Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 1st 2015 Contents B16
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 1, 2015
Last Monday evening in the Tunapuna
constituency, Caura Road was busy with
pedestrians going to and from home.
With an electorate of just over 26,000 which
increased from 24,400 in its 36 divisions, the
seat is one of the most diverse in T&T, an
eastern hub of business and suburban resi-
dential areas, all levels of classes and strong
political pockets of PNM and PP supporters.
PNM candidate Esmond Ford who started
walking the area two weeks ago, has done a
third of the seat, his campaign manager said.
Other parties are to announce candidates
and if they are to contest Tunapuna where
PP/COP MP Winston Dookeran has been the
MP since the PP s 2010 East-West Corridor
Politics is the last thing on the minds of
some of those approached to talk about it. But
for a few who deigned to, their minds are made
"Madame, I going to give the lady (Kamla
Persad-Bissessar) another chance, yes. Look
the MP office right dong dere," says a mid-
dle-aged male who lives on Caura Road.
"She s the only one, maybe after Williams,
who really getting things done in this country.
She better than Bas and Ramesh and all ah
He s standing near a shop chatting with a
younger man, but continues:
"I working in the government service all
these years, I now seeing things happening.
So it ent really have need for change in the
MP here from what I see.
"PNM never do nothing for this area in all
the 55 years I m living here but we really have
one big problem around here.
"The media should just come and see what
is happening here every day when Eldo Blue
and Eldo brown (the senior and comprehensive)
schools finish and them children start walking
down the road... they terrorise people.
"They is be calling we coolie and Indian and
all kinda thing and boastin they from Laventille
and nobody could do them nothing.
"Look the police last week had to be stopping
maxis and putting them in to get them off the
streets... is just badjohnism. That s the main
problem here and is not even from around
The young man standing with him agrees:
"Just last week, they pelt a bottle at my
car as some of them was coming down the
road. My car was just parked up.
"They look to scratch up people cars parked
on the road too. They wouldn t take the regular
transport and they wait for other maxis. Some
taximen complaining that the girls who jump
in their cars tell them they would scream rape
if they charge them."
A middle-aged bespectacled woman says
she has not lived in Tunapuna long enough to
speak about the politics and is voting else-
However, another who gives her name as
Margaret Chanpak and who is returning home,
says without hesitation:
"I m neither here nor there it... yeah, I think
the country going OK... but I feel we need to
change the Government... why? Well, due to
the missteps... well, everything... what dey
leaving for the next generation? Doh take no
picture of me, I just come from keep fit."
Further on another young woman gives her
age as 24 but dismisses the issue with a smile:
"Nah, I don t really follow politics."
It s a phrase more than a few say that night.
Two middle-aged women in traditional Indian
garb on their way to a prayer meeting are also
"I doh have no comment on this politics,"
"No thanks," says the other.
"I not too long move here," says another
who was approached.
However, a pony-tailed bespectacled Pedro
Garcia has a lot to say. He says he listens to
a lot of talk shows and seems to be following
"Do we want change round here? Well,
there s always something more that can be
done. It always have need to improve. Remem-
ber things always change, eh."
Although he wasn t on the scene where the
first few men complained of "schoolchildren
terrorism" he voices similar complaints:
"This is the biggest problem around here.
Those schoolchildren always waiting for special
car and they don t want to take the bus. The
police had to come the other day and rounds
them up and put them on transport to break
up the congregating. That s the real problem
Garcia says he has never liked the PNM and
wouldn t wish to change Dookeran.
"I never vote PNM. I like the UNC, their
performance is performance and as they say
performance beat ole talk anytime. I can t say
otherwise but the newspapers, oh lord, and
dat CNC3! Making you listen to comesse. They
not objective, pulling down the Government.
My mother used to say there s a difference
between being objective and being spiteful."
Garcia doesn t believe in polls. He says a
woman came around to his home recently and
in questioning his companion on a poll, begged
her to "be 40" because the category the woman
was sampling concerned 40-year-olds.
"She didn t want to walk around and find
people 40 years and just wanted to say my
wife was 40. She was asking question about
drinks and other things beside politics but said
the poll was only for women.
"So I can t believe in polls because I seeing
how some people doing it. Polls can be rigged
for a certain response," he adds.
Garcia doesn t believe the PNM can win
Tunapuna. "They better be careful they don t
lose Laventille!" he laughs. "People ent stupid
like long time, look at Twiggy (former PNM
supporter) now with the UNC."
What about allegations against the PP?
"That s just allegations... a person ent inno-
cent until proven guilty anymore? You judge
somebody before a trial? That s just to get
political mileage but Manning warn the people
about Rowley," he says.
Stephen Lewis, playing football nearby and
who s been listening to Garcia, wants to have
Lewis, 19, says he is from St Augustine
constituency but visits Tunapuna often.
Lewis, who says he will be voting for the
first time, says if he lived there, he will vote
for Ford since he impresses him or if NNV
or Bas or Ramesh send up a candidate, I go
"I doh like the UNC. Last election I fol-
lowed the COP. I like Dookeran but I doh like
Prakash (Ramadhar)... he s a sellout. COP
died because of Prakash but if COP gets a
new leader they might revive."
Westward on Tunapuna Road, a youthful
looking Carl, 67, whose mixed background
is synonymous with the area s heritage, is
walking his granddaughter home. He s free
with his views:
"They should keep this government, man.
You ent see them (PP) working all over the
place, not only here?
"They doing things in this area, all over
T&T. I don t really support parties eh, but if
you re doing things, really getting them done,
I support that."
After he leaves, 32-year-old Tony also
heading home, says he finds representation
poor. Specifically: "The PP not doing anything
about drainage. These drains flood when rain
come. The volume of water too much for the
He s silent on any responsibility by the
PNM-controlled Tunapuna Corporation.
But he adds: "Also I find the PP on TV too
much... less talk more action... but I doh
really vote. Is only the day I might make up
my mind but is the lies I can t handle."
Heading out of Tunapuna on the Eastern
Main Road just pass the market, a small gro-
cery operator says when approached: "No,
no, no! we not buying anything, (you selling)
we closing up now."
Down in Auzonville, Aziz, 43, en route
home, says he doesn t share his political views,
"That s my business, we go ole talk and every-
thing but I never ever tell people how I feel
on that but I have my feelings."
Further west in northern Curepe where
Miss Muriel is closing up, she says: "Darlin ,
we have to watch what everybody saying. I
see the (PNM) meeting up here the other
night but I doh bother bout elections... dat
is see bout itself."
ON THE MARGIN---TUNAPUNA
Residents have already
made up their minds
'I'm going to give Kamla
'I feel we need to
change the Govt'
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