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Police Complaints Authority
(PCA) director David West
must clear the air and say who
"sourced" him to be Opposi-
tion PNM leader Dr Keith
Rowley s witness in the latter s
case with former attorney gen-
eral Anand Ramlogan, says
People s Partnership House
Leader Dr Roodal Moonilal.
Moonilal called for West to
answer yesterday, drawing him
into the picture as he piloted a
motion of censure and no con-
fidence against Rowley in Par-
The motion was based on
Rowley s failure to disclose that
West was his witness in the
court matter and Government s
view that Rowley had exercised
bias when he used power under
Section 6(1) of the PCA Act to
approve West as the PCA nom-
Government also argued that
in making the nomination, he
abused his office or could be
perceived as abusing it by failing
to comply with the code of con-
duct in the integrity law.
"The charges have been
made, established and are
declared at the peak of his sub-
Piloting the historic motion,
Moonilal said he rose with a
"heavy heart" but clear sense
of commitment though some
said the motion was "frivolous"
or of "no consequence."
He said political leadership
could make or break a country
and there was a duty to examine
such leadership "across the
aisle" in Parliament.
Moonilal said the motion was
not a personal matter with
Rowley but an exercise con-
cerning examination of his con-
duct, judgment and discretion,
since Rowley aspired to be the
next prime minister.
He said it was not the first
time Rowley s conduct had been
called into question and, citing
recent newspaper editorials and
other issues, this had applied
with his former leader (Patrick
Manning), his PNM colleagues
and several institutions, includ-
ing the Judiciary, which in a
2011 statement sternly criticised
Rowley s statements attacking
On the West/PCA aspect,
Moonilal said Rowley kept
secret the fact that West was
his witness and in January,
replying to the Prime Minister,
had said he did not know he
was required to say West was.
"It suggests he (Rowley) knew
but felt it wasn t required to
say so, then in March he says
he had no idea (Faris) Al-Rawi,
his attorney, had sourced West
as witness. So did he know or
not?" Moonilal said.
Moonilal noted Al-Rawi, in
2014, had said he was duly
authorised to give an affidavit
on the court issue and both he
and West were reviewing the
working draft. But by March
2014, Moonilal said, Rowley said
he had no idea about West.
"I ask Mr West, given the
public interest in this, to say
who sourced/solicited him...
somebody approached him and
he should say if the Opposition
Leader asked him to give a wit-
He said there were grave
implications if Rowley knew
and he ought to have known,
given the facts.
Moonilal said Rowley had a
duty under the law to be fair
and impartial and not accord
preferential treatment to anyone
but he could not fulfil that and
inspire trust and confidence in
nominating his own witness to
the PCA post.
Moonilal draws out PCA director...
West must clear air
Moonilal also denied Rowley's allegations
that he "owned a mall in Holland."
Saying Rowley made accusations without
evidence and took mauvais langue and
"basket" people gave him and brought it to the
platform, he said he was accused of owning a
rum shop, a mansion and a mall in Holland.
Moonilal said he still lived in his mother's
house and didn't own a tulip or windmill in
Holland or even had gone there.
He said he once called a former professor
there to commiserate on his wife's death.
He said creating "mischief" without
substance was not the work of a prime
minister and if Rowley did that as Opposition
Leader, "what would you do as prime
Calling for explanations, Moonilal said he
had the deed to show Rowley acquired a One
Woodbrook Place apartment when he was
Planning Minister in a ministry that gave
property planning approval.
I OWN NO MALL
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