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"It is clear from the above provisions and in
particular Section 138(d) of the Constitution and
Section 5(e) and (f) and Section 33(a) of the act
read together with Section 24(1) and (2), Section
27(1) and Section 29(1) of the act that the com-
mission is vested with jurisdiction to investigate
the matters raised in the purported e-mails to
determine whether the conduct of any person
who falls under the purview of the commission
is dishonest, corrupt or conducive to corruption."
The statement added that the commission also
has the jurisdiction to consider and inquire whether
there have been breaches of the act, including
breaches of the code of ethics, or whether an
offence has been committed under the Prevention
of Corruption Act.
The commission said it was also public knowl-
edge that the purported e-mails were the subject
of a police investigation which was being monitored
by the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions
Honore-Paul has been advising the police on
how to treat with the probe.
Rowley was interviewed by police last week.
During the interview the police said they would
like to examine Rowley s computer, which they
believed could assist them with the probe.
Al-Rawi: PNM welcomes the move
Public relations officer of the PNM, Senator
Faris Al-Rawi reiterated yesterday that the inves-
tigation was best suited to the commission, as it
possessed broad-based powers under the Integrity
in Public Life Act and more particularly under
"The independence of the Integrity Commission
is enshrined in law and properly insulates from
any political mischief," he said.
"We look forward to co-operating fully with
any investigator as shall be assigned to this matter
and we pray the Government will desist from
spreading inaccuracies relative to the Integrity
Commission s extent of power."
On the statements provided to the police by
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Local
Government and Works Minister Suruj Rambachan
via their attorney, Pamela Elder, SC, Al-Rawi said
individuals were constitutionally entitled to the
privilege against self-incrimination.
He said Rowley did not go the route of providing
the police with a statement through his attorney
because he believed in transparency.
"Dr Rowley has demonstrated his transparency
in treating with matters by happily presenting
himself for personal statements to the police," he
Thursday, June 6, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
The water tender involved in an accident
last November was so badly damaged that
it should have been disposed of.
Acting deputy chief fire officer Dana
Roach made that recommendation in a
November 29 letter which also recommend-
ed that a replacement should be acquired
for approximately $2.7 million.
The letter was written before Cabinet
agreed to the reduced price of $6.8 million
for retrieving the firetruck after it ran over
a cliff in Blanchisseuse.
Cabinet twice refused to agree to the
original quotation of $10 million.
The letter, obtained by the T&T Guardian,
said nine days after the accident on Novem-
ber 17, the truck was inspected by a team
comprising acting brigades engineer Earl
Browne, acting divisional fire officer Arnold
Bristo and the service manager of Indocom
Ltd, local agent for Rosenbauer International,
the company that supplied the water tender.
The inspection was to evaluate its service-
ability. The team found damage to the entire
rear of the appliance, damage to the water
tank and severe damage to the crew cab
and the drive train. On this basis Roach
wrote: "In this regard the general consensus
was that it was too costly to refurbish the
vehicle as opposed to purchasing a new
appliance for approximately $2.7 million.
"It is therefore recommended that the
appliance be placed on a board of survey
listing to be disposed of, with a further rec-
ommendation that the appliance be retained
and those serviceable parts be utilised for
the maintenance of existing and similar
appliances in the fleet."
Contacted yesterday, Roach said, "Well,
first of all I have no comment to make...As
far as I am concerned that is an internal
"A decision was made to retrieve the
vehicle and that is it," he added.
The water tender, from the Arima Fire
Station, was responding to a call from Blan-
chisseuse when it ran off the road, plunging
over a 300-foot cliff, a T&T Guardian exclu-
sive reported on Tuesday. Six firefighters
were aboard but escaped serious injury.
Cabinet twice refused to sign off on the
$10,189,115 quotation submitted, but even-
tually agreed to a revised price of $6.8 mil-
lion. The note was taken to Cabinet by the
national security minister at the time, Jack
Warner. The tender was retrieved by
Sammy s Multilift Services Ltd, a subsidiary
of Junior Sammy Contractors.
In an interview with the T&T Guardian
last week, Ramdath Ramsubir, of Sammy s
Multilift, insisted the cost was "justified,"
when told that concerns had been raised
about the hefty sum paid for the job.
Ramsubir said: "It required a lot of equip-
ment and manpower. It took us four days.
We used modular trailers and we had other
mobile equipment that was used to minimise
traffic. We had about 25 people on site who
literally camped out there."
However, in a report dated November 22
and sent to permanent secretary in the
National Security Ministry Jennifer Bou-
caud-Blake, former chief fire officer Carl
Williams said the job was completed two
days after the accident.
Ramsubir could not be contacted yester-
day. See Page A5
Before $6.8m wrecking fees paid for water tender...
Top fire officer
What the Fire Service reported:
In a cover letter attached to the report sent to
the PS, former chief fire officer Carl Williams
"Mr Junior Sammy of Jusamco Ltd was
contacted and a crew from that company was
sent to retrieve the water tanker from the
precipice. This Herculean task was achieved at
around 9 pm on November 19.
"The appliance vehicle was sent to Arima Fire
Station to maintain our emergency response in
Williams also mentioned the outstanding
payment to Sammy's Multilift Services Ltd.
Referring Boucaud-Blake to the invoice
submitted, Williams said: "I have perused the
attached document and found the contents to be
"In this regard, the payment to Sammy's
Multilift Services Ltd in the sum of $10,189,115
"This payment is to be made for retrieval of No
504 water tanker, registration TBY 9251 which fell
down a precipice in Blanchisseuse (in the vicinity
of Asa Wright Nature Centre) on November 17,
Williams reported that the Fire Service land
search and rescue teams from the Santa Cruz and
Chaguanas Fire Stations had gone to the scene
but were unable to retrieve the water tender.
Breakdown of the bill:
While Ramsubir refused to give a breakdown of
the bill, the T&T Guardian obtained a copy of the
pricing for the job.
The $10 million bill (VAT inclusive) listed:
Supply of equipment---$7,539,000
Supply of manpower---$303,600
Supply of supervisors---$522,500
Transportation of workers---$100,000
Miscellaneous tools (compressor, power
The damaged firetruck after it
was towed to the Junior
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