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Managing director of the
Housing Development Corpo-
ration (HDC) Jearlean John is
citing "political motivation" as
the only reason behind a deci-
sion by the new HDC board of
directors to send her home yes-
John and seven other mem-
bers of senior management were
sent on immediate leave.
The new board, headed by
Newman George, met for the
first time yesterday and after a
presentation into the works by
the HDC, the board called for
an independent audit of the
The T&T Guardian under-
stands that the audit is to be
done by PricewaterhouseCoop-
ers.The board also determined
then that John and seven other
senior level personnel would be
sent on administrative leave,
pending the completion of the
John, in an interview with the
T&T Guardian moments after
the decision, said she was sur-
prised the board would make
such a move, and alleged polit-
ical motives behind the board s
"This board obviously came
in to take political action. This
has to be politically motivated,"
She said her work "crossed
party lines" and because of her
innate professionalism she was
able to work well despite the
"Everything they asked me
for, I have provided with no indi-
cation of dissatisfaction with
the information received.
"Even what they have not yet
asked for that is part of the nat-
ural handover, I have provided.
I have remained open and trans-
parent so I don t understand
how the need for an independ-
ent audit can be a reason for me
being sent on administrative
leave," John said.
The T&T Guardian received
texts between George and John,
which show that George con-
tacted John at 11.36 pm on Tues-
day night informing her that he
had "two matters" which needed
attention and advised her to call
him by 5.30 the next morning.
John responded immediately
to that text and then called him
the next day.
When asked about that
exchange, John said she found
it "unprofessional" but recog-
nised then what she was dealing
That, the T&T Guardian was
told, was cemented when George
told John, the chief legal officer
and the corporate secretary that
he "had no heart and no con-
"My expectation is that the
audit goes back from the periods
2000-2004, then 2005-2009
and 2010-2015," John said.
She joined the HDC in 2009,
appointed by the then People s
National Movement (PNM)
administration to replace Noel
Garcia is now the chairman
of the Urban Development Cor-
poration of T&T (Udecott) where
John sat under the former
John dismisses all allegations
of political allegiance to either
the PNM or the People s Part-
nership and had maintained her
work ethic and style of man-
agement had kept her at the var-
ious State enterprises.
She said she liaised effectively
with the new board and her new
line minister, Housing Minister
McDonald, in a brief interview
yesterday, said she had not yet
been "apprised" of the outcome
of the board meeting at HDC.
"I was at Cabinet and then
at constituency meeting, so I
have not been in touch or
informed of what went on at
the meeting," McDonald said.
George answered his mobile
phone but asked that he be con-
tacted again within 20 minutes
but did not respond to several
successive calls for comment.
President of the Debe to Point Fortin Highway
Action Committee, Edward Moodie, is calling on
Minister of Works and Transport Fitzgerald Hinds
to prevent 59 people from losing their homes.
The families are in danger of being evicted from
their rental units after the state failed for the past
five months to pay their rent. The families were
relocated by the Government during construction
of the Debe to Point Fortin Highway.
More than 100 residents along the highway to
Point Fortin had their homes demolished to make
way for the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension.
The residents agreed to move after being prom-
ised lands at Petit Morne and Picton.
They were promised a rental allowance until
the lots were ready for construction of the new
Yesterday, a group of affected residents protested
outside the Transport Ministry to bring attention
to their plight.
However, Moodie, who attempted to enter the
ministry to speak to Hinds, was barred by security
officials and told he had to leave.
He asked to speak to a secretary or representative
of the minister and was denied that.
In an interview after the protest, Moodie, who
was a community consultant with National Infra-
structure Development Company Ltd (Nidco), said
many of the affected residents had been awaiting
their rental allowance for the last four months.
"The two outreach offices which were set up
in Debe and Fyzabad have only excuses to give to
the residents. Visits to Nidco s head office have
also come up empty-handed with respect to when
their rent will be paid," Moodie said.
He said one lady was thrown out of her rental
apartment because the rent could not be paid.
"Who is to blame? Is it all UNC politically-
appointed people at Nidco trying to make the
PNM look bad or is it that the PNM has adopted
a UNC style of approach to victimise those whom
they feel are not their supporters?" Moodie asked.
He said either way the affected residents were
He added: "Christmas is coming and Nidco
officials will be collecting their Christmas bonus
while we the residents are being discriminated
against. Where is the justice in all this?"
Hinds did not answer several calls to his mobile
audit into HDC
59 want minister to
help stop eviction
Sent on immediate
• Managing director: Jearlean
• Chief legal officer: Indira
• Corporate secretary: Ann
• Chief construction engineer:
• Divisional manager, estate
management: Amalie Carter.
• Manager, settlements:
• Communications external:
of housing Dr
has criticised the
PNM for the
dismissal" of eight
to mask their
inability to deliver homes to the
needy by focusing on abusing
managers. The PNM cannot
build one house but will send
home senior staff at HDC one
week before Christmas," he
Moonilal kept John as HDC
managing director as she was
appointed by the former PNM
"This is mass
have eight high level
managers at the
dismissed. It speaks
volumes in terms of
persecution of hard
officers who have
and careers to serve
the underprivileged and the
needy," he said.
Moonilal described the
dismissals as a "December
fishing expedition or witch-
"I feel sorry for the
thousands of citizens who
would be denied a home for
Christmas because of the
malice of the PNM," he added.
MOONILAL ALLEGES POLITICAL AGENDA
Dr Roodal Moonilal
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