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Former High Court judge Amrika
Tewarie-Reddy is tipped to be appointed
a member of the Integrity Commission.
Sources also said yesterday that political
analyst and T&T Guardian columnist Dr
Hamid Ghany is also expected to be named
as a new member of the commission.
The term of the last commission members
expired in March. They were Justice Gladys
Gafoor, who was the deputy chairman; Neil
Rolingson, Professor Ann-Marie Bissessar
and Seunarine Jokhoo.
Almost three months later President
Anthony Carmona is yet to appoint the new
commission. Chairman of the commission
Ken Gordon is the only member who
remained in office, having been appointed
just over a year ago, to replace the former
chairman Eric St Cyr who resigned.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
after her weekly meeting with the President
last Thursday told reporters the new mem-
bers of the commission was expected to be
announced shortly. The President said pre-
viously that he would appoint the new
members this week.
Tewarie-Reddy was among the prospec-
tive candidates for the post of president in
April this year.
Another former High Court judge Sebas-
tian Ventour is also expected to be among
the four commissioners.
Sources said the President was "looking
to appoint retired judges to the new com-
mission." A fourth name to surface was that
of former Central Bank Governor Ewart
And as the country awaits the appoint-
ment of new members of the Integrity Com-
mission, former minority leader in the Toba-
go House of Assembly Ashworth Jack said
it was very sad that in a nation of 1.3 million
people, it s is so difficult to find three people
to sit on the commission.
"It is very sad indeed," Jack added.
What the commission does
It seeks to promote integrity among people
in public life, from ministers of government
and members of Parliament to permanent
secretaries, chief technical officers and mem-
bers of the boards of statutory bodies and
The Commission is required to regulate
the conduct of people exercising public
functions through the receipt of declarations
of income, assets and liabilities, and by
monitoring compliance with the Code of
Conduct presented in the Integrity in Public
Life Act, 2000.
The commission is also responsible for
examining the practices and procedures of
public bodies in order to facilitate discovery
of corrupt practices.
Leader of the Congress of the People
(COP) Prakash Ramadhar says the May 15
meeting between Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley and Integrity Commission
chairman Ken Gordon at Gordon s resi-
dence was inappropriate.
The COP is a unit in the People s Part-
nership Government. Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan have already criticised
Rowley and Gordon for the meeting, which
was held five days before Rowley presented
a motion of no-confidence in Persad-Bisses-
sar for debate in the Parliament.
Ramadhar said yesterday his party "con-
tinues to stand by the position that all hold-
ers of public office must uphold the highest
standards of ethical conduct."
Ramadhar said the private meeting
between Rowley and Gordon "was wholly
inappropriate and its only effect would have
been to render the commission, or at least
its chairman, ineligible to conduct any inves-
tigation or subsequent proceedings arising
out of it, into the matters raised by the
Leader of the Opposition during the no-
The T&T Guardian repeated its initial question
on whether Moonilal had approached the HDC
board to ask it to lease the Range Rover. He is
yet to respond.
Asked whether he had received permission
from the acting Commissioner of Police or Trans-
port Commissioner to use the blue lights and
siren on the Range Rover, Moonilal said he did
not comment on matters of security.
"The devices are matters under the purview
of security authorities, I don t comment on secu-
rity issues. Suffice to say we act according to the
law at all times," he texted.
...No response yet if HDC
was asked to lease Rover
From Page A1
Amrika, Ghany tipped
for Integrity Commission
On January 17, 2012, Moonilal denied claims that
his ministry had purchased a Range Rover for his
use. Speaking during a Parliament debate, Moonilal
said MPs are entitled to concessions on cars and
most take advantage of these, using their personal
He said while in opposition he purchased a BMW
X53 but subsequently sold it and bought a Range
Rover for his personal use, using his personal funds.
Moonilal also said the Environment Ministry
planned to buy two hybrid vehicles at a total cost of
$600,000. To date, sources say this is yet to happen.
According to the Salaries Review Commission Web
site, the last pay hike for ministers and MPs was in
2006. The Prime Minister's salary was increased to
$48,000 a month; Cabinet ministers' salaries increased
to $33,000 a month and non-Cabinet ministers to
The Leader of the Opposition moved to $23,800,
MPs (non-ministers) increased to $14,000 and
senators (non-ministers) $10,500.
Among the allowances given to government
ministers are transport facilities. These include:
(i) A maximum loan of $350,000 at a six per cent
per annum repayable over six years for the purchase of
(a) a new vehicle with full exemption from motor
vehicle tax, VAT and customs duty; or
(b) a used vehicle with full exemption from special
motor vehicle tax, VAT and customs duty.
(ii) A loan to cover the cost of car insurance at a rate
of interest of six per cent per annum.
(iii) A maximum loan of $20,000 at a rate of
interest of six per cent per annum for repairs to a
(iv) A transportation allowance of $4,700 per
(v) A personal chauffeur
Maria Superville-Neilson, secretary Guardian Neediest Cases Fund, joins entertainer
Ancil "Blaze" Issac Jr of JW and Blaze fame in doing the palance dance for the song
by the same name at Saturday's Guardian Neediest Cases Fund charity fund-raiser
held at the Tragarete Road, Newtown, panyard of PCS Silver Stars Steel Orchestra.
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