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When the Government is not sending
people to kill him, they are paying people
to lie on him, says Opposition leader Dr
He did not elaborate on the last part of
His charge came in the midst of allegations
by former Express journalist Anika Gumbs
that he made inappropriate statements to
her at three meetings she had with him in
January and April this year at his home and
She alleged in one meeting at his home
he was bareback and asked her if she would
like him to be her bodyguard outside her
He also allegedly touched her back and
asked about a tattoo she had there and in
another meeting told her she was looking
rosy, she said.
Rowley s charge that the Government was
paying people to lie about him was made at
the announcement of the PNM s two Tobago
candidates, Shamfa Cudjoe and Ayanna Web-
ster-Roy, in Market Square, Scarborough,
He was addressing a crowd of PNM sup-
On the issue of the threat on his life, he
said for the first time in his 30 years in politics
he felt afraid for his life at a political meeting
He said it is the first time an opposition
leader is attacked so much by a government.
PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi has claimed that
there is confirmation of a paid hit on Rowley s
life.National Security Minister Carl Alfonso,
however, has denied knowledge of this.
Alfonso said while the matter may have
reached the Commissioner of Police the
information has not been forwarded to him.
Rowley also responded to criticisms from
other political parties in Tobago that the
PNM selected "two little girls" as candidates
in the general election.
He described them as "stout and strong
lieutenants" who will win Tobago East and
Rowley said no political party will be going
into government without these two seats
and told Tobagonians they will decide who
wins. He also dismissed all other political
parties contesting the two Tobago seats, bar-
ring the Hochoy Charles-led Platform of
Truth, as "UNC parties."
The other two political entities are the
Tobago Forwards, led by former Minister of
Tobago Development, Delmond Baker, and
the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP).
Baker broke away from the TOP and
formed the Tobago Forwards.
The TOP, part of the People s Partnership
coalition government, is led by Ashworth
Jack. Rowley s charge was supported by Web-
ster-Roy, the PNM s Tobago East candidate,
in her address.
She warned Tobagonians that all political
parties campaigning in the island, apart from
the PNM, are agents of the UNC.
Whatever their symbol, jersey colour, who-
ever they say is funding their campaign and
how independent they say they are, they are
all UNC agents, she said.
Webster-Roy said she can say that without
fear of contradiction.
Tobago Chief Secretary, Orville London
also endorsed the claims.
He said the UNC is marketing itself in
Trinidad under "Kamla" and in Tobago under
the Tobago Forwards and the TOP.
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Media houses need to uphold their respon-
sibilities to journalists and the public by thor-
oughly investigating allegations of conflicts
of interest and sexual harassment.
This was the view of the Media Association
of T&T (Matt) yesterday in response to the
current controversy regarding journalist Anika
Gumbs allegations of sexual harassment
against Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
In a resignation letter published in the
Express on Saturday, Gumbs said Rowley had
made several inappropriate remarks to her
during interviews at his house in Diego Mar-
tin.Gumbs has since received public criticism
about her motives and her business interests,
which included receiving government con-
In a release yesterday, the association,
acknowledging that it was a politically sensitive
period of a general election campaign and
would not comment on the political merits
or demerits of the issue.
"Rather, Matt wishes to intervene on the
media-related aspects that fall within our
mandate to promote journalistic best practices
and a strong, independent media.
"We highlight the duty of media houses to
promptly address allegations of conflicts of
interest and sexual harassment."
Matt said it was the business of the media
house to which Gumbs was attached to inves-
tigate the possible conflict of interest; take
action, if necessary, to protect its reputation
and the reputations of all its journalists; and
communicate outcomes with the public it
"Credibility is the stock-in-trade of jour-
nalism and any matter that might
undermine or potentially undermine the pro-
fessional integrity of both journalist and media
house, such as a perceived conflict of
interest, should be effectively confronted by
Matt said the issue also raised a critical dis-
cussion on sexual harassment of especially
female journalists, already the subject of dis-
cussion by journalists internationally.
"Matt has received numerous accounts of
sexual harassment episodes from journalists
who continue to suffer disturbing effects years
after the experience. In all cases where reports
of sexual harassment are made, media houses
must address such allegations swiftly and
decisively to prevent recurrence."
Matt called on all media houses to strength-
en internal policies and protocols related to
conflicts of interest and sexual harassment.
• See Page A5
Matt to media houses:
PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley presents the two Tobago candidates east and west,
respectively, Ayanna Webster-Roy and Shamfa Cudjoe to supporters during the PNM's
launch in Buccoo, Tobago, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
No Opposition leader ever
attacked so by a Govt
Businessman Derek Chin,
owner of the MovieTowne fran-
chise and Dachin Company Ltd,
yesterday denied that he had
pulled away from the stalled bil-
lion-dollar Invaders Bay Devel-
In a letter issued through his
legal representative yesterday,
Chin said his company was not
withdrawing from the visionary
Invaders Bay project.
"The facts are quite to the con-
trary as Dachin has been in dis-
cussions with the relevant
authorities as recently as last
week on the actual process for
the completion of the said ini-
tiative," the release said.
In a telephone interview with
Chin on Saturday, he explained
that the investors, initially inter-
ested in the project, had disbursed
and was instead putting more
than $200 million into his cine-
plex in Guyana and was planning
his Streets of the World idea for
Toronto instead of Invaders Bay.
Chin said then that he was still
willing to purchase the lands for
some $130 million and then seek
a credit facility to carry on his
development plans for the area.
In yesterday s release, Chin
admitted to being "frustrated"
with the slow process.
"Notwithstanding Dachin s
frustration at the lengthy process
involved in the acquisition of all
of the necessary evaluations and
approvals involved in this project,
the prospect of surrendering to
these obstacles or delays is nei-
ther in Dachin s nature nor in its
character," Chin said in the legal
Chin, in the telephone inter-
view Saturday, said he had
invested millions of dollars into
the now stalled development and
was willing to walk away from
that financial loss.
"Dachin has invested millions
of dollars and years of research
and development in creating a
visionary transformation of
Invaders Bay that meets the
needs of business, tourism, enter-
tainment, culture and recreation,"
he said in yesterday s release.
Invaders Bay deal still on says Chin
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