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Moruga residents protest bad infrastructure, no jobs
MP gets earful of complaints
Starved of proper infrastructure and
job opportunities, angry residents of
Fifth Company, Moruga blocked the
Moruga Road yesterday, calling on their
MP Dr Lovell Francis to provide proper
But even as Francis spoke to the residents,
some of them criticised him, saying that his
presences in the community had dwindled
since the 2015 general election.
Traffic backed up along the Moruga Road as
the residents placed logs to block several areas,
ensuring that their cries for help be heard. By
around 10.30 am, a backhoe and dump truck
from the Princes Town Regional Corporation
cleared the blockades under police watch.
However, residents said that once the police
left, they would have continued their protest.
They told the Guardian that their roads are bad,
their drains are slipping away and jobs were
desperately needed for the young people in the
community. In addition, they also called for
a community centre with a basketball court
and playing field to be built.
"We get nothing around here. They came
to us for election but they don't come to us
for nothing anymore. We want a community
centre so have something to do around here. We
have nothing else to do when the day comes but
sell drugs and buy guns. All we want right about
now is money, fun and girls," a resident said.
Rose-Ann Regis said the people were upset
with Francis, some of whom even went to his
office for help, only to be told that he was not
an ATM machine.
Francis, whose constituency day was yes-
terday, got an earful from the residents when
he visited the protest. He said he could under-
stand if people wanted him to be more visible,
but added that many of them do not come to
his constituency office. He said he leaves his
St Mary's Village home at 6 am for work in
Port-of-Spain and returns around 9 pm.
He explained that there is a drain in the
community that needed repairs, which he will
speak to the Ministry of Works and Trans-
port about. He said he was not aware of water
problems in the community before and was
in regular contact with WASA. He also said
unemployment in the community was already
being looked at.
With respect to the Community Centre, he
said the Government does not own the lands
in Fifth Company. He said the lands belong to
the descendants of the Merikins, who have no
titles or deeds.
"Somebody tried to donate land for us to
put down a playing field, but there was some
contention with that because someone else
came and put down a fence, claiming it was
their land. This is a 200-year-old issue so
the owners cannot sell it or divide it for the
Government to come in and do anything,"
Two sentenced to death for killing pundit
Two men were sentenced to
death yesterday for the murder
of a pundit ten years ago.
Sunil Singh and Baldath Ramp-
ersad were read the death sentences
by Justice Carla Brown-Antoine af-
ter being found guilty of murdering
Kamal Harripersad. Harripersad,
54, was chopped to death at his St
John's Trace, Orange Field Road,
Chaguanas home on August 3,
20017. The following year his
younger brother, Balraj Harriper-
sad and witness to the murder was
killed execution style at his home.
It took the jury three hours to
deliberate and determine the guilt
of the men who not only killed Har-
ripersad but beat his wife, Tara Lo-
chan, on the head with a gun butt
and stole cellular phones, jewelry
and $300 according to her testi-
Also testifying for the prosecu-
tion was Jagdeo Persad, the driver
of the getaway car the killers used
following the chopping. Persad was
later declared a hostile witness after
State attorneys Nigel Pilgrim and
Giselle Ferguson-Heller sought the
judge's permission to do so.
Singh and Rampersad were rep-
resented by attorneys Sophia Chote,
SC, Michelle Solomon and Keith
Moruga/Tableland MP Dr Lovell Francis is confronted by Hazelann Cooper during protest action taken by residents of Samuel Cooper Trace,
Fifth Company, Moruga, yesterday.
A backhoe removes debris along the road at Fifth Company, Moruga, folllowing a protest by residents yesterday. PHOTOS: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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