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for 02nd JULY, 2013
Members of the Integrity Commission
yesterday expressed their support for
chairman Ken Gordon, minutes after they
were sworn in at the Office of the Pres-
ident in St Ann s.
President Anthony Carmona adminis-
tered the oath of office to retired Justice
Sebastian Ventour, Seunarine Jokhoo,
Deonarine Jaggernauth and Shelly-Anne
Lalchan shortly after 10.30 am. Among
the invited guests were House Speaker
Wade Mark and Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley. No reporters were allowed
into the office because of limited space.
Mark emerged first from the ceremony.
He was followed minutes later by Rowley,
who noted it had been a while since there
was an Integrity Commission and having
a new commission appointed was "an
improvement." He said he was "quite
happy" about the development.
"There is a lot of work to be done, so
I think a lot of the noise should settle
down and get the work done," he said.
In response to a question on the Section
34 e-mail probe, Rowley said he expected
the commission to discharge its duties as
required under the Constitution. He said
it was not about personalities.
Gordon emerged next saying it was
"good to have a commission so we could
get going again." He said he was looking
forward to the months ahead, adding the
first meeting of the new commission would
take place tomorrow at 3 pm.
He said the priority of the commission
was "to get organised."
Questioned next about whether the
integrity of the commission would have
been diminished after his May 15 private
meeting at his home with Rowley, Gordon
said: "Integrity doesn t come by a switch,
it comes by performance."
Gordon said he wanted to tell citizens
a new team was appointed and it was now
time to get down to doing the job. (See
He was all smiles as he drove away yes-
terday. The term of the previous commis-
sioners had expired since March 14. Gor-
don, who was appointed in 2011, has only
completed half of his three-year term.
He met with President Carmona on
Monday, raising speculation about whether
he had a future at the commission. He
made no mention of the reason for that
meeting during the brief interview yes-
Ventour was also asked to comment on
his appointment. He promised to "do the
best I can to serve the people of T&T."
Asked if he could work with Gordon,
receives the Naima
ceremony at ASJA
Warner also dismissed Local Government
Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan s claim that
he was trying to destroy the party.
"I don t see why I will mash up something
that I have built and helped to build even when
it was in its death throes. Why should I destroy
what I had spent all this time and energy for?"
Asked if he felt it was too soon for mudsling-
ing, Warner said, "No, I am not surprised. It
may get even worse, but I ll tell you one thing;
I will not reciprocate.
"I mean after all, this is only the beginning.
I have not even begin to hit the campaign trail
yet, I haven t started and as I just said, she has
panicked, and she has panicked too early."
From Page A1
Full support for Gordon
New Integrity Commission board ready to work...
may get worse as
campaign heats up
GETTING IT RIGHT
We got our digits mixed up in a story about the
Catholic News (June 17, Page B1). The paper first
appeared in 1892. Our apologies to our senior sister
paper for the error.
VS Naipaul's classic novel A House for Mr Biswas
was first published in 1961 (June 24, Page A16).
Our apologies to Sir Vidia and Mr Biswas.
Ventour responded: "But why not, why not?" He
then smiled as he departed.
Jokhoo said he was happy to serve the country
again as a commissioner. Asked if he could work
with Gordon, Jokhoo replied instantly: "Oh yes,
In response to another question he said: "The
population has to look at itself and start erasing
the standard of behaviour in the country, that is
what they have to do."
Other members of the commission, Lalchan and
Jaggernauth, did not take questions from reporters.
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