Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 23rd 2015 Contents A5
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JENSEN LA VENDE
When women and children
start getting shot, it is a sign
that society is decaying, that
there is a cancer plaguing.
The analogy was made by a
relative of Tehera Kerr who along
with her son, Taheem Dunbar,
was shot while on their way home
in Laventille on Tuesday night.
The man who did not want
to be named said the state of
the country was decaying if an
innocent child and his mother
can be shot while on their way
According to police 17-
month-old Taheem and his
mother were standing outside
their Block 22 home when gun-
men fired three shots, hitting
the mother in the right leg
around 8 pm.
The bullet exited the woman s
leg and entered the left side of
the child s abdomen, stopping
after hitting his small intestines.
The mother and son were
taken to the Port-of-Spain Gen-
eral Hospital and then transferred
to the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
Baby Taheem underwent
emergency surgery and is now
in a stable condition at hospital.
When the T&T Guardian vis-
ited mother and child yesterday
the child was asleep and the
mother, walking with a limp,
hovered over her child as a nurse
took his vital signs.
The child had intravenous
access on both feet and bandages
around his torso. Relatives said
he "is a strong child" and was
not taking off his bandages.
Speaking with the media yes-
terday Kerr, a nurse at the St
James Health Facility, said her
family was coping with the
tragedy as best they could.
"He was shot in the belly. The
doctor say everything is okay so
far. As a mother I don t even
know what to say.
"We was in the yard and I did-
n t even realise he did get shot.
It was only when he started to
scream and vomit we realise. I
live up there all my life and noth-
ing like this ever happen," Kerr
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar says she intends to declare
who are her party s financiers but only
if other political parties do the same.
She said so at a luncheon by the Joint
Consultative Council (JCC) at the Hilton
Trinidad and Conference Centre, Port-
The issue was raised during the ques-
tion and answer segment when the PM
was specifically asked whether she
intended to identify, after the general
election, how much was spent on her
campaign and who were the financiers.
But instead Persad-Bissessar said she
was very committed to campaign
reform, saying even while in Opposition
she had called for such legislation.
"Of course nothing was done. In this
term a motion brought by Independent
Senator Helen Drayton on campaign
finance reform and was accepted by the
Government to a Joint Select Commit-
tee. We accepted the recommendations
of the Joint Select Committee just before
the close of the Parliament.
"Parliament wold be sending the rec-
ommendations to the Law Reform
Commission for them to begin drafting
a green paper. So we are committed to
campaign finance reform," Persad-
Pressed further as to declaring her
party s financiers as to account to the
public, the PM said: "Should all parties
agree... I am not the only party in this...
I have no difficulty with this."
Persad-Bissessar also tried to allay
fears that the local construction industry
was negatively affected as there was the
perception that only Chinese labourers
were hired as Chinese construction com-
panies were being awarded numerous
contracts, including building hospitals.
But Persad-Bissessar said given Gov-
ernment s loan arrangements with China,
part of that mean using Chinese labour.
"Our revenue streams would only give
us so much revenue a year. The con-
cessionary loans available from the Chi-
nese, they give us at very low interest
"Then they would want to use one
of their own companies. So in other
words they are helping themselves by
helping us and therefore it is not a delib-
erate ploy," Persad-Bissessar said.
But president of the T&T Contractors
Association Mikey Joseph said one of
the reasons why people believed why
the Chinese were "better since slice
bread" was because T&T did not have
a proper apprenticeship system.
"We also need to use agencies, such
as HDC, as a ground for the development
of construction skills," Joseph recom-
Another issue was raised regarding
fairness and transparency when it came
to awarding contracts.
Dale Parsons, chief executive office
at Kaleidoscope Paints Ltd, said his com-
pany issued a competitive bid for the
Children s Hospital in Couva where it
was stipulated that local paint be used.
But instead a foreign paint, Sherwin
Williams, was chosen.
Questioned about that Persad-
Bissessar said she was unaware of the
The Office of the Attorney
General has finally received the
United States formal extradition
request for former Fifa executive
and current Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner.
Attorney General Garvin
Nicholas made the announcement
at a press conference at his Cabil-
do Chambers office, St Vincent
Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday
evening as he sought to dispel
rumours over the arrival of the
documents which are required for
Warner s extradition proceedings
Nicholas said: "The process is
now for me to examine the doc-
uments and consider the evidence
and decide whether to issue the
authority to proceed."
The official start of Warner s
case is dependent on Nicholas s
decision as only when he gives it,
the documents on charges the
former government minister is
facing will be disclosed to his
attorneys. His lawyers have
already indicated they will need
the documents to prepare Warn-
er s defence in his extradition pro-
Asked for a time frame for his
decision in light of the fact that
Warner is due to reappear before
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-
Caesar for the continuation of his
case next Monday, Nicholas said
he was in no rush.
"This is of course a serious and
substantial matter and must be
given due time and attention. I
will not put a time frame on my
consideration as the documents
are very significant and therefore
requires due deliberation,"
When asked to respond to
Warner s allegations that his
(Nicholas) handling of the extra-
dition was being influenced by
politics, Nicholas firmly denied
"This matter has absolutely
nothing to do with politics. I can
say all legal and due process con-
siderations will be taken as we
move forward with this matter.
"The Office of the AG and all
local players, whether it be the
police, have gone about it as pro-
fessionally as possible to the letter
of the law and have offered Mr
Warner and his team all due cour-
tesies when possible," Nicholas
He also defended his decision
to hire a formidable team of pri-
vate lawyers to represent the US
interest in the case instead of rely-
ing on internal staff of the Central
Authority, which co-ordinates all
The legal team includes British
Queen s Counsel Allan Newman
and James Lewis, local Senior
Counsel Israel Khan and Pamela
Elder and attorneys Jagdeo Singh,
Gerald Ramdeen and Alvin
"We sought to get the experts
in the fields of criminal law, judi-
cial review and extradition. At the
moment the Solicitor General s
Office is quite stretched and this
being such a significant matter
which requires a lot of time and
attention and certainly action in
a short period of time, it was
thought this is the best way to
go," Nicholas said.
Warner, 72, of Cynthia Drive,
Five Rivers, Arouca, is accused of
12 charges related to fraud, rack-
eteering and for engaging in illegal
wire transfers. The offences are
alleged to have taken place in the
United States, T&T and other
jurisdictions between 1990 and
when Warner quit Fifa in June
He is one of 14 former exec-
utives of world football s governing
body who were indicted on a
series of charges after an inves-
tigation into corruption in football
conducted by the US Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and
Department of Justice.
Kamla on party financers:
Others will also
have to declare
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar greets Joint Consultative Council (JCC)
founder Emile Elias following yesterday's luncheon at Hilton, Port-of- Spain. Also in
photo is Victor hart, left, chairman T&T Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Steering Committee and JCC president, Afra Raymond. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Mom, baby shot in Laventille
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