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People s National Movement
(PNM) long-standing activist
Ricardo "Gladiator" Welch says
he will examine his future with
the party following his suspension
Welch, who became a PNMite in
the 1970s, was one of three PNM
members suspended by the party
for indiscipline, pending an inves-
He described the suspension as
a violation of the rules of natural
"What we are witnessing is the
beginning of Dr Keith Rowley s
gestapo of the 1930s during the
reign of Adolf Hitler. This gestapo
held their meeting without noti-
fying me in advance that I would
be under an investigation. I need
to know what are the allegations
levied against me pertaining to the
suspension. The witch hunt has
started. I know I am going to be a
victim of Rowley s administration.
And very soon I may have to seek
political asylum to another coun-
Welch said the suspension was
just the beginning.
"The next move is to send me to
a concentration camp."
He said his suspension sends a
clear message to all in the PNM that
anyone who has an issue or opposes
anything will be dealt with.
As an activist, Welch said, he was
stoned and insulted by the public
for distributing flyers and posters
for the PNM.
Welch said, "When PNMites
chased, cursed and physically
assaulted former prime minister
Patrick Manning out of Balisier
House on the night of May 24, 2010,
following the party s defeat at the
polls, why Rowley did not launch
an investigation to reprimand the
"No one was suspended. It was
Having spoken against some of
the party s decisions and actions
on radio station 91.9 FM, Welch
said he never aligned with nor cam-
paigned for the People s Partnership
in the 2015 general election.
"I always say on radio I am a rebel
PNM. It leaves me to wonder what
is the next step externally from the
party. I have to look at my future
under this administration. They are
doing whatever they want."
Gladiator: I will examine
my future with the party
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
The People s National Movement
(PNM) has expelled one of its members
and suspended three others from the
Party chairman Franklin Khan told the
media yesterday that Rushton Paray, the
MP for Mayaro who contested and won
the seat under a United National Congress
ticket, has been immediately expelled.
Disciplinary proceedings have been
initiated against radio talk show host
Ricardo Welch, aka "Gladiator," political
activist Christine "Twiggy" Livia, and
PNMite Barry Garcia. Khan said they
had "transgressed beyond reason in their
behaviour during the election campaign."
They have been suspended and will
be notified tomorrow. Khan said they
would be forwarded to the "committee
on investigations for discipline."
These decisions were made before the
General Council, where close to 180
members were in attendance.
Khan made this revelation yesterday
at a media briefing after the PNM s Eighth
General Council meeting at Balisier House
He said, "As you are aware, the party s
constitution is clear that if you are a card-
holding member of the PNM and you
contest an election against the party, that
leads to automatic expulsion.
"So the automatic expulsion was ini-
tiated on Rushton Paray, who is now the
Member of Parliament for Mayaro.
"He is a cardholding member of the
PNM who was admitted on October 8,
"As we speak, he has been officially
expelled from the People s National
Welch had been a member since 1990;
Livia had been a member since January
1, 1968; and Garcia joined the PNM on
April 13, 1992.
Khan said Livia had thrown away her
long legacy in the party. She was seen
at several meetings hosted by the People s
Partnership in the run-up to the election,
and has also been a supporter of former
prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Last year, at a constituency dinner for
San Fernando East, Garcia bashed Dr
Keith Rowley s praises for former leader
Garcia said Rowley s praises were
"deceitful and hypocritical."
Earlier this year, Welch, on his Facebook
page, said he intended "to instruct my
attorneys to prepare and issue legal
action" against Rowley and the PNM.
Welch had then said he would not be
silenced, intimidated or distracted by Dr
Keith Rowley for speaking out on mat-
...three others suspended
• Twiggy to party: Put your house in order
• Garcia: No democarcy in the party, I will speak out
• Gladiator: It's a witch hunt
Christine "Twiggy" Livia yes-
terday called on the People s
National Movement (PNM) to put
their house in order following her
suspension from the party.
She also insisted that she would
not sever ties with former housing
minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, who
gave her a job at the HDC.
"I don t have no problem with
the PNM. PNM has to put their
house in order and take care of poor
"The whole thing about it. Twiggy
don t like how PNM treat Laventille
people. Laventille people is PNM s
backbone." She said when the PNM
was building its base, she did not
see men like Franklin Khan and PM
Dr Keith Rowley in the frontline.
"I didn t see all these fellas who
want to suspended me from the
party. So it ain t make a difference
what they do. Everything Rowley
say all you would agree with it. But
when Twiggy talk they in disagree-
Livia joined the PNM in 1968.
She described herself as a "PNM
baby."She slammed Rowley for
donatiing his first salary as PM to
the party s Balisier Fund.
"It have so much of hungry peo-
ple...hungry children, single parents
why he ain t take care of that?"
Having attended several UNC
political meetings leading up to the
September 7 general election, Twig-
gy said no one could tell her where
"If you have a meeting and you
invite me, I will come."
Though Livia dodged from
answering if she was a supporter of
the UNC, she admitted "my friend
in the UNC is Dr Roodal Moonilal.
Jump high, jump low, that is my
friend, and they can t stop me from
talking to he or going around he.
Who vex that Moonilal gave me a
job in the HDC, I don t know what
wrong with them."
Asked if she was going to resign
from the party, Livia responded,
"Leave them to go where? All of
them members on top of there leav-
ing Christine "Twiggy" Livia right
in the PNM."
Twiggy: I'm a PNM baby
Ricardo "Gladiator" Welch
Christine "Twiggy" Livia
The party's constitution states, "Any
member of the movement whose
conduct is in the question of the
General Council, inimical to the interest
of the movement, shall be liable to
such disciplinary action as a General
Council may determine."
Khan said, "At the end of the day, we
are a serious party. A party that is
governed by rules and regulations and
our longevity of 60 years as a
premium, political institution is largely
based on our robust internal processes
"We have survived this length of
time because of the constitution of the
People's National Movement, which we
adhere to religiously."
Khan said based on that premise, the
party saw it fit to initiate disciplinary
action against the trio.
He quoted from Article 22:6 of the
party's constitution which states, "Any
member of the movement who is
charged with any breach of discipline
may, in the discretion of the General
Council, be suspended during the
Meanwhile, the atmosphere at
Balisier House was a celebratory one,
with new ministers and party officials
socialising over eats and drinks.
Among those were Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley, Attorney General Faris Al-
Rawi, Finance Minister Colm Imbert,
Trade and Industry Minister Paula
Gopee-Scoon and Education Minister
Anthony Garcia. See Page A11
THE PARTY CONSTITUTION STATES
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