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Former housing minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal says if the Government continues
to provoke him, he will take documents to
the Parliament to expose a government
minister who purchased an Housing Devel-
opment Corporation (HDC) unit for
$735,000 in cash.
Moonilal said the State-subsidised house,
which has the market value of $1.3 million,
was one of the units constructed during
the People s Partnership tenure and
was among those criticised by
his successor Marlene Mc
Moonilal said he had
taken enough from the
People s National Move-
ment (PNM) and had
given Mc Donald time to
settle in office.
However, he said she
had not given out a single
unit to approved HDC
applicants but was
instead criticising the for-
mer government about
the cost of houses.
"I want to ask her if
she is aware that there
are PNM ministers who
purchase HDC houses
cash. I know of one unit
that was $735,000 pur-
chased in cash. I want to
ask her if she is aware of
that and if her Prime
Minister knows that a
minister of Government
of the PNM bought an
HDC house in cash and
it was much more than
$500,000. In fact, it was
subsidised at $730,000."
He said the People s
Partnership built quality
homes for citizens,
regardless of their income.
He said public officers and
members of the protective
service benefited from the quality
neighbourhoods it created but the PNM is
yet to build any new homes to meet the high
He said he feared the halt on home con-
struction and distribution by Government
would deepen the backlog of applicants
Moonilal added: "We built houses to satisfy
the needs of different categories of person
not just lower income and it is a pity that
Mrs Mc Donald has not built a house yet,
has not built an outhouse yet, has not given
out one bunch of keys but is condemning
us on the very good work we have done. In
this year alone, we gave 2,700 persons houses.
You have to build houses for everyone not
just lower income groups.
"They are not distributing those homes.
We had done a random selection for persons
who have waited 15 years and over. Those
persons are not being met and treated with
so persons will not have homes for Christmas
and that to me is very sad."
St Margaret s Police are investigating
the death of an immigration officer
whose body was found in his car parked
along the shoulder of the Solomon
Hochoy Highway yesterday.
According to reports, officers on patrol
saw a Toyota Camry parked on the south-
bound lane of the highway in Gaspar-
illo.On checking, they noticed a man
dressed in an Immigration Division uni-
form, slumped in the driver s seat of the
car. Officers tried to alert him and after
realising he was unresponsive, they called
for Gasparillo fire officers who responded
along with an ambulance.
The fire officers opened the car and
when paramedics checked for a pulse,
they realised he was dead.
He was later identified as Matthew
Murray, 41, of Morvant. Police believe
he was headed to work in San Fer-
nando when he might have suf-
fered pains and pulled to the
shoulder. There were no signs
of violence. However, his
body was taken to the Foren-
sic Science Centre where an
autopsy was expected yester-
PC Nagessar is continuing inquiries.
A La Romaine man who admitted in
court to using cocaine was denied bail
yesterday on charges of allegedly stealing
six ducks valued $1,200.
Rohan Jailal, 47, was remanded into
custody after court prosecutor Chanardath
Jilmit objected to his bail on the basis that
he had 14 previous matters and five pend-
He pleaded not guilty to the charge
when he appeared before Magistrate Mar-
garet Alert in the San Fernando Magis-
Jailal, who told police he is a mason,
was arrested on November 14 by PC Quizel
Mahabir of the San Fernando CID.
Mahabir was acting on information
given by the victim, Allister Cuffy.
Cuffy reported that around 6.30 pm on
November 12, he secured his ducks in an
enclosure behind his La Plaisance, La
Romaine, home and went away.
When he returned around 10.30 am on
November 13 he discovered the ducks
Mahabir went to La Plaisance on
November 14 where he met Jailal.
However, when asked to give an official
statement, Jailal refused.
In court yesterday, Jailal first pleaded
guilty but then told Alert he did not take
the ducks but he had to plead guilty.
Alert changed his plea to not guilty,
telling him he could not say he did not
commit an offence and still plead guilty.
Jailal told Alert he "smoked" cocaine
but said he was not an addict. He said he
has been "smoking" the drug for a number
of years but police have not caught him.
Alert remanded him into custody until
December 14, when the State is expected
to disclose its evidence against him and
a trial date is expected to be set.
found dead in his
Drug addict, 47, on
house in cash
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