Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 17th 2016 Contents A6
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Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan said
a handful of inconsiderate people are mak-
ing life miserable for thousands of citizens
in Chaguanas. Boodhan visited flood-
stricken areas in Endeavour and Cunupia
He said some people have encroached on
the reserved lands on riverbanks to squat
or extend their properties, and doing so
made it difficult and even impossible for
crews from relevant State agencies to main-
The mayor was also disgusted to see large
quantities of garbage and debris clogging
He said the Town and Country Division
of the Ministry of Planning had never given
any person or business permission to build
on the river bank. Boodhan said the CBC
would be serving eviction notices next week
to people occupying areas on the river banks
and would be going in with crews to clean
up clogged channels.
"Persons cannot take the law into their
own hands and build on the river banks",
Boodhan called on the relevant Govern-
ment ministries to also take a pro-active
approach and clean channels in the dry sea-
Amrit Bansee, a resident of Endeavour,
blames the HDC housing project of Oasis
Gardens for contributing to the woes of the
people of Endeavour.
He said the drainage system at Oasis Gar-
dens was poorly constructed without any
consideration for the surrounding commu-
Bansee said: "They make a development
with no planning for drainage. Where does
the water go? It goes into the same old
channels that has have been here for how
"A new bridge was built, but the chan-
nels were not changed and at the down-
stream end of it nothing was done, so
where does the water go? More water is
being thrown into the stream and must
Sherman Sieuchand, a resident of Sat-
narine Trace, Cunupia, said flooding at
Hinking Road near the Cunupia River can
be attributed to land grabbing.
He said: "A couple of the issues we having
is that everybody here is looking to seize a
little piece of the drain, a little piece of the
river and narrowing up the water entrance
and that is what causing the flooding."
Land grabs worsening
flooding in Central
Boodhan criticises 'inconsiderate' squatting
Nine-year-old Mark Tenia mops up a room at his home at Salvary Road, Las Lomas No 1, yesterday, after it was flooded due to
persistent overnight rainfall on Thursday night. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
A 30-year-old man, who was stabbed
to death near a bar, became the first murder
recorded in Tobago for 2016.
Zaquius Daniel was said to be near the
Livewire Bar in Lambeau, Tobago, when he
was confronted by a group of men.
Daniel lived nearby.
According to police, Daniel was stabbed
and beaten during the confrontation.
Police say the group of men were well-
known in the area and arrests are expected
Up to yesterday, a 22-year-old man was
detained and is assisting police with their
investigations, while a Toco man is also
being sought in connection with the inci-
dent. The Tobago Homicide Bureau is spear-
The total number of murders in T&T,
including Tobago s solitary one, now stands
Tobago records first murder
• From Page A3
Sunday Guardian was yesterday informed that since
2011 the union tried to hold negotiations with the UNC
but "unfortunately, they did not meet with us and
basically let it lapse. They did not even bother to meet
with us and talk about the terms and conditions and
so on. The UNC chairman (David Lee) and MP for
Couva South (Rudy Indarsingh) met for a discussion
a few weeks ago and it seemed that the new rental fee
could not be met by the party."
Indarsingh served as the president general of the
ATGWTU from 1999 to 2012 before he was replaced
The source said there had always been a "particular
relationship" with the political party because of the
historical dynamics and that the matter was a long
outstanding issue in which the UNC failed to meet
and negotiate with the union.
"By not having a lease arrangement they are actually
month to month tenants in law so now we have a sit-
uation where we instituted new terms and conditions
and it seems they are able to meet them."
The letter sent earlier this month indicated that
failure to agree with the union s terms and conditions
"we would have no choice but to ask them to give up
the premises by July 31."
Hinting at ingratitude, the source said: "The greatest
sin a person can commit is to show ingratitude or to
take the ones closest to them for granted. It is not a
political issue. Politics has nothing to with it. This is
a landlord/tenant issue and at the end of the day the
economics of the world has changed. What was offered
in the past can longer be offered now."
Sunday Guardian was told that the UNC paid a "flat
$12,000" and never had to pay for water, electricity
or even toilet paper.
The UNC s release confirmed that the party was
asked to vacate Rienzi Complex and that the rental fee
was increased to $25,000.
It said: "To date the UNC has paid all rentals for
the use of the premises including the increased rental.
It is important to note that the increased rent was
accompanied by the union implementing a month to
month agreement with the party."
Chairman Lee said he sought to undertake nego-
tiations with the union by meeting with Maharaj to
reach an agreement beneficial to both parties but this
proved to be unsuccessful.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar did not
respond to calls on her mobile or text messages, whiles
calls to Rudy Indarsingh s phone went unanswered.
Former UNC chairman Jack Warner who was elected
in 2007 and stepped down in April 2013 yesterday said
he felt very sad.
He said Rienzi was a place Panday had and it was
there the UNC was born.
Warner said people like Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj,
John Humphrey and Kelvin Ramnath passed through
"And the fact that they have been evicted, not moved,
they have been evicted with no place to go is a very
sad day indeed.
"It is a sad day for politics and a sad day for the
Opposition. I wish times were different but then again
what you plant is what you reap," warner added.
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