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Despite political parties having twice
signed the Code of Ethical Political Conduct,
their war of words has been marked by
dirty political games in the lead-up to the
2015 general election. The code, which sets
out to regulate the behaviour of political
parties, was signed last September and
again on Wednesday but has done little to
stem the venom.
As the mudslinging reached a new level,
one MP is forced to defend himself in the
face of accusations that, if proven, could lead
to criminal charges. While another is prom-
ising to resign if allegations against him are
found to be true.
Independent Liberal Party leader Jack
Warner found himself on the defensive after
a video recording was produced by the Peo-
ple s National Movement in which Roselyn
Alleyne, mother of Dr Keith Rowley s son
Garth Alleyne, stated that she was offered
money to say Rowley raped her years ago.
In the video, though certain names were
edited out, Warner could hear what sounded
like his name being called as the alleged fin-
ancier willing to pay Alleyne for her testimony
against Rowley. Warner immediately distanced
himself from the allegation.
Warner: It wasn't me
Warner said he did not make any financial
offer to Alleyne. Warner could hear what
sounded like his name being featured in the
video recording of Alleyne refuting allega-
tions that she was raped by Rowley some
46 years ago.
The video was released by the PNM
Women s League to defend Rowley against
allegations made by Minister in the Ministry
of the People and Social Development, Ver-
nella Alleyne-Toppin, during a motion of
censure debate brought against Rowley last
Though Alleyne-Toppin has since offered
a qualified apology, the PNM continues to
call for her resignation.
In the video recording, Alleyne (Roselyn)
claimed a "very close relative" and Alleyne-
Toppin visited her family offering money
for her to sign an affidavit in which it was
claimed that she was attacked by Rowley
and it resulted in the birth of his son.
There was an attempt to edit out Warner s
name, but Alleyne (Roselyn) could be heard
saying that she was told (what sounded like)
Warner had money and was willing to pay.
This, Warner said, is "outrageous" and
"dirty games" being played in the political
"Imagine this recording was in August
2014. I had already left that Government
and not only had my own party but had
already won the Chaguanas West seat with
my own party. Why in God s name would
they be using my name?" Warner said.
Warner said he also had an idea of who
was the real "money man" behind the offer.
"Like Garth Alleyne said, this tells you a
lot about the character of the people using
my name in this," Warner said.
The Sunday Guardian understands that
the people named in the seven-minute
recording could face charges of criminal
libel. One PNM insider confirmed that the
party was "not letting this end here" and
while they did not want to distract the coun-
try from the important national issues, the
party was not prepared to let matters be
swept under the rug.
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of State in the
Ministry of Gender,
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PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Meanwhile, another MP facing allegations
on the campaign platform, Housing Minister
Dr Roodal Moonilal, is seeking to eradicate all
speculation that he is linked to the
construction and ownership of a mall in the
Netherlands. In a text interview with the
Sunday Guardian on Thursday, Moonilal was
so confident of having no connection to the
mall that he promised to "resign from all
public offices" if Rowley could prove a link.
Moonilal has come under fire after it was
alleged that he constructed and owned a
mall in the Netherlands. "I am willing to
resign from all public offices if Rowley can
find five per cent truth in such scandalous
and irresponsible accusations," Moonilal said.
He said the long-running rumour was
started by Independent Liberal Party
chairman Jack Warner and he challenged
both Warner and the PNM to make the
accusations in public.
"They take basket from Jack and can never
say that in public," Moonilal said.
"This proves my case that Rowley is unfit
for high office by making such allegations
without not even fabricated evidence. How
can we trust a man who accuses people
without even the lies to back it up?" he said.
Moonilal also said he could not possibly
afford a mall since he was trying to purchase
an executive townhouse in Woodbrook and
could not afford that.
Analyst: It could get better if
they adhere to Code of conduct
One political analyst, Bishnu Ragoonath,
said yesterday the political landscape could
improve if the politicians adhered to the Code
of Ethical Conduct. After the sequence of
events following Alleyne-Toppin's debate
contribution last Wednesday, including her
qualified apology and the video recording of
Rowley's son and the son's mother,
Ragoonath said things might become more
"If they adhere to the Code of Ethics they
have to restrain themselves and their party
members," Ragoonath said.
Ragoonath said in his opinion, Alleyne-
Toppin's apology was "insufficient"
considering the allegations she made against
"But whether genuine or not an apology
came in a short time after the statement," he
Ragoonath does not think this latest
political battle would have an impact on the
general election, but only because the actual
election is some months away.
"I'm sure other issues are coming and in
the final weeks this may be forgotten," he
Code of conduct doesn't
stop 'dirty political games'
Jack denies offering $$
to mom of Rowley's child
Prove I own mall in
Netherlands and I'll
Moonilal: Rowley's accusations
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