Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 9th 2015 Contents RICHARD LORD
Claiming there was "dictatorship" in
the Diego Martin Central constituency
executive, scores of angry People's National
Movement (PNM) members forced a
scheduled meeting of the executive to be
shifted to a different venue yesterday.
The meeting had been called to weigh
fresh candidate options to go before the
PNM screening committee in the wake of
the rejection last week of incumbent MP
But the constituents, reportedly upset at
Browne s general election snub by the Diego
Martin executive, reportedly disrupted the
meeting at the Diamond Vale Community
Centre, forcing the executive to move to a
new venue due to the uncomfortable sit-
uation in which they were put.
Sources told the T&T Guardian that
Browne, who got no votes from the Diego
Martin executive during the screening
process, was neither aware of the meeting
nor was he invited to it.
But a vocal group of supporters said they
got word of the meeting via a text message
and felt it was necessary to attend.
The mainly female group which assembled
outside the community centre said they
were initially told it was a constituency
meeting and felt they should attend to voice
their anger over Browne s rejection but they
said when they entered the facility they
were told that it was not a constituency
meeting but a meeting of the executive.
Not wanting any confrontation or bac-
chanal, Irene Hinds, vice chair of the con-
stituency and PNM operations officer, and
others left for the nearby office of Diamond
Vale councillor Gail La Touche, where they
conducted the meeting.
Constituency member Emerita Sambrano
said they were supporting Browne because
he remained a "very hard working MP."
Another party supporter shouted: "We
Later the group shouted: "Dictators!"
Another upset member, Joy Belfon, said
it was "unfair" for the executive to control
the process in the manner it did. She said
the constituency was not only two or three
people, adding the "dictatorship" must not
be allowed to continue.
"The dictatorship has to stop," she
demanded as others all applauded.
She insisted: "What goes around will
come back around 500 million times with
a different force."
She stressed there was "dictatorship in
"Why must one set of people dictate who
represents us in Diego Martin Central?"
another supporter shouted.
The executive meeting ended shortly
before 8 pm.
Chairman of the constituency Osborne
Charles offered "no comment" as he depart-
ed.But Hinds said: "We had an executive
meeting to decide where we go from here."
She said what was discussed at the meet-
ing was private and the chairmen and sec-
retaries of all party groups in the Diego
Martin constituency would be told of their
The constituency was given until Monday
to find a new candidate.
8 Thursday, April 9, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Dr Keith Rowley paid
a private visit to the
Diego Martin Region-
al Corporation late
Tuesday night to
probe issues and
against its chairman
Darryl Smith during
screening for the
Diego Martin Central
Insiders at the Diego
Martin Regional Corporation said yesterday Rowley
expressed a concern about allegations of misman-
agement of funds at the corporation, which was
allegedly raised at the screening stage for selection
for the Diego Martin Central seat.
The T&T Guardian was informed that Rowley
and Member for Diego Martin North East, Colm
Imbert, visited the regional corporation and also
met with several councillors for the area that same
While Rowley confirmed yesterday he was there,
Imbert did not respond to questions on the mat-
ter.However, Rowley denied that he was there to
investigate allegations of embezzlement.
"That is a total lie," he said in a text response
He did, however, confirm that the visit was to
probe information the screening committee received.
"We met with councillors to check on information
put to the screening committee. Our interest was
to assess the effectiveness and leadership of Mr
Smith as a chairman of the corporation and the
kind of management relationship he had with var-
ious councillors in the corporation," Rowley said.
The PNM screening committee is expected to
reconvene on Monday. The Diego Martin Central
Committee has until then to find a new batch of
contenders for the Diego Martin Central seat after
incumbent Dr Amery Browne received no votes
from the committee last Thursday.
Smith, who also contested the position, topped
the shortlist with just two nods of approval out of
an 18-member committee.
It has since been reported that the PNM has
left the door open for Browne to return for screen-
ing. Browne has also indicated he is prepared to
re-offer himself for the position he has held for
We are hurting
GETTING IT RIGHT
The T&T Guardian acknowledges that the
statement "St Clair served six years in jail for his
crime...," which appeared in the daily edition of the
T&T Guardian on Friday, January 28, 2005, was
incorrect. Mr Garth St Clair had in fact duly served
six months in jail. It is regrettable that this
inaccuracy occurred. The T&T Guardian apologises
for any inconvenience caused.
A photo on yesterday's front page yesterday
incorrectly identified Keron Adams as one of the
officers who appeared in the Sangre grande
Magistrates Court charged with misbehaviour in
public office on Tuesday. Adams was not one of
the officers involved in the matter. Our apologies
to Mr Adams for error and any inconvenience
issues in Diego
Constituents rally for Browne...
Contacted last night, Browne declined
However, Browne said last week that
although he respected the decision of
the screening committee he intended to
run again and hoped "that ultimately the
best decision will be made."
"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 Trinidad and Tobago remain as
strong and binding today as ever before,"
he said. He did say, however, that he was
still very committed to the party.
"Diego Martin Central remains critical
to the fortunes of the People's National
Movement in this coming election and I
am committed to playing a role in
ensuring our success," he added.
Also contacted last night, PNM general
secretary Ashton Ford said the executive
meeting was called because the
members had a limited time to do its
work. It was given until Monday to find a
new candidate to be screened for the
seat, he added.
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Nigel Phillip, of
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assisted out of
Dr Keith Rowley
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