businessman Joe
They spoke respectively of
visions for youth, agriculture and
voiced grouses with Government.
Group founder Nicole Dyer-Grif-
fith s address climaxed speeches
which was followed by statements
from floor members.
Bart-Alexander, calling for
"transformation", said T&T s
national conversation had deni-
grated to "kyat" talk and con-
demned what she described as the
"Piss poor leadership, piss poor
governance; PP: Piss poor."
Other speakers repeated the term
to describe the PP, main target of
their criticism. Bart-Alexander said
it was time to "set up our own first
Volney, fired from Government
in 2012 for the Section 34 issue,
admitted in 2014 to being wrong
and also apologised to former attor-
ney general Anand Ramlogan for
alleging Ramlogan had anything to
do with it.
At the meeting, Volney raised a
hand when the chairman asked to
see those who were non-aligned.
Volney said he once voted for
the PNM and NAR and himself as
UNC St Joseph candidate.
He said AI could be a tremen-
dous force which could move
mountains, win a majority and
affect the balance of power in
determining who rules and how.
Volney complained T&T was a
country "without justice."
He said he wanted to see what
was left of it returned and wanted
swift justice for people who broke
the law and to see them jailed.
He said he left his job on the
Bench to try to make a difference
but he and the Griffiths only
Volney said the PNM and UNC
could not go anywhere without the
AI since the parties may get 20 and
21 seats. On AI he added: "we need
the interim leadership to put
together a framework and have can-
didates for the people,"
Dyer-Griffith, who resigned from
the COP after her husband Gary
was removed from the Cabinet,
said people felt disappointed in
2015 and needed to continue to
analyse issues and the politics and
advocate as Independent voters.
She alluded to, if the opportunity
came for independent voters to be
in Parliament or local government
She said AI would be willing to
work with groups with similar aims
and would subscribe to the political
code of conduct. She said every
Pires said: "Even with Manning s
faux pas," the PNM had 300,000
voters, the UNC 250,000 and there
are 500,000 marginal voters who
aren t happy."
He called for that group to voice
concerns and get people to fight
Pires, VMCOTT chairman, asked
why there could not be one bus
supply company or why there was
not a highway from Toco to the
city and why traffic lights could
not be removed.
"We should have a highway
patrol and police looking for law-
breakers. Why do we still own NP,
the Hyatt, Hilton, a radio and TV
station... these should be private
sector publicly traded companies,"
Michael Awai, of Westmoorings,
said AI had to decide what "we
want" and if that was not possible
then they would not have an
Rocky Garcia said he, Pires and
the Griffiths worked to make the
Diego Martin seats marginal yet
the PP "gives us nothing."
The group served "eats" after
the meeting as the COP usually
does after its meetings.
Volney pushes Alliance to contest polls
AI was scheduled to meet
with MSJ leader David Abdulah
yesterday, Gary Griffith said.
Abdulah, however, said any
meetings with the group were
Louis Lee Sing, who
attended the first meeting of
the group, said he did not
attend Tuesday's meeting
since he had a prior
He could not say if he would
attend another meeting since
he said he remained
unconvinced the group's
leaders grasped the magnitude
of the challenges before them.
Joe Pires, centre, interim chairman of the Alliance of Independence chats with former national security minister
Gary Griffith, right, and Sam Salloum during Monday's meeting at Diamond Vale Community Centre, Diego Martin.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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