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If there is any wrongdoing in the Children s
Life Fund the culprits will be punished, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar assured T&T
She said so at the official sod-turning ceremony
of Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and
Republic Bank Ltd s Carlton Lane Housing Project,
San Fernando, as she responded to Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley s claim about the cor-
ruption in the administration of the fund.
Rowley made the claims of mismanagement
of funds in the programme during a political
meeting in Belmont on Wednesday night, saying
they had documentation to prove it. (See Page
A11)Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar said the fund was
a promise made during her 2010 election campaign
to help children with life-saving surgeries and
did not originate from a prior plan from any pre-
vious government and she was proud of its success.
She added: "The project has been going very
well and now there are reports that they now
saying that monies have been disappropriated or
"Any, any, any allegation of monies that we
have put forward and has been donated to that
Life Fund to save the lives of children will be of
the gravest concern to me.
"And therefore I say should there be any wrong-
doing then whoever has done such wrongdoing
will be punished."
Saying she had donated over $200,000 from
her own salary to the fund over the past five years,
"If there are allegations of wrongdoing then
we want to know what they are and the culprits
will be brought to bear because they not just talk-
ing anybody money, they also taking my money
and everyone who was in the Partnership Gov-
ernment also contributed five per cent of their
salary every month into the Children s Life Fund."
Persad-Bissessar said she had also asked for a
review of the legislation with a view to expand
the criteria to allow more children to benefit from
Saying the public-private partnership initiative
in the housing sector was a first, Housing Minister
Dr Roodal Moonilal said the country could look
forward to 20,000 housing units next year.
Recalling that 60 families who previously occu-
pied units at Carlton Lane were relocated to anoth-
er HDC development in Corinth, Moonilal said
the Carlton Lane project would comprise 80 units.
Republic Bank s managing director David Dulal-
Whiteway described the initiative as a very fruitful
beginning with tremendous potential.
Kamla on Children's Fund:
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
says she has a neighbour named Christian
Gokool but to her knowledge he has never
received any Government contracts.
Also responding to Independent Liberal
Party leader Jack Warner s questions on
whether there were at least three drug finds
in 2013 at he home at Philippine, San Fer-
nando, Persad-Bissessar said Warner was
She said so yesterday as she responded
to Warner s claims, at a cottage meeting at
Embacadere, San Fernando, on Wednesday
During his speech, Warner spoke about
the 2013 alleged marijuana find and ques-
tioned whether there were more than what
was confirmed by the police. He also gave
Persad-Bissessar two weeks to tell the nation
who "Christian" was.
Interviewed by reporters following the
sod-turning of the Housing Development
Corporation and Republic Bank s Carlton
Lane Housing Project yesterday, Persad-
Bissessar said Warner needed to be more
specific because she knew several "Chris-
"I do not know which "Christian" he is
speaking about so we await his words," she
But asked by reporters if Warner may
have be referring to Christian Gokool, she
said: "Oh yes, that name is familiar to me.
In fact, Christian Gokool is my neighbour
at the Philippine residence, one of the prop-
erties next door belongs to him, his father
and his wife."
Asked if Gokool was a recipient of Gov-
ernment contracts, she replied: "Not to my
knowledge that Mr Gokool has received any
government contract. I am not aware of any
Told that Warner was also questioning
whether marijuana was in fact found three
times on her premises and not once as con-
firmed by the police, Persad-Bissessar said:
"Mr Warner is delusional, quite frankly.
There is something that says he who alleges
must prove and I await Mr Warner to prove
any of the allegations that he has made.
"If it is that the police have reported
something was found there fine, the police
is investigating that, go ahead.
"Mr Warner said I was in New York (April)
12 (2013). I could hold up my passport to
you and show I left the country on the
(April) 14 (2013), so now he is shifting the
goalpost at every single moment, shifting
the dates. I think he is delusional, quite
She suggested that reporters ask Warner
why he resigned the day after she returned
to the country.
But speaking at a political meeting in La
Brea last night, Warner again stuck to his
guns on the claim, saying he had given the
PM two weeks to say who Christian is or
he would. He said if the People s Partnership
believed he was bluffing they could wait
until the time passed and he would deliver
the bombshell if they did not.
PM says 'Christian' lives next door...
Persad-Bissessar also denied asking
Warner if she should resign after the
marijuana was allegedly found.
"Of course not. I have gone through
five years of office with people calling
upon me to resign every day. Would I
ask someone if I should resign? No...
totally not true."
Reiterating she was not aware of the
marijuana find in 2013, she said when
the report came about it she felt
horrified and very disturbed.
"The report speaks to a point in my
premises which is like hundreds of yards
away. it is way out.
"I have no control of that part of my
premises, no direct control. It is in fact
under the control of police, soldiers,
other workers, Special Branch... they
have control of those portions of the
premises," she added.
Told that Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley had said the easiest way for her
to end that was to say she did not
smoke marijuana, she was asked if she
ever smoked marijuana.
"I think he might be high when he
asked that question," she replied.
Persad-Bissessar also said people
were not foolish and she did not believe
anyone in the country thought Warner
could become prime minister but noted
the people would decide on September
RESIGNATION CLAIM FALSE
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, centre, along with Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal, right, Republic Bank's managing director, David Dulal-Whiteway, second from
right, Republic Bank Ltd chairman Ronald Harford and Public Administration Minister
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan turn the sod for the Carlton Lane Housing Project, San
Fernando, yesterday. At left is Finance Minister Larry Howai. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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