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Welder held with home-made shotguns
welder is expected to
appear before an Ari-
ma Magistrate today
charged with pos-
session of two home-
made shotguns, a
bullet-proof vest and
The man was held by
officers of the Northern
Division Task Force led
by Sgt Matthew Hay-
wood after a search war-
rant was carried out at
his Todds Road, Caparo
Police said they seized
the items along with
nine rounds of ammu-
nition during the search
around 12.30 pm on Sat-
The exercise also
Andrews, De Suze and
Thomas along with Cpl
Sookram. PC De Suze is
Hosein orders probe
at S/G Corporation
The Minister of Rural Development and Local
Government Kazim Hosein has directed that a
"full investigation" be launched into allegations
of "misconduct and misuse of funds at the Sangre
Grande Regional Corporation."
Hosein's office issued a media release on Friday in-
dicating that he had received correspondence on the
matter and had directed that an investigation take place
"in order to determine the facts of the matter so that
the appropriate actions can be taken."
The release said the Permanent Secretary Desdra
Bascombe had sent a letter dated March 22, to the
Director of Personnel Administration of the Service
Commissions Department requesting the appoint-
ment of an investigating officer "to enquire into the
contention of impropriety. "
The Minister has also requested an audit of the op-
erations of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
"as a matter of urgency."
Hosein said he had contacted Corporation Chair-
man Terry Rondon requesting "swift internal action
to investigate these claims."
Hosein told the Guardian that he expects to get an
update on the matter "as early as Monday or Tuesday."
He said "Politicians and public servants are account-
able to the people and must do their duties to provide
the services that are outlined in their mandates, while
strictly adhering to the rules set out by the Financial,
and Civil Service Regulations."
Asked whether the information which came to him
related to a report about private use of a corporation
vehicle, Hosein said he preferred to "wait on the de-
tails of the investigation before making any further
The T&T Guardian understands that the allegations
were contained in a letter dated March 17, which had
been sent to Hosein, the Office of the Prime Minis-
ter, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the At-
torney General with details about alleged abuse of a
Corporation vehicle and in which a driver was said
to have accrued overtime to the tune of $361,126.26
over a 26-month period. The last payment was made
The overtime was accumulated from driving a
high-ranking official (not the chairman) to and from
A copy of the vehicle's log indicates that most of
the trips were between Plum Mitan, Manzanilla, Ec-
clesville, Rio Claro and the Corporation's office in
This is in contravention of Cabinet note 208 issued
in November 2015, which establishes guidelines for
the use of government vehicles.
The note signed by Head of the Public Service Sandra
Jones states that "government officials from Ministers
to CEOs of Boards and Corporations must not use gov-
ernment vehicles for personal use or to be transported
to their private residence."
He told the T&T Guardian "the Minister spoke to me
this morning (Friday) about information he received.
I told him when the investigation takes place we will
get the truth."
He admitted to being "shocked about it," but said
"it is something administrative. I have no details until
I get a full report myself."
Asked about the Minister's request for him to take
swift action to investigate the claims, Rondon said "to-
day is Friday. I will take swift action to investigate the
claim on Monday, I am going to do that but I have to
get some more information."
The two shotguns, nine rounds of ammunition, bullet-proof vest and
camouflage kit seized by officers attached to the Northern Division Task Force.
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