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Constituents of Moruga/Tableland say
despite the little development within their
electoral district, they are forced to live with
the reality of neglect.
Many said over the decades, even as the
constituency passes from one political palm
to another, little has changed in their daily
lives, some live without water, others without
electricity and their board houses are as aged
as their individual lives.
"That s the problem, they neglected Moruga.
You ain t see how dilapidated it is coming
down the road?" said 67-year-old Anthony
Padella, a PNM diehard pins under-devel-
opment squarely on the shoulders of those
elected to serve.
Padella is a Moruga son of the soil. He has
been a farmer for most of his life.
He lives in a board house without electricity
on the Moruga Main Road. He said his demise
is purely due to circumstances "when you
really didn t have nothing to build yourself
and as a farmer, you come more like a pau-
Padella said while he searched for better-
ment---switching political allegiance was not
"Nothing can change my vote because party
come, party go, it s the same thing over and
over again. Through the years we never get
nothing... they never do nothing for Moruga"
But experience has taught him to live without
Padella and the other members of his house-
hold use pitch oil, lamp and flambeau and a
cold beverage comes at the behest of one of
his better off neighbours. "Well, I ask the
neighbour who have ice and sometimes I put
my chicken by the neighbour," he said.
(See Page B27).
ON THE MARGIN --- MORUGA/TABLELAND
Residents: Living with
the reality of neglect
'Nothing has changed from one political palm to another'
Moruga/Tableland---a place des-
perate for stability, yet clamouring
for change. That was the general
view of many of the constituents in
2010 when Clifton De Coteau was
voted in as their MP.
Two and a half years before the
snap poll on May 24, 2010, De Coteau
was defeated by the PNM s candidate,
Peter Taylor, in 2007.
However, two and a half years
seemed to be enough to get residents
disenchanted with their representative
as they booed at Taylor.
These residents stated that not only
was Taylor s representation inade-
quate, but that they had lost faith in
During a meeting, as Taylor passed
by, residents crossed their arms in a
sign of an X in the infamous "do
so" gesture that Percy Villafana did
when then PNM prime minister
Patrick Manning conducted a walk-
about in the St Joseph constituency.
"We are against Mr Taylor 100 per
cent because he did nothing for us
here. We are voting him out," one res-
ident had told a local news station
back in 2010.
That booing did not seem to deter
Taylor as he told reporters that he
still had faith that the people would
vote for the PNM.
"Not because you hear persons
voicing their opinions--as they have
a right to do, means that they are not
going to vote for the PNM," Taylor
However, shortly after that booing
incident, Taylor was replaced for the
MP candidate with Augustus Thomas
for the candidate for Moruga/Table-
land. It was reported that Taylor had
dropped out of the race.
When Taylor subsequently resigned
as the MP for the area, that too did
not seem to satisfy the constituents
who proceeded to plan protests to
bring Taylor back.
Like the recent poll conducted by
H.H.B & Associates, in 2010 the con-
stituents of Princes Town
South/Tableland said they have con-
cerns about unemployment. They also
expressed their desire to have recre-
This recent polls shows that 48
per cent of the people polled were
concerned about unemployment.
However, the most pressing matter
is infrastructure which ranked at 63
When De Coteau ran as the UNC
candidate in 2010 he was cautioned
that the residents may not vote the
PNM out of their seat.
In response he had said, "When,
you feel your band is the best band.
But this seat is a true marginal. It
could swing either way."
Constituency voting in 2010
A vegetable vendor offers bodi for sale in Grand Chemin, Moruga.
PNM diehard Anthony speaks during an interview at his home with a news team from CNC3.
PHOTOS: TIMOTHY CHASTEAU
UNC supporter Zahara Mohammed carries water in a bucket to her home.
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