Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 28th 2015 Contents tional Airport to pick up
his daughter, her hus-
band and his grand-
daughter, "so, therefore,
I cannot comment on a
matter like that at this
He was a longstand-
ing member of the trade
union movement before
he became a minister in
the PP Government.
has been a long-serving
politician and econo-
Calls to Dookeran's
cellphone went unan-
swered last night.
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The apparent "defection" of three Con-
gress of the People (COP) members was a
staged, made-for-TV event and was part
of Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley s
latest manoeuvre to present himself as the
new messiah of T&T.
Drawing to him a bunch of "defectors"
from other political parties, particularly from
the COP and UNC, was all part of Rowley's
strategy to present himself as a national
This was the strong charge from COP gen-
eral secretary Clyde Weatherhead yesterday
who said two of the so-called COP trio were
not even members of his party.
Kishore Ramadhar, Satu-Ann Ramcharan
and Rudolph Hanamji, wearing white COP
shirts, stood out in a crowd of red at a PNM
public meeting in Charlieville on Tuesday
night. Media reports said Rowley embraced
and welcomed the small group of COP dis-
sidents into the PNM.
Weatherhead said Ramadhar, brother of
COP leader Prakash Ramadhar, who had
been openly campaigning against the party
with Hanamji and Ramcharan for a long
while, never actually resigned, keeping one
foot inside and one outside.
Ramcharan and Hanamji resigned by letters
on November 10, 2014.
"This was an act of great hypocrisy on
the part of these so-called COP dissidents.
"Two of the leading trio---Satu-Ann Ram-
charan and Rudolph Hanamji---are not even
members of the COP," Weatherhead said.
He claimed on Tuesday Hanamji, "in
preparation for his role in this TV drama,"
surreptitiously made a failed bid to obtain a
COP jersey from the party's supplier.
He said the threesome, now openly sup-
porting the PNM, were the claimants in a
defamation suit against Ramadhar, former
COP chairman, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan,
present chairman Jamieson Bahadur, and
other party members.
"Ironically, that defamation claim is linked
to their suspension which came about when
information was brought to the National
Council suggesting they supplied the PNM
with sensitive COP data during the 2013 local
government elections," he added.
Ramcharan is a former member of the
PNM's Women's League. Weatherhead said
there was no need for Ramcharan and
Hanamji to deceive the public since they
resigned from the COP eight months ago.
"They could have simply joined the party
and donned their red colours," he added.
He said recently a former UNC regional
corporation chairman (Dave Persad) appeared
on the PNM platform in the party's red colour,
singing the praises of Rowley as a "corruption
Another former COP member, who was
a councillor of the Diego Martin Regional
Corporation and an Independent Liberal
Party 2013 local government candidate, has
been on television for the last couple weeks
inviting voters to elect Rowley and the PNM.
"This is part of Rowley's strategy to use
these elements to try and convince voters
he is a popular leader attracting everyone in
"It says a lot that his catch includes those
who have to resort to unprincipled deception
about their party membership in order to
help him in this desperate attempt to bolster
his image for electioneering purposes,"
The T&T Solid Waste Management Company
Limited (SWMCOL) says it is impossible to check
all the waste being disposed off on a daily basis at
the Beetham landfill.
SWMCOL said so in response to yesterday's T&T
Guardian article "Prison guns dumped in Beetham
landfill" where it is alleged subsequent to the July
24 prison break, a cache of arms, ammunitions and
grenades was bagged up, allegedly by prisons officers
who were privy to the circumstances leading up to
the prison break, and given to a prisoner to dump
in the prison's dumpster which is located at the back
of the Port-of-Spain prison.
The dumpster was picked up some time over that
weekend and taken to the Beetham landfill where
the cache was dumped.
In a statement yesterday the company's corporate
communications specialist Alison Awai said they
were unable to confirm as no such finds have been
brought to the attention of the company's officials.
"We also wish to advise the public that all waste
entering landfills is commingled, including that con-
tained in dumpsters. Waste is brought in from munic-
ipalities, private haulers and individuals.
"Whilst spot checks are done to ensure that waste
entering the sites is acceptable and meets our criteria
for a municipal waste disposal site, it is impossible
to check all the waste being disposed off on a daily
basis," she added.
Awai assured that SWMCOL's management officials
would be keeping in close contact with the relevant
protective agencies as the investigation continued.
T&T has promised to assist
Dominica in recovery efforts
following the severe flooding
and damage caused by tropical
The issue was one of the top-
ics for discussion at yesterday's
At least four people are con-
firmed dead and several more
missing. The nature island has
been hit with street flooding and
overflowing rivers. One building
is reported to have collapsed in
the deluge and there are reports
of at least two people being
swept away in the turbulent
In light of the emergency con-
ditions, Government will move
to assist Dominica through the
deployment of two air rotary
assets from the Air Guard, one
of which will be used to transport
Dominica's Prime Minister Roo-
sevelt Skerrit from St Lucia back
to Dominica. The T&T Govern-
ment will also assist through
aerial reconnaissance; Medevac
operations for people in distress
and assistance to people stranded
as a result of the floods and other
The National Operations Cen-
tre (NOC), Office of Disaster Pre-
paredness Management, Defence
Force and other state agencies
have been placed on alert should
it become necessary to render
further assistance to Dominica
or any other country impacted
by hurricane Erika.
NOC's air assets and personnel
are now on standby and are
available to be deployed at short
notice should it become neces-
Nearly nine inches of
overnight rain on Wednesday
caused severe flooding and mud-
slides, washed out roads and
caused the collapse of several
buildings, including dwelling
houses. (See Page A29)
Rowley using them
as part of strategy
COP's general secretary on dissidents:
SWMCOL on arms cache at landfill:
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Minister of Foreign
Affairs Winston Dook-
eran and Minister of
Labour Errol McLeod
are in line to receive the
Order of the Republic
of T&T, the T&T
Guardian was reliably
Both men, who are
outgoing members of
the People's Partnership
Government, since they
will not be contesting
seats in the September
7 general election, are
among the citizens who
will be in line for hon-
ours during the National
Awards ceremony on
They will be honoured
for their distinguished
and outstanding service
to the country.
on the issue, McLeod
said he was on his way
to the Piarco Interna-
Order of T&T for Dookeran, McLeod
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