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The PNM Government has
reinstated Professor Kenneth
Julien as head of the University
of T&T (UTT) and also appointed
NH International (Caribbean)
executive chairman Emile Elias
as chairman of the Telecommu-
nication Services of T&T (TSTT).
Communication Minister Maxie
Cuffie announced that at yester-
day s weekly Government press
conference at the Office of the
Prime Minister, St Clair.
Julien, often described as the
"energy czar", due to his role in
the development of Pt Lisas, now
returns to the helm of the entity
where he was UTT president under
Patrick Manning s PNM admin-
He had been replaced at UTT
by Curtis Manchoon after the Peo-
ple s Partnership administration
Legal proceedings were later
instituted against Julien and four
other former UTT board members
seeking to recover more than $11.4
million which the State claimed
was lost because of alleged breach
of fiduciary duty and failure to
exercise due diligence.
This allegedly concerned the
sub-leasing of the university s
Aripo guest house with Consoli-
dated Services Ltd for a five-year
renewable lease at a monthly rental
of $50,000, as well as accommo-
dating Rev Juliana Pena, the spir-
itual adviser to former prime min-
ister Patrick Manning.
In July, however, the State dis-
continued the proceedings and the
case reportedly collapsed.
The appointment of Julien and
Elias yesterday elicited mixed views
from former PP ministers Dr Suruj
Rambachan and Dr Tim
Gopeesingh, now Opposition
But Communication Minister
Cuffie, replying to media queries
about Julien s reinstatement, said
of the legal issues:
"He (Julien) came out of that
with his integrity and reputation
intact. The issues in the court case
had floundered and based on tes-
timony, the action was not brought
against him by UTT but instigated
by the then (PP s) attorney gen-
"Dr Julien is a well acknowl-
edged educator and someone who
has done great service to T&T."
Last month, Government also
appointed Julien to its Standing
Other members of the UTT
board announced yesterday are
professor Clement Imbert, Shivan
Ojah-Maharaj, Professor Hollis
Liverpool, Marslyn Jack, Nicolette
Moore, Winston Lalla and two oth-
ers to be appointed.
Imbert, an engineering expert
and UWI lecturer, is the uncle of
Finance Minister Colm Imbert
Ojah Maharaj, niece of former
PNM Toco-Sangre Grande MP
Indra Ojah-Maharaj Sinanan and
a relative of PNM deputy leader
Rohan Sinanan, had been a PNM
nominee for Toco/Sangre Grande
Liverpool, better known as
Chalkdust, is a well known edu-
On the TSTT board along with
Elias are Ian Narine, Wendell
Berkley, Kimberly Derriah and
Berkley is PNM s Tobago East
chairman. Sobion has an executive
management background. Narine
is in asset management.
Cuffie said Elias was a well
known businessman and has pro-
moted the national interest through
the Joint Consultative Council
(JCC) and other entities in which
he has been involved, including
the Family Planning Association.
He said Elias had a resume that
spoke to his commitment in T&T
and possessed business acumen
and it was based on that he was
Cuffie also announced Shaheed
Hosein to chair the National Petro-
leum (NP) board.
Other members are Myrna Per-
sad, Marcus Knaggs, David Alexan-
der, Quincy Trim, Nadine Nabbie.
Knaggs is a business executive who
has been involved with the T&T
Also announced was Marvin
Johncilla, a human resources spe-
cialist, to head the National Lot-
teries Control Board, Other mem-
bers are Winfield Quamina,
Kristine Lee King and Ria Joseph.
Government also appointed
southern businessman Imtiaz
Ahamed to chair the E-Tech Board.
Other members are Judy Ramjohn,
Eric Lewis, Arnold de Four, Randall
Karim and Kelvon Morris,
Also appointed was Ulric Warner
to head the National Quarries
board. Other board members are
Shazad Mohammed, Wanda
Clarke, Roger Rajan and Dons
Relatives of PC Govindra Ramroop,
who was shot dead by one of his col-
leagues at the Guapo Police Station
yesterday, wants stiff penalties
against the offending officer, saying
it was caused by negligence.
Homicide detectives are treating
the killing as an accident, since they
were told the officer was clearing his
firearm when it discharged and a bullet
struck 25-year-old Ramroop on the
side of his abdomen.
The offending officer spent yester-
day receiving counselling from the
Victim and Witness Support Unit of
the T&T Police Service.
Several of Ramroop s colleagues and
family are also expected to be coun-
selled. Ramroop is also the brother of
Southern Division s Cpl Ian Ramroop.
According to reports, Ramroop, a
Special Reserve officer of Laltoo Trace,
Penal, and two other officers had just
returned from checking out a report
of a woman being threatened by a
On returning to the station, located
on the outskirts of Point Fortin, the
officers went to a room around 1 am
where Ramroop was shot.
He was immediately taken to the
Point Fortin Area Hospital by his col-
leagues where doctors tried to stem
the bleeding. However, he died around
2 am while being prepared to be trans-
ferred to the San Fernando General
Senior South Western Division offi-
cers, including Snr Supt Nazrool
Hosein, Supt Darwin James, ASP Sal-
ick Jagroop, homicide Insp Sean
Dhilpaul and CID Insp Peter Ramdeen,
visited the station.
Crime Scene Unit gathered evidence
from the scene, including the gun that
ASP Jagroop is expected to lead the
investigation. However, yesterday s
scheduled autopsy was postponed
until today as forensic pathologist Dr
Easlyn Mac Donald Borris was unwell.
At his home at Gopee Trace, Penal,
Ramroop s brother, Garvin, called on
investigators to probe whether the
correct procedures for clearing firearms
were used by the offending officer,
saying that no one was supposed to
be around at the time.
He added: "There are ways to dis-
arm a firearm. Police came down here
just now and told us that it is likely
that his death was accidental.
"You can t shoot somebody just so
and call it an accident. It has to be
negligence. We need a thorough inves-
tigation because you just can t come
and tell my mother and his wife that
he was accidentally killed."
A senior police officers told the T&T
Guardian officers were trained in the
proper clearing procedures which were
to go the designated area, ensure that
no one was around, stand over a firing
bin, unload the magazine and hand it
over to the authorised personnel.
However, South Western Division
officers said the police station was
under renovation and the designated
area used for clearing firearms was
It was unclear whether CCTV
footage was gathered from the station
because of the renovation.
Recalling the incident, Garvin said
a police vehicle went to Ramroop s
house around 1.30 am and officers
told his wife, Susan, that he was in
"It was not until she reached to
Point Fortin that she was told that he
had been shot," he added.
He said colleagues were in high
praise for Ramroop, saying he got
along well with everyone.
Although Ramroop was employed
at the Penal/Debe Regional Corpo-
ration, his brother said he always
wanted to joined the service ever since
their other brother, Ian, was recruited,
Ramroop was successful two years
ago when he was accepted as an SRP.
There were plans for him to become
a full-fledged police officer as he
wanted badly to start his family with
his wife, Garvin added.
Cop shot by cop
...while clearing gun at police station Julien back as UTT chairman
Garvin Ramroop, brother of PC
Govindra Ramroop who was fatally
shot by a colleague at the Guapo
Police Station yesterday, speaks to
the media. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Prof Kenneth Julien
Former PP minister Dr Suruj
Rambachan commenting on Julien's
"It's clear the old PNM guard has
come back to take over the affairs
of T&T. The display of youth by the
PNM was just a masquerade and
you are now seeing the real PNM
power brokers emerging to take
"So clearly we are in for
repetition, more of the same-old,
same-old. We warned T&T this
would take place if the PNM won
government and it's coming to pass.
"We are also seeing other things
we warned about happening, job
loss. One steel company sent home
almost 300 workers this week and
we are also seeing 'cleansing'
occurring in URP where defeated
PNM candidates are taking up
On the appointment of Elias to
TSTT, Rambachan added: "Mr Elias
has been known as a PNM
sympathiser and there's no reason
why he shouldn't be rewarded for
However, his colleague, former
minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh hailed
the appointment of Elias as a
Gopeesingh added: "I never
supported the idea of a former
police commissioner being
chairman of TSTT and I have made
statements to that effect.
"This is a company that needed
great help and I think Mr Elias has
great management capacity to
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