Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 18th 2016 Contents A4
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 18, 2016
San Fernando mayor Kazim Hosein is denying
allegations by the head of the business associ-
ation in the city that he is breaking the law in
relation to the allowances he made for taxi driv-
ers to occupy an extra portion of the busy High
He said he made no unilateral decision and
that the arrangement was sanctioned by a
senior officer from the police Southern
Division as well as representatives from
Hosein was responding to statements
made by San Fernando Business Asso-
ciation president Daphne Bartlett that
the occupation of North/ South and
Chaguanas taxi drivers on both sides of upper
High Street was a deterrent to business opera-
She accused the mayor of giving the drivers
permission to break the law by parking on the
street opposite to their official taxi stand.
In a media release, Hosein said the arrangement
was made in conjuction with the Taxi Drivers
Associations, the Southern Division Police, the
Traffic Management Branch and the San Fernando
He said the arrangements are temporary as a
permanent solution is being worked out.
"As the first servant to the citizens of the City
of San Fernando, I take very seriously my respon-
sibility to ensure that the proper procedures and
laws are followed as I work to meet the many
demands placed on my office by numerous stake-
He said it is for this reason he ensured that
the president of all of the taxi drivers associations
representing Curepe, Chaguanas and Port-of-
Spain to San Fernando as well as the City s CEO,
Indarjit Singh, representatives of the Traffic Man-
agement Branch Southern Division and Senior
Supt of the Southern Division Police Irwin Hack-
shaw were all present at the January 11 meeting
when the decision was taken.
"As mayor, I represent the interests of the cit-
izens of San Fernando, but at no time do I make
"I am required to work together with the
administrative arm of the SFCC.
"In this instance I was also required to have
the consent of Senior Supt of the Southern Divi-
sion Police Irwin Hackshaw."
Hosein said the decision to allow nine parking
spaces for taxi drivers on the left side of High
Street was made not only as a way of supporting
the taxi drivers, who are businessmen in their
own right, but as a means to ensure customers
can continue to visit High Street to support busi-
nesses who operate there.
The drivers will soon have use of Short Street
as a waiting area, Hosein said.
Judge rules today
Justice Frank Seepersad is expected to rule today
whether a contractor waited too long to seek to
recover a $14 million retention fee for construction
works he would have done on schools during the
tenure of former prime minister Patrick Manning.
The sum represents a 10 per cent retention fee
that would have been withheld by the government
on each of the projects.
Under government contracts the 10 per cent is
withheld upon completion and handing over of the
project so that any defects can be remedied.
Terrence G Wiltshire, of the Bynoe Rowe
Wiltshire Partnership, is challenging the Attor-
ney General s decision to strike the matter out
on the basis that it is now statute barred as
they would have waited past the four years legal
limit to make the claim.
Although the work was done and completed
between the period 2008-2009, in contention is
the issue as to whether there was a revision of the
contract terms in 2011.
If there was a variation then there is a possibility
that the claimant may still be entitled to recover
the $14 million.
The partnership is being represented by Fulton
OJ Wilson and Company while Ryan Grant of the
Chief State Solicitor office is the instructing attorney
for the defendant. (YW)
Sando mayor on
for taxi drivers:
lawsuit against AG...
Cops hold teen
After weeks of searching for a teenager
who police said was responsible for a series
of shootings, wounding and an arson attack
in San Fernando, he was finally held during
a sting operation by Santa Flora police.
Investigators believe the 19-year-old Fyzabad
labourer was hiding out since the beginning
of the month, only coming out to execute
shootings in the Embacadere community.
He was held by South Western Division
police on Saturday morning and is expected
to be handed over to Southern Division police
With surveillance being coordinated by Sgt
Victor, a team of officers, including Cpl George,
PC Davis and PC Tambie concealed themselves
in some bushes while surveying a wooden
house at Lorensotte North Trace, Palo Seco
from 10 am.
Around noon, they observed the suspect
leaving the house and returned shortly after.
As he walked in, the officers quickly
approached the house and carried out a search
for arms and ammunition. On searching the
suspect, they found a Glock 27 .40 calibre
pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition
in possession. He was arrested and taken to
the Fyzabad Police Station.
The suspect is believed to be one of several
people involved in gang activities in Emba-
cadere. He is expected to be questioned in
relation to the shooting of Isaiah Mason, 13,
his uncle Kerry Clarke and fellow resident
He is also suspected of shooting at PH taxi
driver Aqeed Medford and setting fire to secu-
rity guard Enrique Villafana s apartment earlier
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