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Asked if her discussion with a US official in Wash-
ington days after that incident influenced her decision
to accept Warner's latest resignation, she said: "What
happened thereafter, what was different to two weeks
ago to last Sunday when I accepted the resignation,
was the report by a very eminent jurist (Sir David
Simmons, chairman of the Concacaf Integrity Com-
"So this was no longer a newspaper report, an
opinion of journalists, not that I have anything against
those, but every Monday morning somebody makes
an allegation...do I then fire a minister, asking him
to step down. We don't operate like that.
"I don't think any Government can operate like
that because allegations do not represent what may
be the reality."
She added: "It was the report presented by former
(Barbados) Chief Justice Simmons and others who
put their report forward and I felt in all of the cir-
cumstances I would want to accept that offer of res-
ignation. That is what changed in that period of
The PM said she felt Warner's resignation now
offered him an opportunity "to clear his name."
She said she also did not "understand why when
Sir David Simmons was doing his investigations, Mr
Warner did not put out his side of the story, because
I read in the report that he did not co-operate and
I was concerned about that."
"Why? Why didn't he?" she asked of Warner's
refusal to respond to the allegations before the com-
"If he had further information that was different,
I found it a little surprising that he did not use the
opportunity to put those forward and perhaps now
he has a little more time in which he could put his
case on his side to these matters in the public domain."
Asked if she would also allow Warner to contest
the forthcoming by-election on a UNC ticket as he
desires to, Persad-Bissessar said the former minister
will have to go through the normal party process.
She said she was not prepared to say more on the
matter, adding the party will decide on it in due
"It is not only an issue about the seat, because
we all know Mr Warner has been a very good MP
but there were other issues which came into the pot
and into the mix and those still remain not yet dealt
with and still outstanding and swirling around. So
we see the way forward and put God in front and
do what is right," she said.
PM: Jack must follow
normal party process
Former minister Jack Warner has writ-
ten to the Prime Minister expressing con-
cern over the turn of events at the Ministry
of National Security since his exit from
the Government eight days ago.
Warner initially turned to leader of gov-
ernment business in the House, Dr Roodal
Moonilal, for help to save the job of his for-
mer research specialist, Sunil Ramjitsingh.
Less than 48 hours after Warner called it
quits, Ramjitsingh was facing the axe at the
security ministry but the intervention of
Moonilal saved Ramjitsingh from being ter-
And in a two-page letter sent to the acting
Prime Minister Errol McLeod on Friday,
Warner stated: "I have been advised that
at yesterday's Cabinet meeting the issue of
moves on Wednesday to fire my former
research specialist Mr Sunil Ramjitsingh
from the Ministry of Works and Infrastruc-
ture (MOWI) where he was employed, was
"I am also advised that certain misstate-
ments were made to the Cabinet by the
new MOWI in relation to the matter, and
as such I wish to set the record straight for
the benefit of my former Cabinet, the Prime
Minister and the People's Partnership,"
Warner said he was advised that Ramjits-
ingh was summoned to the office of per-
manent secretary Isaac James on Wednesday
to discuss termination of his contract.
According to Warner, Ramjitsingh was told
"political matters" surrounded the deci-
Rambachan, Warner said, also met with
Ramjitsingh on the same day and inquired
about his work arrangements.
"Dr Rambachan asked him about his
position and work arrangements, to which
Ramjitsingh explained that when I was the
minister at the MOWI, I caused him to be
hired in the post of research specialist which
paid a meagre salary of approximately
$7,000, and I subsidised the difference out
of my personal funds so that he would not
be out of pocket," Warner stated.
The former minister said he paid Ramjits-
ingh an additional $6,000 monthly apart
from his regular salary.
Warner said he complained to Moonilal
about the situation and he later promised
to rectify the matter.
"It is clear that in less than 48 hours
after my resignation from the Government,
a most vindictive strike was made against
a talented, hard-working and dedicated
young man whose only crime was to be
associated with me," Warner said.
Warner also claimed that Rambachan
contacted a resident of Cunupia (name
called) and advised him that he (Rambachan)
would be working with the "Hon PM and
a few other ministers to get rid of Jack
Warner." He promised to reveal more at a
Attempts to get a comment from James
on the issue were unsuccessful on Friday,
as his secretary said he was unavailable to
When Ramjitsingh was contacted, he
wanted to know the source of the infor-
mation. When this was not disclosed, he
declined to comment.
Continued from Page A1
As his former research specialist faces the axe...
Jack turns to Moonilal
and McLeod for help
supporter and her
Bissessar on her
Canada, at Piarco
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