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In light of allegations being made by former
National Security Minister and Chaguanas West
MP Jack Warner that he financed the United
National Congress s 2010 election campaign, a
forensic audit will now be launched to investigate
whether Warner used party funds for his per-
So said Prime Minister and UNC leader Kamla
Persad-Bissessar yesterday, as she fielded questions
from the media on Warner s latest allegations
against her party at her private residence at SS
Erin Road, Phillipine, yesterday. She was at the
time planting trees in her yard in observance of
the Corpus Christi holiday.
"Any allegations about me I place in the hands
of my lawyers and secondly, with all these indict-
ments on Mr Warner, the UNC will have to run
a forensic audit to see whether UNC funds were
used for the personal benefit of Mr Warner," Per-
Warner has released and printed copies in his
weekly newspaper of cheques he alleges were
paid to the firm Ross Advertising in 2010 for the
UNC s campaign drive totalling to over $1.7 million.
During a meeting in Marabella on Wednesday
night, he also alleged that he made payments to
the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) and
funded colleagues personal activities.
Responding to claims Warner s claims that he
had funded the UNC s 2010 election campaign,
Persad-Bissessar said, "With respect to the Fifa
link to campaign funding, the party will put out
a release on that, but I deny any Fifa funding of
the UNC campaign and the People s Partner-
Asked if the party would have known if Fifa
funds were being used in the campaign, Persad-
Bissessar replied, "No one would have known if
it was Fifa funding at the time, but look I have
cheques in my possession where people made
donations to the UNC, but they were co-mingled
and run through some account named Jamad or
something, but I ll say no more...the party will
take up those issues."
Dusting her hands together, Persad-Bissessar
said, "I am not concerned, I keep saying my hands
are clean and my heart is pure. I, Kamla, received
no monies from Mr Warner."
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T&T Football Association (TTFA) pres-
ident, Raymond Tim Kee is now corrob-
orating at least part of the claims by former
Fifa vice-president, Caribbean Football
union president and TTFF adviser Jack
Warner that he (Warner) funded the Peo-
ple s Partnership 2010 general election
There is currently a war of words between
Warner and the People s Partnership over
his claims that he funded the party s election
campaign with money sourced through his
While Warner is stickling to those claims
and has allegedly provided information to
a group of attorneys to prove this, the UNC
continues to deny the claim.
But speaking exclusively to the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Tim Kee said he knew
for a fact that former Warner used his own
money to fund at least one UNC event
which he (Tim Kee) had knowledge of.
Tim Kee was referring to an invoice he
allegedly received from a popular hotel and
conference centre in Port-of-Spain which
had billed the TTFA for a "UNC Banquet
Although initially admitting to not really
wanting to let the "cat-out-of-the-bag,"
Tim Kee said, "I don t want to make it an
issue yet. I have to find the document first."
He added, "I know of this because with
the invoice were some notes which indicated
Tim Kee also assured that he knew for
a fact that Warner took money from the
TTFF which went straight to the UNC.
"The man took our money and gave it
to politics," he said.
Tim Kee said Warner was committed to
the UNC cause in 2010.
"Knowing Mr Warner as I do, he does
not give up until he comes to the end of
his effort and all strategies, for which he is
well known, were applied in that effort to
put the UNC party into power," he said,
saying he was sure Warner used the monies
he would have acquired from Fifa to spend
in the 2010 election.
"I would think it is public knowledge
when he became chairman, he had a goal
and that goal was to take the UNC party
into government," he said.
Forensic audit of
Tim Kee sees invoice for UNC banquet
Jack used our $ to pay bill
SIMILAR FOOTBALL STRATEGY
Tim Kee explained that Warner had a
similar behaviour and strategy in
football and in the earlier years
mortgaged his house in a bid to raise
money for football and to take care of
some other expenses in relation to the
"That was the sort of passion he
(Warner) had demonstrated over the
years for local football. What happens
subsequent to those years I am not in a
position to converse on and comment,"
During an address to the nation on
Wednesday night, Warner, a former
national security minister and now
political leader of the Independent
Liberal Party, reiterated that there was
a link between Fifa's millions and the
PP's 2010 campaign.
He disclosed that he had compiled a
series of cheques and supporting
documents that would corroborate his
financial support to the PP's successful
general campaign in 2010. The
documents, Warner said, were already
in the hands of attorneys.
Warner is currently out on $2.5
million bail after he appeared in the
Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court on
charges of corruption and racketeering
conspiracy in relation to his dealings
with Fifa, stemming out of an
indictment by the US government,
which is now seeking to extradite him
to the US to face those charges.
ILP political leader Jack
supporters during a
meeting at Battoo
Street, Marabella, on
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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