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April 5, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Supporters of Dr Amery
Browne have taken to social media
to express their displeasure with
the People s National Movement
screening committee s rejection
of the incumbent Diego Martin
An online petition, as well as
criticism of the PNM executive,
coloured Browne's Facebook page
yesterday, as news spread that he
had been rejected by the party.
On Thursday night, Browne,
together with incumbent MPs Ali-
cia Hospedales and Fitzgerald Jef-
frey, was rejected by the screening
committee at Balisier House.
Yesterday, however, PNM sec-
retary Ashton Ford clarified media
reports which suggested that
Browne was rejected by the screen-
He said, rather, it was the 18
members of the Diego Martin Cen-
tral constituency executive who
had not supported Browne's return.
The incumbent MP received not
a single vote from the executive,
whereas the next best candidate,
Darryl Smith, mustered only two
votes; hence the screening com-
mittee's decision to give the con-
stituency executive extra time to
seek more options.
Browne, who posted a statement
on his Facebook page following his
rejection, thanked supporters for
their love and support.
He said, "My life has been one
of service to the less-fortunate
since long before I entered politics,
and my commitment and sense of
duty to my constituents and to the
people of T&T remain as strong
and binding today as ever before."
But one supporter started an
online campaign on Browne's Face-
book page to have the PNM return
him as the MP of choice for the
forthcoming general election and
urged others to sign it.
Another likened Browne to Jesus
Christ, saying he had been "cru-
cified on Good Friday."
"What a privilege God has given
to you, to be crucified by your own
party on this Holy day. This means
that God has a Resurrection in store
"I knew there was a reason that
you are so loved. You have God's
favour upon you. I look forward to
see what God has in store for you
and for all of us who love you," she
Even former People's Partnership
St Joseph MP Herbert Volney took
to Browne's Facebook page to com-
ment on his rejection.
"Stand up and fight. Never sur-
render," Volney posted.
Another supporter questioned
if Browne's supporters were "going
to sit back and accept this?"
"Are people going to be PNM
till they die' when we see such
"Mr Amery Browne has been a
hardworking, caring and Hon-
ourable MP. So we the constituents
have no say to retain such an indi-
vidual that has gone over and
beyond?" she asked in her post.
Another posted, "First Donna
Cox and Hypolite, Now Amery
Browne, looks like someone is get-
ting rid of all who may have secretly
Many also offered prayers and
words of comfort to Browne.
Calls to Browne's cellphone, as
well as text messages, went unan-
swered yesterday, as the Sunday
Guardian tried to find out his feel-
ings about the overwhelming sup-
port and disappointment expressed
by his supporters. However, he has
indicated his intention to face the
screening committee again.
Moonilal sorry for some
Beetham Gardens resident Natalie Roberts receives keys to her new home and a
kiss from Housing and Urban Development Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal during a
Housing Development Corporation key distribution ceremony at the Beetham
Gardens, Laventille, yesterday. Roberts will be celebrating her birthday today.
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Leader of Government Business Dr
Roodal Moonilal says the People s
National Movement s (PNM) rejection
of several of its sitting MPs is regret-
"It is strange that these people who
are being rejected are the people who
I found to be very good representatives.
They are the ones who harass me, as
they should, and make strong repre-
sentation for their constituents to ben-
efit for housing, Cepep and grants. It
Moonilal made the comment fol-
lowing a Housing Development Cor-
poration (HDC) key distribution cer-
emony at Beetham Gardens, Laventille.
On Friday, the PNM rejected incum-
bents Dr Amery Browne (Diego Martin
Central), Alicia Hospedales
(Arouca/Maloney) and Fitzgerald Jeffrey
(La Brea) as candidates for the forth-
coming general election.
Yesterday, Moonilal said MPs Browne,
Nileung Hypolite and Donna Cox were
known for chasing him down to get
help for their communities, and Jeffrey
had raised 1,000 questions in Parlia-
ment for the people of La Brea.
"I have great respect for those
incumbents," he said.
Asked if the rejection could weaken
the PNM's chances at the polls, Mooni-
lal said he could not say because he
was unfamiliar with some of the new
"There is a lot of talk that the rejec-
tion of Mr Browne has to do with the
elevation of a Gerry something... I don't
know if they are pulling a jerry on the
people of Diego Martin Central. It could
well be that they might get a jerry
Moonilal also responded to Inde-
pendent Liberal Party leader Jack Warn-
er, who said in a statement Friday that
he believed the HDC's increased dis-
tribution of houses was a scheme to
help manipulate votes in some con-
"I want to ask Mr Warner, when he
distributed 365 HDC units when he
was in the Government, if that was an
election ploy as well. Mr Warner and
his family have also benefited from the
Ministry of Housing and that was not
an election ploy."
Yesterday, 12 residents of the Beetham
community received keys to two- and
three-bedroom apartments, which cost
the HDC $3 million. In the coming
months, Moonilal said, the HDC would
build an additional 24 apartments.
Thereafter, another 48 apartments
would be constructed on a phased basis.
"This will form part of our renewal
programme. In the Beetham community
we have been working with these res-
idents to break down their old shacks
and properties and slowly rebuild. What
you see here is the beginning," Moonilal
A teenager is currently warded
under police guard at the
Women s Hospital in Mt Hope.
It is believed the girl is connected
to the discovery of the body of a
newborn baby girl.
According to a police report, the
baby was found lying on the bath-
room floor of the Squadron Club
House at the Henry Street, Arouca,
The newborn babe, police said,
had a sheet partly in her mouth
and covering the face. The placenta
was still attached to the tiny body.
Homicide officers who visited
the scene received information and
went to the Women's Hospital in
Mount Hope, where they met a
16-year-old girl who fitted the
description they got. The girl was
said to be in the company of her
Police said she was seen at the
Squadron club house on Thursday.
An autopsy is to be conducted
on the baby.
Cops guard teen after baby found dead
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