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Twelve of 19 Diego Martin Central (DMC)
party groups and constituents will file a
motion of no confidence against the People s
National Movement (PNM) constituency
executive in two weeks.
Lobbying for the motion is former chairman
of DMC youth league and PRO of party group
number 14 Mikhail Garcia.
Disenchantment and dissatisfaction continue
to reign in the constituency days after the
PNM screening committee rejected incumbent
MP, Dr Amery Browne, as the candidate. They
said the party would lose grounds in the con-
stituency because Browne was rejected, are
now calling for him to face the polls as an
On Monday, the PNM selected Darryl Smith
to contest the seat.
Garcia said the constituency was hijacked
by its executive. "The unfortunate thing is
that the executive is supposed to be the voice
of the constituents, but they have been oper-
ating in a high-handed manner. We have lost
confidence in them following a decision they
made to expedite an AGM last year, which
wilfully disenfranchised many party members
Coming out of the motion, Garcia said they
would have to call an emergency executive
AGM which the party s central executive will
have to supervise.
However, general secretary of the PNM Ash-
ton Ford said MP for Diego Martin North/East
Colm Imbert had investigated the complaints
raised by the constituents.
"What nonsense they talking? I am not
taking any more nonsense from Diego Martin
Central. The people who are pursuing this are
people who are creating mischief."
Ford questioned why issues that happened
years ago were now being ventilated.
"I have no time to go back with all these
things that is in the past and was dealt with
by the central executive and general council.
All I can tell you is that whatever complaints
were made have been dealt with by the central
executive. As far as I am concerned, those
matters are closed."
Garcia said "corruption is being facilitated
by the hierarchy of the party," and he has
called for the screening process for that con-
stituency to be revisited.
Constituents in pain
On Wednesday, three elderly constituents
among several interviewed, openly shed tears
for Browne, who they described as a performer
and a people s person.
Clutching his chest, David Cudjoe, of Texeira
Street, urged Browne to go up as an inde-
"Browne will win if he goes up as an inde-
pendent because at least 90 per cent of the
constituents are in support of him. I will vote
for him," said Cudjoe, a PNM stalwart.
Cudjoe said when Browne was rejected by
the party the first time, a member on the cen-
tral executive told him their MP was not a
Had Browne been easy to control he would
have received the nod from the party, Cudjoe
"Browne does not stand for wrongdoing
and I think he has paid a heavy price for that.
When you stand up for the right thing you
Cudjoe also believes that Browne has the
potential to be a future PNM leader and prime
"I see him as a threat to Rowley. The man
is well-loved in the party."
Die-hard PNM supporter June Augustin,
one of 4,000 constituents who signed a peti-
tion in support of Browne prior to Monday s
screening, said her MP was not selected, in
her view, for three reasons.
"He is no puppet, stands for accountability,
and he s a Patrick Manning faithful. They
played a game with Browne. But you mark my
words, they will live to regret what they have
done. No Browne, no vote," she insisted.
Augustin felt the party has been making
She stated in an affidavit that last year, vice
chairman of the constituency executive, Irene
Hinds, described Browne as "a wicked man."
Friends Maria Fournillier and Alvin Narine
said the executive, many of whom work at
the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, hastily
convened an AGM last August 9, without giv-
ing party groups seven days notice.
There was also no returning officers present
at the AGM, which was held at Balisier House
instead of the constituency office.
Fournillier said the AGM prevented the
formation of five party groups, the majority
of which would have supported Browne s
"New party groups that made requests to
the executive for facilitation of their AGM
were given spurious excuses. Long before
nomination took place we heard that Smith
was the party s choice. There is a lot of talk
on the ground that Browne should go up as
an independent. I think he should stay in the
party and fight it out," Fournillier said.
Continues on Page A7
...constituents call for Amery to contest as an independent
'Diego Central no
safe seat for PNM' MIKHAIL GARCIA
Diego Martin resident Dawn Pierre shares her views during
an interview in her home last Thursday. INSET: Alvin Narine
in tears over the rejection of Dr Amery Browne.
PHOTOS: JEFF MAYERS
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