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New THA Chief Secretary
to hit ground running
House of Assembly Chief Sec-
retary Kelvin Charles plans to
tackle the issue of crime in To-
bago as his first priority.
He said although security was
primarily the responsibility of
the Central Government, how it
affects tourism would be looked
at in a serious way.
"We will continue to collaborate
with the Central Government. In
fact, as part of my programme I
indicated that I would engage the
security services here, to ensure
that at the end of the day, whatever
crime plan that they do have, that
is tailored to the Tobago situation,"
he said moments after being sworn
in at an inauguration ceremony at
the Assembly Legislature here in
Other big ticket items his ad-
ministration intends to deal with
include agriculture, tourism, pro-
ductivity, education system and
Minority leader Watson Duke
echoed similar sentiments, saying
the issue was very important to his
party and would take top priority
due the increase of gun-related
crimes on the island
"Based on a scientific study
done and data gathered, crime
would be a top priority, because
crime affects every single thing,
it affects tourism, it affects ag-
riculture, it affects education, it
affects health," Duke said.
"For the year we already have
two gun-related murders and
about six shootings, so we would
really want to see the plan of the
PNM and see if we can bolster
that plan with some ideas of our
own, because as you know dur-
ing the campaign we have been
out there garnering views from
all the persons and we developed
a mandate. We have a perspective
on crime, so if we are able to unify
and harness the ideas together, we
would be able to come up with a
good crime plan."
He said once an effective crime
plan is established, the Assembly
would be able to arrest the ills on
the island and give Tobagonians a
level of comfort.0
Twelve THA assemblymen and
four councilors were sworn in by
President Anthony Carmona to
much fanfare yesterday.
Former Secretary of Community
Development and Culture Dr Den-
ise Tsoiafatt-Angus was sworn in
as Presiding Officer, Assemblyman
Ancil Dennis is the deputy Presid-
ing Officer, while former finance
secretary Joel Jack was sworn in as
deputy Chief Secretary.
Three councillors were sworn in
on the majority side in former PNM
Senator Nadine Stewart-Phillips,
healthcare expert Dr Agatha Car-
rington and PNM Tobago Council
PRO Kwesi Des Vignes.
The minority meanwhile select-
ed Dr Faith Yisrael, who lost the
Goodwood/Belle Garden seat to
Hayden Spencer by five votes, as
Secretaries and Assistant Secre-
taries of divisions are expected take
the oath of office at President's
House today at 11.30 am.
Sources revealed that some
changes are afoot within the As-
sembly, as some divisions will be
consolidated in keeping with the
Fifth Schedule of the THA Act.
Some of those include:
Division of Finance & Enter-
prise Development will now be
Division of Finance, Planning &
Division of Tourism& Trans-
portation will now be Division of
Tourism & Culture
Division of Education, Youth
Affairs & Sport will now be Di-
vision of Education & Human
Division of Community De-
velopment & Culture will now be
Division of Community Develop-
ment, Youth Affairs & Sport.
Although the PNM hierarchy
has been tight-lipped on the ap-
pointments to divisions, the T&T
Guardian was reliably informed of
the following postings:
Chief Secretary & Secretary for
Marslyn Jack---Assistant Secre-
tary for Education
Councillor Nadine Stewart
Phillips---Secretary of Tourism &
Councillor Agatha Carring-
ton---Secretary of Health & Social
Secretary of Health & Social Ser-
vices. With responsibility for So-
Councillor Kwesi DesVignes---
Secretary of Infrastructure & Pub-
retary Infrastructure and Public
Joel Jack---Deputy Chief Secre-
tary & Secretary of Finance Plan-
ning & Fiscal Policy
Hayden Spencer---Secretary of
Settlements & Labour
Jomo Pitt--- Secretary of Agri-
culture & Marine Affairs
Secretary of Agriculture & Ma-
rine Affairs with responsibility
tary of Community Development,
Youth & Sport
Ancil Dennis--- Assistant Secre-
tary of Community Development,
Youth & Sport
The team is expected to engage
in a strategic planning and orien-
tation session next Monday.
Newly-sworn in members of the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
are being told the elections are over
and it is time to govern the island.
The call was made by President
Anthony Carmona yesterday, as he
addressed those present at the tenth
inauguration of the THA.
Carmona said he was relieved the
process was over, adding the victors
should now get to work. He also strongly
objected to some of the utterings made
during the recent campaign trail.
"In congratulating all the successful
candidates in the THA elections after a
hard-fought battle among the parties,
where sometimes reason fled, as so of-
ten happens when adversarial politics
occurs on the hustings, when there are
things that are said that should never
be said and where vitriol and rancour
became oppressive to the law-abiding
citizens watching on and we do take
small comfort, we resign to warm char-
acterisation of it being the result of a
silly season. It is however over," he said
He said like the rest of Trinidad and
Tobago, he welcomed the sense of
calm, harmony and celebration which
was being realised by the inauguration
ceremony. He said there was also a need
to recognise that both Trinidad and To-
bago need each other to be successful.
"In our Westminster form of govern-
ance, what is exercised is not really a
separation of powers, but an interde-
pendence of powers and practically,
what binds and keeps our democracy
together is the practice of independence
"No one in governance should ever
aspire to be an island. The unwavering
JENSEN LA VENDE & KEVON FELMINE
A 24-year-old Santa
Cruz man is assisting
police with their inves-
tigation into the mur-
der of his 44-year-old
friend Kwesi Mona.
Mona, 44, a Guyanese
national, was found dead
at his Curepe home on
Wednesday night and
the man unconscious
Police said around 9.45
pm they received a report from the landlord of an
Alice Street apartment complex of a commotion there.
When police arrived they found Mona dead and his
friend unconscious. The man was taken to hospital
where he remained in a stable condition under police
guard last night.
Mona, a security guard, was described by relatives
as the life of the party at the Forensic Science Cen-
tre, St James, yesterday. They said he had been in the
country for close to 20 years and was the father of a
According tohis autopsy report,Mona was beaten on
the head and strangled with a belt. The cause of death
was ligature strangulation, but the several blows to his
head resulted in no head trauma, the report stated.
"We don't know if the murder has to deal with his
sexuality. We don't know if they were hanging out and
an argument ensued. He was wonderful, really nice
guy, always helpful and loving. All people mattered
to him, it didn't matter if they was gay or straight,"
one relative of Mona said.
The relative added that Mona's way of living should
be the way everyone lived.
"He was always the family clown, he would always
be the one to bring thejokes and always find something
funny to say," relatives said.
In an unrelated incident,police are investigating the
murder of a Cedros man whose bullet-riddled body
was found along the Icacos Beach on Wednesday night.
According to reports, South Western Division Task
Force officers were patrolling along the Icacos Beach
Road around 7.20 pm when they were stopped by a
The man told them that around 4 pm he saw a man
lying motionless on the beach. When the officers
checked, they found Richard Harman Arjoon, also
know as Bunny, dead on the beach. Arjoon, of Green
Hill, Bonasse Village, had wounds to his fingers.
Forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov revealed
that he died after being shot twice in the chest and
behind the neck.
Homicide Bureau Region Three officers also re-
sponded to the scene but have not yet established a
motive for the killing. However, some residents believe
it might be drug related. They said Arjoon worked with
fishermen to help pull boats ashore.
Police are also probing the discovery of skeletal
remains at a house of Couva on Wednesday night.
A report stated that around 8 pm, Couva CID of-
ficers went to a house at Deonarine Junction where
they found the remains of a man on a mattress. The
remains were taken to the Forensic Science Centre
for an autopsy to be done.
President Anthony Carmona, right, looks on as THA minority leader
Watson Duke takes the oath of office during yesterday's swearing-
in ceremony in Scarborough.
Charles targets crime first
support of institutional systems grounded into the
interdependencies is critical in upholding the tenets
of a practical, sustainable democracy," Carmona said.
He also touched on the spiralling crime in the coun-
try. he said it was possible to reduce crime but it would
take the unified and collaborative approach by all sec-
tors in society. --- CASANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
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