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Oropouche East Member of Parliament Dr Roodal
Moonilal says he is looking to secure 20,000 votes
in the September 7 general election and wants to be
the first seat declared for the United National Con-
He made the comment during a mobilisation meet-
ing in the constituency on Tuesday night, adding the
People s National Movement (PNM) candidate will
be beaten by "spoilt ballot."
However, UNC campaign manager Rodney Charles
told supporters they could not declare victory until
the last vote was counted and everyone was registered
Moonilal told the audience, which included Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, former Senate pres-
ident Timothy Hamel-Smith and former finance min-
ister Gerald Yetming that Government had undertaken
too much development for them to put it at risk.
"We have worked too hard. We have sacrificed too
much and built too much to let it slip away, to whom,
Keith Rowley (Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley),"
He feared "that if Rowley becomes Prime Minister,
the children s hospital will never be opened. It will
be overrun with caraili and snakes."
He recalled that the Biche High School, which was
built under a UNC government, was never opened
and remained closed for ten years when the PNM
The Housing Minister also took a jab at Independent
Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner, who has been
releasing tapes at alarming rate alleging wrongdoing
by the Persad-Bissessar administration.
Referring to the latest tape which Warner alleged
featured the voice of SRP Jit Hardeen, Moonilal said
the last time he saw something like that was in the
movie Mission Impossible, where the tapes self destruc-
ted in five minutes.
Moonilal wants 20,000
votes in Oropouche East
National Security Minister Carl Alfonso,
who was executive director of the Prime
Minister s official residence and Diplomatic
Centre in 2013, says he cannot recall any
incident with a Kristyan Gokool, such as
described in tapes played on Tuesday by
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack
Warner had held a news conference where
he played tapes, focusing on the Gokool mat-
ter, which he claimed were done by SRP Jit
Hardeen, the former driver of former minister
Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh.
The person on the tape spoke of wide-
ranging allegations of corruption against the
PP and also claimed he had taken Gokool to
the official PM s residence late at night on
Warner also alleged that Gokool, who lives
next door to the PM in Phillipine, San Fer-
nando, and the PM were "more than neigh-
But contacted right after the Warner brief-
ing, Hardeen denied it was him on the tapes
and said they were a total fabrication. The
PM also dismissed Warner s claims, while
Gokool refused comment, saying only that
the matter had been placed in his lawyers
Yesterday, however, Alfonso said he had
no recollection of any such incident.
"I don t have a clue what Mr Warner or
his tapes were referring to. The first time I
heard the name Kristyan Gokool was when
I saw it on the news... but I couldn t say if
he ever visited the official residence or Diplo-
matic Centre," Alfonso told the T&T Guardian
in a telephone interview.
Asked about Warner s allegation that the
PM s sister changed the sentries diary at
the centre, Alfonso said he had not heard of
any such incident.
"It (Warner s claim) sounds like madness
to me but I usually take what Mr Warner
says with a pinch of salt ..," he said.
"I don t want to get involved with him.
I had some personal experience with him
years ago when the UNC was in Opposition...
when he said some things that weren t true
so that s how I remember his behaviour and
it hasn t changed... yesterday is yesterday,
Other officials of the Diplomatic Centre
were unavailable for comment yesterday. The
official now in charge was said to be on vaca-
tion overseas but didn t reply to cell calls.
Warner also made allegations about a
meeting which Gokool s father had with him
when he was works minister. Gokool, senior,
yesterday said he had sent the matter to his
attorney and a statement would be made.
However, Warner yesterday stood by the
veracity of his tapes, saying for instance that
Gokool would not have known the details
of the information on the tapes.
He cited examples with some of the alle-
gations made concerning relatives of certain
On the PM s claims that he had tried to
"blackmail" her, Warner added: "How can
you blackmail someone with a lie? If I was
blackmailing her why would I take the issue
(tapes) to the Integrity Commission (in 2013)?
And if she felt she was being blackmailed
why didn t she go to the police, I ask you?"
Warner also released a letter from Integrity
Commission chairman Martin Farrell, dated
August 7, 2013, in which the commission
called Warner in to speak about allegations
he made on a platform that a minister had
"corruptly acquired houses since assuming
The letter stated that the commission was
investigating the claims under its governing
legislation and that the investigator in the
matter was one Andrew John. The letter
stated that a meeting time with Warner was
designated for August 26, 2013.
Warner, who had replied, via letter of
August 21, told the commission he would be
bringing "copies of two audio CDs of approx-
imately 45 minutes duration which may assist
in the interview."
When contacted yesterday, Integrity Com-
mission officials said John was in a meeting.
Farrell also didn t answer cells calls yester-
Yesterday, Warner said he had gone to the
commission on a different matter a few weeks
ago and in passing, enquired about the 2013
probe matter. He said an investigator told
him the commission would have to match
Hardeen s voice with that on the tape Warner
had presented for expert analysis.
Alfonso: Jack's claims
sound like madness
At Tuesday's press conference,
Warner gave out what he said was
Hardeen's cell number, which a person,
who identified himself as Hardeen,
answered when called right after the
That person said it was not him on
Warner's tapes and he would be
responding on it very soon.
Yesterday, however, calls to the
same number were answered by a
man who said he was Hardeen's
brother and not Jit Hardeen. That
person declined comment.
RELATIVE ANSWERS JIT'S CELL
proudly shows off
a cat fish he caught
at the Cacandee
facility, along the
Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner
says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has
nothing to fear from him, as he will not reveal certain
details of her behaviour to the nation.
He made the comment tongue in cheek during a
political meeting at Indian Walk, Moruga, last night,
as he seemed to threaten to expose more misbehaviour
in office over the next couple weeks.
"Don t worry Kamla, I will not speak about the
person who was in the room next to you in China,"
Warner told the meeting.
"I will not talk about the money you lost in France,
while you was in the Ministry of Education and who
you was with."
Warner said the PM s "handlers" were not taking
proper care of her.
"Her handlers are not taking proper care of her.
When Jack was there Jack used to nurse her and take
care of her."
He also claimed former Integrity Commission boss
Ken Gordon s claim that they had no knowledge of
his complaints to them in 2013 was inaccurate. (SR)
Jack won't tell
all on Kamla
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