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He also responded
to a release issued by
the Law Association
yesterday, in which it
urged the police to
"use the best
resources available to
expedite the investi-
gation as well as
ensure that the inves-
tigation is thorough, impartial and comprehen-
Indicating his support for the association's call,
Richardson agreed with the position adopted by
the association as it awaited the outcome of the
The release said the association had "taken a
measured and deliberate approach to these events
to allow for proper investigation.
"In the circumstances to ensure continuing
confidence in Parliament, key office-holders, the
Office of The Director of Public Prosecutions and
the police, the Law Association calls upon the
police to use the best resources available to it to
expedite the investigation as well as to ensure that
such investigation is thorough, impartial and com-
prehensive," it added.
It said the association "refrains from comment-
ing on matters that are still inchoate and are the
subject of ongoing police investigation, as to do
so without factual basis would be irresponsible"
and urged the police to come to "the expeditious
resolution of this matter."
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
The water tender fiasco...
for 11th JUNE, 2013
and GEISHA KOWLESSAR
Acting Chief Fire Officer Nayar Ram-
persad has been ordered to submit a report
on the controversial firetruck to the Min-
istry of National Security by the end of the
On Monday, Rampersad told the T&T
Guardian he had no need to submit a report
because one had been submitted by former
chief fire officer Carl Williams.
However, the T&T Guardian learned that
after statements by Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar at the opening of the
Caribbean Investment Forum on Monday,
ministry officials contacted Rampersad yes-
terday ordering him to submit a report.
Persad-Bissessar refused to take questions
about the water tender on Monday except
to describe the controversy as a "fiasco."
"I believe the present minister of national
security is seeking a report. Therefore I will
hold any comments on that until the report
is done," she said.
Neither Rampersad nor line minister
Emmanuel George could be reached for com-
ment yesterday, as telephone calls went
directly to their cellphones.
A ministry official said yesterday there
was very little Rampersad could do.
"A decision was taken and a report was
already submitted," the official said.
"We are not expecting anything new to
come out of this matter. It is just a matter
of formality at this stage because of the
Ramlogan: Wait and see
If no report is submitted, the Government
will cross that bridge when the time comes,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said yes-
He said there was nothing more govern-
ment members could say on the matter, as
the PM had already spoken.
Asked about the T&T Guardian's report
in yesterday's paper that no report would
in fact be submitted, Ramlogan said: "I can't
take your word for it. I must wait when that
time comes, and when that happens we will
cross that bridge when it comes.
"The Prime Minister had already spoken
so it would be improper for me, or any other
minister, as a matter of fact, to speak after
the prime minister."
PNM: Not good enough
Public relations officer of the People's
National Movement (PNM) Faris Al-Rawi
yesterday accused the Government of acting
above the law.
"It seems also that the Government hold
one standard for themselves and another
for everyone else. The PNM notes with seri-
ous concern the Cabinet splintering over
the scandal of the wrecking of the now infa-
mous firetruck," Al-Rawi said.
He added that the procurement method
was yet another example of "PP-style gov-
Saying the issue of Cabinet responsibility
was on the mind of every citizen, Al-Rawi
said stemming out of this there were some
elements of the Congress of the People (COP)
who showed indignation over the issue.
On Page 8 of Monday's Guardian, a word was
omitted from a comment by social worker Pearl Lalla.
She actually said there were no rehab centres for
teenagers. Our apologies for the error.
The dancers featured in a photo on Page A9 of the
Sunday Guardian on June 2 were members of the
Pranava Kala Kendra dance group of the Pranava Ed-
ucational Institute. Bhalinda Francois, Nerala Mohit
and Sadhana Ramroop were performing at the Divali
Nagar, Chaguanas, on May 30. Our apologies for
wrongly identifying them.
Fire chief ordered
to produce report
The damaged firetruck lies on a flatbed trailer owned by Junior Sammy after it was towed
GETTING IT RIGHT
Law body wants
used for probe
The water tender, from the Arima Fire
Station, was responding to a call about a
fatal car accident in Blanchisseuse last
November when it ran off the road.
Sammy's Multilift Services Ltd, a
subsidiary of Junior Sammy Contractors,
was hired to retrieve the water tender, and
submitted a quotation of $10,189,115.
Cabinet twice refused to sign off on the
payment, but eventually agreed to a
revised $6.8 million price.
However, other wrecking services
estimated the cost for such a job at
Also in contention is the distance the
water tender plummeted when it ran off
The head of Sammy's Multilift, Ramdath
Ramsubir, claimed the water tender had
plunged 300-400 feet down a precipice.
His statements have been contradicted
by Williams, who in his November 22 report
to Permanent Secretary Jennifer Boucaud-
Blake said the water tender was 15 metres
below the roadway. An amateur video from
the scene posted on Youtube estimated the
distance at 60 feet and showed it had run
down a hill, not over a cliff.
DPC Mervyn Richardson
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