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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
says her party s former chairman, now
"arch nemesis," Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) leader Jack Warner, cried like a baby
when she demanded his letter of resig-
nation in 2013 and instructed him to clear
But she asserted she was a strong woman
and all of his current lies and fabrications
against her would not make her cry.
"I tell you, this woman no cry. This
woman will not cry, will never cry," she
said as she boasted of her strength as a
woman during a United National Congress
cottage meeting in the Oropouche East
constituency on Tuesday night.
Revealing details previously unknown to
the public, Persad-Bissessar said when she
demanded Warner s resignation after the
Sir David Simmonds Concacaf report, he
(Warner) asked for seven more days but
"He swore he will do everything he could
to take down my Government but we have
stood strong. We have stood tall and we
will continue to stand," she said.
The PM s statement came hours after
Warner released another tape at a press
conference in Port-of-Spain, which he
claimed allegedly told of "sleaze, graft, cor-
ruption, sexual misconduct and misbe-
haviour in public office" arising out of an
alleged incident at the Diplomatic Centre
Shrugging off Warner s allegations once
again, the PM said her strength and gender,
plus the fact that she fired him, had him
angry and delusional.
"I formed a government in 2010 and I
did my best to ensure that we delivered
and when ministers failed they were sacked.
I do not apologise for that.
"I am a woman and I am strong. He
cannot handle that. The first female prime
minister I am of this very great nation and
so he resents my gender, he does not respect
the office I hold and that is not an insult
just to me, it is an insult to the people of
Trinidad and Tobago and every woman of
Trinidad and Tobago," she added.
She said he was delusional "because he
knows for a fact that he cannot overthrow
me and I have refused every of his attempts
to control and to influence me."
Saying she was fed up with the "grue-
some twosome"---Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley and Warner---Persad-Bissessar
said she was ready to fight them both "any
time, anywhere, any day and beat them."
She said she would stand and fight like
a mother whose child was in danger for
her country. She said she would not play
into their hands and be distracted by their
lies and allegations.
PM offers reason for Jack's attack...
He vowed to
bring down PP
Persad-Bissessar said her focus ahead of the
September 7 general election would be on
issues, rolling out her Government's plans,
policies and programmes to continue to build a
new Trinidad and Tobago.
She said the People's National Movement
(PNM) had no plans or programmes, that is
why they were fabricating lies and allegations
against her Government which had
outperformed every single government in the
history of T&T.
Taking a cue from Warner, Persad-Bissessar
took off the gloves and took aim at her former
Cabinet colleague and "his sidekick Mr Rowley",
saying their stories were becoming more
bizarre, wild and delusional each week but she
will not play out their script.
"My lawyers will deal with their lies and
fabrications. I will not play into their script
because this is now becoming like 'stay tuned.'
"You remember the series on TV, Peyton
Place? They say 'Stay tuned next week...
coming soon to a theatre near you' is the latest
in the episode in the series of a man on the list
of the most wanted men in the world," she
She told the audience, which included former
finance minister Gerald Yetming and former
Senate president Timothy Hamel-Smith, that
Warner, "is like a Jack in a box who is trying to
jump out of the box and that box is that he
must answer for racketeering, he must answer
for wire fraud transfer, he must answer for
money laundering and those charges are not by
us here, those charges come from every
country around the world."
She had the audience laughing when she said
she had one good thing to say about Warner
and that was he did not discriminate.
"He does not discriminate. He took money
from every continent in the world, including
right here in the Caribbean... from Haiti," she
Saying her Government will win the
September 7 election and her seat will be the
first to be declared for the UNC, she also took
aim at Rowley, saying he was bitter because
she fought him with the Emailgate matter and
cleared her name.
She called on Rowley to clear the air on the
statement attributed to the Laventille PNM
candidate Fitzgerald Hinds about "people like
alligators in a lagoon."
"You never condemned the Calcutta ship
statement in Tobago and now today your
members are speaking about alligators in a
"Well, let me tell you, I planted rice, like many
of you, in a lagoon. It doesn't matter where you
come from, what matters is where you are
going and where you are," she added.
KAMLA NOT AFRAID OF ATTACKS
In an article on Page A8 of Tuesday s
paper, headlined Disorderly dad fined
$800, we inaccurately reported that
Alvin Kallicharan had been fined $800
after he appeared in court charged with
disorderly conduct, using obscene lan-
guage and resisting arrest.
It was in fact Mr Kallicharan s sibling,
Anil, who appeared before the court. Our
apologies for the error.
Getting it right
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets former Clico chairman Gerard Yetming, second left, and former Senate president Timothy
Hamel-Smith, second right, after they showed up at a UNC "foot soldiers" mobilisation meeting in Debe on Tuesday. Also in photo are
Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal and UNC campaign manager Rodney Charles, left. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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