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Cancer survivor Margaret
Flemming has been waiting 42
years for a home from the Hous-
ing Development Corporation
(HDC) and yesterday was her
Flemming, 68, of St James, was
one of 100 people, who were
invited for the latest random draw,
which took place at the HDC head
office in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
They have been waiting for more
than 15 years for an HDC house
to call their own.
Out of that 100 invitees, 20 of
them, including Flemming, were
fortunate to have been selected in
the random draw out of 500.
Ironically, Flemming was called
on to start the computerised ran-
dom housing draw and when she
saw her name appearing on the
screen, along with her reference
number and the period of wait
time, she broke down in tears.
Speaking to reporters after the
ceremony, Flemming shared her
experience which occurred on
"I got up with a song on Mon-
day morning, which goes like this
(started singing): My home, my
home, this is the home of the
Lord, just come in my house, my
"That is the song I got up with
on Monday morning and about
11 am that same day, I got a call
from HDC stating to come here
today (yesterday). This is not of
man's will but of God's will and
I give him all the glory and hon-
our," Flemming said.
Crying uncontrollably, she
added: "I am blessed. I feel happy.
This is overwhelming joy and
these are tears of joy. I know my
God would not have failed me."
Flemming said one of her
daughters had been waiting for a
home from the HDC for more
than 20 years and hoped she too
would one day experience the joy
of being granted her own home.
Another lucky homeowner,
Florissa Bobb, 71, of Marabella,
said she applied for a house in
When her name too appeared
on the screen as one of the ran-
dom successful applicants, Bobb
threw her hands in the air and
began to shout praises to God.
She was brought to the front
and seated next to Housing Min-
ister, Dr Roodal Moonilal, who
hugged and congratulated both of
Some successful applicants have
been waiting for 34, 38, 43 and
20 years for an HDC house.
Moonilal described the random
draw and his interactions with
some of the successful applicants
as a "very emotional day and one
of the happiest moments for him
since his appointment as Housing
"Some of these people have
applied for homes when I was in
primary school and I am happy
that I was able to meet with them
and share with them in this good
news," he added.
The names of the 500 people
selected in the random draw will
be published on Sunday.
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After 42-year wait...
gets HDC house
The Opposition People s National Movement
(PNM) is running scared of the new Third
Force Movement (TFM) since PNM leader Dr
Keith Rowley obviously understands it is a
threat and that PNM is likely to lose the mar-
ginal seats to TFM, says its head Timothy
Hamel-Smith yesterday hit back PNM's heavy
criticisms of the new party, voiced at Tuesday
night's PNM's Morvant meeting. (See Page A10)
Rowley said the TFM was formed to siphon
away people who might be eyeing PNM as an
option and in the face of a United National
Congress (UNC) non-option.
Rowley said he had taken letters regarding
Section 34 to Hamel-Smith while he was acting
President and requested a probe and Hamel-
Smith subsequently said there was "nothing
out of the ordinary." Rowley called on him to
say if he thought Section 34 was indeed so.
Yesterday Hamel-Smith said it was very inter-
esting that "for a party only a few days old"
was being attacked and that PNM seemed scared
of TFM's impact on the marginals. He said TFM
was seeking all seats but had no proposals about
any People's Partnership alliance.
"We're going out there and we feel we can
win the hearts and minds of the third force
sector and make a difference in this," he added.
Denying Rowley's claims about TFM financ-
ing, Hamel-Smith said: "I do not know if Dr
Rowley is ready to level the playing field to dis-
close his source of party financing.
"I promise him if he is prepared to establish
such a level playing field the TFM will not hes-
itate to make similar disclosures. We intend to
run a political campaign based on principle.
"We refuse to enter into mauvais langue, bac-
chanal and character assassination. The TFM
believes all citizens of goodwill want to hear
about policies and programmes that will trans-
On Rowley's other claims he said: "It seems
Dr Rowley now thinks the Office of the President
has the resources and investigative machinery
to conduct a probe. What he asked me to do
in my capacity as acting President was to follow
the paper trail to see where it led.
"I then made a public statement published
in the newspapers as to matters relating to the
Section 34 legislation.
"I also wrote personal and confidential letters
to the Prime Minister and to the Leader of the
Opposition. Some two weeks later Dr Rowley
decided to make public the personal and con-
fidential letter sent to him by the acting Pres-
"Is that the kind of integrity we can expect
from Dr Rowley? On the other hand in fairness
to the Prime Minister and in keeping with con-
vention and proper protocol, the Prime Minister
honoured the conventions that relate to com-
munications with the Office of the President.
"Having requested that the acting President
follow the paper trail Dr Rowley refuses to accept
the response made in confidence to him."
On statements made by PNM deputy leader
Marlene McDonald, that "this Third Force is a
total mockery, it was hatched in the UNC... I
want to ask (Hamel-Smith) since when you care
'bout the poor and downtrodden of Laventille,
Beetham, Duncan Street and Sea Lots... this third
force is to capture the disenchanted vote and carry
it to the UNC... this is deceitful, deceptive and disin-
genuous, we see your plan," Hamel-Smith said he
was amazed McDonald could make the statements
she did about him "given the failure of the PNM to
do anything for Laventille over a period of 50 years
"I am in the politics because I believe I have a con-
tribution to make in helping to transform T&T.
"And, yes, I am a member of the Living Water
Community and we have been instrumental in assist-
ing the urban poor, including Laventille. In particular
our Duncan Street Centre has fed and clothed the
poor, the homeless and the vulnerable over the last
Hamel-Smith: PNM scared of TFM
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