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Fresh internal conflict is threat-
ening to break the United National
Congress (UNC) apart in the build
up to internal elections. With just
days to go before the party elects
its leader, the mostly clean cam-
paign has suddenly turned nasty
as one would-be deputy leader was
threatened for taking sides against
incumbent Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar.The Sunday Guardian has learned
that former sport minister Brent
Sancho aligned himself with chal-
lenger Vasant Bharath s Team Recon-
nect and was immediately "threat-
ened with exposure" by Persad-
Bissessar s team.
Sancho, the Sunday Guardian is
told, quickly withdrew his candidacy
bid and has since left the country.
"I have been told that he would
return after the internal election,"
one UNC insider said.
With the rumour mill in overdrive,
no one wanted to officially comment
on what Persad-Bissessar s team
was allegedly holding over Sancho s
Another insider close to Sancho,
however, directed the Sunday
Guardian to the September 2 issue
of The Sunshine newspaper, a week-
ly publication owned by former gov-
ernment minister Jack Warner. The
only story Warner s publication ran
on Sancho that month was his
alleged involvement in an adult tape.
Sancho could not be reached for
comment but texted the newspaper
that he was "in a meeting" and
therefore could not talk.
A Team Reconnect insider con-
firmed that Sancho made an appli-
cation to be on Bharath s slate in
the capacity of deputy political
leader. He confirmed also that San-
cho left the country and indicated
that he would return only after the
December 5 election.
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by internal strife
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar
displays an invitation to the PNM's London
fund-raiser at a town meeting at the
Charlieville Presbyterian School, Friday
night. PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
With less than one week to go
before the United National Congress
(UNC) internal elections, popular
psychic Winston Ragoo is seeing a
clear victory for Kamla Persad-
Bissessar at the polls.
The election which is scheduled
for Saturday will see Persad-Bissessar
fighting challengers Vasant Bharath
and Dr Roodal Moonilal for the lead-
Approximately 95,000 UNC mem-
bers are eligible to vote.
On Friday, Ragoo gave a prediction
on the outcome of the election, stat-
ing that he did not see Persad-Bisses-
sar facing a tough fight.
"I don t see Vasant as a strong
competitor in this race. He is neither
here nor there," Ragoo said.
As for Moonilal, Ragoo said, he
too did not have a fighting chance.
"This was not Roodal s time to
contest for a seat. He jumped the
gun. The members in the party have
a lot of mixed feelings about Roodal
when it comes to him leading the
party. Nobody trusts his ability to
become the country s next prime
minister," Ragoo said.
Ragoo said Moonilal should have
taken his time before throwing his
hat into the ring.
"He didn t even give himself time
to settle in the Opposition. Everything
was rushed. This is where I think he
Of the three candidates, Ragoo said
Persad-Bissessar would get the back-
ing of UNC supporters to take home
He said supporters would rally
behind Persad-Bissessar for her pop-
ularity and her government s per-
formance in the last five years.
"Those are the two things Kamla
has working for her. Kamla will win.
She will get the support of old and
young members. There is no doubt
about it," Ragoo predicted.
But Ragoo forecast that while Per-
sad-Bissessar was likely to rule the
roost once more, she would face some
hurdles working with certain MPs
after December 5.
"The MPs would not be as strong
and cohesive as before. The infighting
within the party s hierarchy would
continue. This would further weaken
and destabilise the UNC, which
would work to the PNM s benefit."
With the constant pulling and tug-
ging, Ragoo predicted that the party s
support base would further decline.
"This would cause a further divi-
sion. Some people would resign, while
others would try to form a new UNC
under a different name. A new party
has to emerge because in the eyes of
some people they feel they do not
have a proper leader to fight and
uproot the PNM from government."
Ragoo said the majority of sup-
porters of the new party would come
from the sugar belt.
win for Kamla
...but UNC support base will
further decline with infighting
Psychic Winston Ragoo
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