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Two State agencies ---
the Tourism Develop-
ment Company (TDC)
and the National Lotter-
ies Control Board
(NLCB) --- have been
accused by Prime Min-
ister Dr Keith Rowley of
spending $734,000 of
taxpayers money on a
radio station to smear
his name, leading up to
the 2015 general election.
Rowley made the dis-
closure while addressing
PNM stalwarts at the
public meeting in St
Joseph on Tuesday.
The PM recalled that
one evening, while seated
in his vehicle on his way
to the Queen's Park Oval,
he heard comments being
made about him on Talk
City 91.1 FM's Ground
which he described as
"most vulgar, outrageous
Talk City is owned and
operated by State-owned
Caribbean New Media
Rowley said he ques-
tioned how a programme
like that could have been
permitted on the air-
waves, "election or no
election. It was all about
me and meh father and
meh mother and this and
this and I had raped this
Thirteen months after being suspended from
Parliament as Opposition Leader, Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley is demanding he be paid by the
State for his services as a public servant.
On Tuesday, in delivering the feature address
at a public meeting in St Joseph, Rowley said: "I
have told my lawyer to tell the Parliament I want
my money. I don't like my money to sleep out."
Last year May, then prime minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar moved a motion to suspend Rowley
for the remainder of the parliamentary term.
For the duration of his suspension, Rowley said
he was not paid as Opposition Leader.
Rowley said the move by Persad-Bissessar to
remove him was unprecedented, since nowhere
else in the Commonwealth that had happened in
112 years. The motion was passed with 24 gov-
ernment members voting in favour of the sus-
pension. Only Independent Liberal Party leader
Jack Warner voted against.
The motion was centered around the 31 emails,
purporting to come from Persad-Bissessar and
other members of her Cabinet, which Rowley read
out in Parliament in May 2013.
The emails allegedly revealed a plot between
certain Cabinet members to murder a journalist,
bug the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
and commit other acts of misconduct in public
"She (Persad-Bissessar) went in the Parliament
in Trinidad and Tobago to put the Opposition
Leader out of the Parliament."
Rowley said during his expulsion "thanks to Mrs
Persad-Bissessar and the UNC, the Parliament
refused to pay me."
Rowley said even though he could not enter
Parliament, he functioned as Opposition Leader.
"They banned me from the Parliament but they
could not touch me as Opposition Leader because
under the Constitution the Opposition Leader is
a person who holds that position by virtue of the
support of his colleagues. The person who has the
majority of support who is not the Prime Min-
While he was banned, Rowley said President
Anthony Carmona acknowledged his post as Oppo-
sition Leader. On many occasions, Rowley said he
had to sign off on the appointment on many posts
in T&T, including that of acting Chief Justice.
"I am putting on notice tonight. If I don't get
my money on the grounds that I didn't work then
it means it didn't have no Opposition Leader. It
means that all them thing that I signed... me ain't
sign good. It means that everything that the Chief
Justice did in the courthouse while I sign for he
ain't no good."
Rowley said he decided to tell the public because
that was their business.
"Who created this mess? Kamla Persad-Bissessar
and the UNC, who now want to advise this Gov-
ernment on how to run the country," he added.
PM: I want my
and done that."
The PM said the pro-
gramme was conducted
by known felons who
were on the then govern-
Rowley said it was later
discovered that both
NLCB and TDC had
made payments to run
the programme on the
"These payments were
made by the TDC and
the NLCB. Taxpayers'
cash was being used to
conduct that vulgarity of
the last campaign... to
abuse the Opposition
In May, June and July
of 2013, Rowley said the
radio station received
payments of $86,000,
$100,000 and $86,000
For the periods Sep-
tember, October and
December in 2014, the
station collected $45,000,
$40,000 and $30,000.
By April of 2015, Row-
ley said a total of
"$734,000 was paid" to
the Ground Report.
Rowley also spoke
about the Chaguaramas
(CDA) coming to the
Cabinet for an increase
in its overdraft to pay
"And while they can't
pay salaries for workers
in there, that same
agency entered into a $12
million contract with
Ernie Ross to provide PR."
The PM said the CDA
spent $9 million on PR
and was "being sued for
another $3 million. So it
was a $12 million deal.
That is how the plan was
In May 2015, Ross
Advertising was paid
$8,057,000 by the CDA
to develop and co-ordi-
nate the authority's
tions and marketing ini-
This was revealed by
former minister of plan-
ning and development
Bhoe Tewarie in answer-
ing a question in the
House of Representatives.
In addition to the $8
million, $3.6 million was
paid in legal fees to a
number of attorneys.
Rowley also con-
demned NLCB for decid-
ing in July 2015 to cut ties
with CNMG and instead
pay more than $35 million
over the next five years
to a private entity, Media
21, to broadcast the lot-
"Those who came into
office found it necessary
to bring that activity out-
side of the Government
premises and of course,
they are telling us that we
can't stop the contract,"
The PM has instructed
Attorney General Faris
Al-Rawi to look into this
Rowley accuses TDC and NLCB:
$734,000 spent to smear me
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, second from left, shares a light moment with his Cabinet ministers after Tuesday's community meeting,
hosted by the constituents of St Joseph at their community centre on Market Street. From left is Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, Health
Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and Finance Minister Colm Imbert. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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