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Leader of Government Busi-
ness Dr Roodal Moonilal is con-
fident that former Chaguanas
West MP Jack Warner will do
nothing to undermine the UNC.
Moonilal was speaking to
reporters as the party s national
executive (known as Natex) met
at Rienzi Complex to deal with
Warner s resignation and
upcoming local government
elections last night. Moonilal
admitted that Warner s resigna-
tion was on the agenda.
"Natex has a regular agenda
and we receive reports from var-
ious office-holders for the rest
of the year, involving the national
congress and the national assem-
bly. We have to put things in
place for the local government
elections," Moonilal said.
He added that the UNC had
not yet started filing nominations
or screening candidates.
Told that the PNM was ahead
in screening, Moonilal quipped,
"The PNM is always ahead of
us in that---but they are never
ahead in voting."
Asked about Warner s chances
as an independent candidate,
Moonilal said: "Mr Warner is a
colourful character. He has
expressed an interest in contest-
ing the seat under the UNC and
we will meet and treat with that.
Mr Warner is a strong and loyal
member of the party and he will
do nothing to undermine or
affect the party."
He said independent candi-
dates had never won elections.
"The society is settled on
party politics and it is difficult
for independents to get a
foothold. I don t have much hope
for independent candidates,"
UNC deputy leader Dr Suruj
Rambachan also said discussions
were scheduled on Warner s res-
ignation and Natex would decide
if formal disciplinary proceedings
were to be instituted against
"I think it is very nice for peo-
ple to go up as independents and
come forward to fight elections.
It is a good thing for the country
and the democracy. The party is
always bigger than the individ-
ual," Rambachan said
Several executive members
who attended the meeting
expressed support for Warner.
MP for Toco Sangre Grande Dr
Rupert Griffith said Warner
would be missed.
"The party s image is not
affected at all. Warner is a well-
loved person and he was a great
minister. We all will miss him.
"The party is a strong party
and we are working together,"
Friday, May 3, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for slapping pupil
for 02nd MAY, 2013
The principal of a primary school in
Rio Claro has been suspended after report-
edly striking a standard three pupil so
hard his handprint could be seen on the
boy s face.
The Teaching Service Commission (TSC)
suspended the principal last Thursday pend-
ing further investigations. However, the
principal, who is nearing retirement, could
face further disciplinary charges from the
Education Ministry, as well as criminal
charges, as the matter has been reported
to the police.
The incident is said to have occurred
during the last week of last term, before
the Easter vacation.
Reports say a teacher sent the child to
the principal s office and during the time
he was there he was slapped in the face.
The child s mother was in the school at
the time and when she saw the handprint
on her son s face, she immediately took
him to the Rio Claro Health Centre, then
reported the incident to the police.
Photos were taken of the injury and the
medical and police reports and statements
were sent to the school supervisor in the
South Eastern education district. They were
subsequently passed on to the ministry and
TSC, which found there was sufficient evi-
dence to suspend the principal.
An official from the ministry yesterday
said the ministry has a policy of no corporal
punishment against students, and the prin-
cipal, who has faced similar challenges in
the past, had clearly flouted that rule.
The official said after the TSC ruling,
the ministry will now have to appoint an
investigating officer of a superior rank to
gather evidence, including statements from
the child, parent, principal and teachers at
the school, to determine if there is sufficient
evidence for the TSC to lay disciplinary
charges against the principal.
Contacted yesterday, T&T Unified Teach-
ers Association (TTUTA) general secretary
Peter Wilson said he was not aware of the
incident. He said that such incidents were
very rare in the teaching service.
Wilson said the union also represents
principals, but he did not know if the prin-
cipal in this case was a member. He said
once a member requested representation,
TTUTA will accede.
Meanwhile, the father of the child said
yesterday that he would prefer the process
takes its course. Failing this, he said, some
other action will be taken.
"And the process seems to be working
so far," he said.
He said the police had not yet contacted
him or his wife to say if any criminal pro-
ceedings would be taken against the prin-
Asked if his son was an errant child, the
father responded, "He is no angel."
He explained that circumstances war-
ranted his son s being sent to the principal s
office on the day in question and also led
to the parents being called to the school.
Pointing out the case in which a ten-
year-old boy from a Tabaquite school was
charged with assault and remanded to the
St Michael s School for Boys on Tuesday,
the father said: "As a parent we have to do
what we can to make the world a better
place. We cannot bury our heads in the
sand and pretend everything is okay, because
we would not be helping him or the world."
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He said this matter was one of "great and urgent
public importance and it required some priority
from the Police Service."
He said Duprey did not need a summons to tell
him he was wanted by a commission of enquiry
because he had lawyers who were representing
him in the commission.
In response to another question, Ramlogan said
questions about Duprey s return and departure
were a matter for the Chief Immigration Officer
and the Commissioner of Police.
The AG said Duprey s "non-appearance and the
failure to co-operate provides the commission with
a solid legal platform and foundation to make the
kind of findings and adverse inferences based on
the unanswered evidence and the unchallenged
testimony before the commission of enquiry."
He said T&T could not make laws that it could
enforce on foreign soil with some co-operation
with the respective countries, and it was very dif-
ficult to serve Duprey s warrant in a foreign country
because it was of a criminal nature. He said the
matter involving Duprey was also not an extraditable
According to Ramlogan, Duprey s non-co-oper-
ation "will assist in the criminal investigation that
is under way."
He said the commission of enquiry had served
its purpose, as it has "acted as a catalyst for the
The AG said he was looking forward to the report
to be presented by Colman, "which we expect will
assist in the pursuit of social justice, one way or
AG: CoP has
Moonilal: Jack won't undermine UNC An advertisement erroneously appeared on
Page 71 of yesterday's edition that promoted the
Caribbean Investment Forum 2012.
The T&T Guardian apologises to the
stakeholders of the CIF and in particular the
Ministry of Trade and the T&T Manufacturers
Association (TTMA) for any inconvenience or
embarrassment that may have been caused by
this unintended publication.
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