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for 26TH MARCH, 2015
A qualified apology by Minister of State
in the Ministry of the People, Vernella
Alleyne-Toppin, over comments she made
about People s National Movement (PNM)
leader Dr Keith Rowley has failed to quiet
the chorus of calls for her resignation.
PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi and St Joseph
MP Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday joined
its Women s League and other social and
civil bodies chastising Alleyne-Toppin and
calling for her resignation.
Speaking at a media conference at Balisier
House, Port-of-Spain, the two described
her words as "crass" and "baseless" and
called for her immediate resignation.
They said Rowley was in Tobago and was
"disgusted" by what Alleyne-Toppin had
said about his alleged past after the PNM
walked out of the debate of no confidence
against him on Wednesday.
"Mrs Alleyne-Toppin s outburst yesterday
was calculated. It was not one of chance.
It is a well practiced speech on her part, so
she cannot hide behind the facade that she
was in some sort of emergency mode."
"She sank to the lowest level of crassness
this country has ever seen in all of its inde-
pendence. Crassness to a degree that should
not be tolerated and we should be calling
for her resignation as a Minister of the
People and she should resign her seat as a
parliamentary representative, because you
do not represent people in such a crass,
baseless manner," Deyalsingh said.
bombshell today Al-Rawi and Deyalsingh also said the PNM planned
to drop a bomb today that would eradicate all the
rumours and scrutiny placed on Rowley s private life.
Al-Rawi confirmed that Rowley did in fact have
a child before he was married and was the "proud
father" of 46-year-old Garth Alleyne.
Alleyne, Al-Rawi said, was also married and has
a young child and they were all present at Rowley s
daughter s wedding last year. He said Garth Alleyne
was already 12 years old and in school when Rowley
first entered politics and after decades, it was only
now that his private life is bandied about by this
Government. "Everybody knows about Dr Rowley s
son," Al-Rawi said.
Al-Rawi yesterday challenged Alleyne-Toppin's
"It is an inveterate, unadulterated lie that she
has told to the Parliament," he said, calling on
her to stop being a 'coward' and make her
comments outside of parliamentary privilege so
she could be sued by the PNM.
"This issue of rape, we are going to deal
squarely with tomorrow (today) and God help
those wicked souls who have engaged in
maligning and telling ridiculous lies to this
country. We are going to lay it bare tomorrow,"
He said the bombshell would answer the
questions of why Alleyne-Toppin was telling so
many "lies" about Rowley's private life, his wife
He highlighted that House Speaker Wade
Mark made no intervention during her
contribution, even granting permission to use a
picture as a prop. He said Government members
seemed in support of her words by thumping
their desks during the contribution.
"There was a very conspicuous silence by one
(Prime Minister) Kamla Persad-Bissessar," Al-
Rawi said, adding that Persad-Bissessar
"congratulated" Alleyne-Toppin after her
"Tomorrow's revelation is going to scandalise
this country. It will demonstrate to this country
that the Prime Minister is not all that she
makes herself out to be if she presides over
people like Mrs Alleyne-Toppin the way she did,"
He said today's bombshell would show
evidence of criminal conduct and other very
serious matters that Alleyne-Toppin and the
rest of the Government would have to answer
to. He promised "documentary and video
evidence" of material that the citizens would
want to see.
In calling for Vernella to resign...
On Wednesday during her
contribution to the motion of no
confidence against Rowley, Alleyne-
Toppin made reference to decades-old
incidents, including that he was the
product of a rape and knew of a
planned gang-rape of another young
girl who also bore a child out of that
According to the unrevised Hansard,
Alleyne-Toppin said if Rowley was
present during the debate she would
have asked him several questions,
including if he knew "of any teacher at
Roxborough Secondary School who
was a tenant at his house on Chapel
Street in Charlotteville or was he a
tenant of this house in Charlotteville?"
She said she would also question
Rowley on whether he knew of a
planned "four-man sampat" for an
unsuspecting young girl.
"Did he know that the girl was
kidnapped and kept detained for four
hours against her will? Did he know
that an inappropriate evil encounter
resulted in the conception and birth of
a boy child? I would ask him: Does he
know who is the father of that boy
Alleyne-Toppin then said that she
was not speaking from "stories," but
noted she shared a lineage with the
Alleyne family and was speaking to
matters involving her family.
"That is my father's name and I am
from that stock, that excellent
Methodist family, the Alleyne clan from
Charlotteville," she added.
PNM PRO Faris
to members of
the media at
Looking on is
PNM's St Joseph
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