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Sporting an outstanding green
tie and bearing a green bay leaf
in Parliament yesterday, sacked
justice minister Herbert Volney
all but declared his intention to
jump the UNC ship and join the
"green ship." He said three MPs
will, in time, join the "green ship",
"I ve seen the ship come into the
harbour and I ve gone to meet it."
Volney spoke to members of the
media after the sitting and, later,
to the T&T Guardian.
Questioned later on the three
MPs, Volney said: "I would not rat
on the confidence of MPs of the
House of Representatives.
"Whatever views were given to
me, were given in confidence." But
he said: "Three MPs will, in time,
join the green ship."
And what about the Opposition s
support for Warner, as it is being
alleged? "I don t know about that,"
Volney asserted his new found
independence by being the only
one in the House to not vote for
the Dangerous Dogs Bill which was
passed with all the Opposition
"This is my declaration of inde-
pendence," he said.
He said the bill was "anti-poor
man" because the pitbull is the
poor man s dog and he will not
have money to pay the exorbitant
insurance for it.
Former government minister and
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner,
whose nomination as a UNC can-
didate in the July 29 by-election
for the vacant seat was rejected by
the Government, has announced
that green is now his colour, imply-
ing a new political party is to follow.
Explaining the choice of the bay
leaf, Volney said it wards off pests.
Asked what might be the name of
Warner s party, he said he, too, was
waiting for it but would love if
Warner uses the word "patriotic"
Asked if he was resigning from
the UNC, he implied that was
"I don t want to leave the UNC
but if the UNC doesn t want to
withdraw the candidacy of Khadijah
Ameen (UNC Chaguanas West
candidate), I will have to support
"If they don t want to sort out
their problems, let them expel me,
and Warner, and everyone else who
disagrees with them."
Asked if he would be playing an
active role in the election campaign
for Chaguanas West, Volney said:
"I will lend support to Mr Warn-
er."He said he has no immediate
plans to speak on Warner s platform
but the dynamics of politics is such
that he could very well end up lend-
ing him a hand.
Volney said he does not believe
the people of Chaguanas West will
turn on Warner.
"I do not think the people of
Chaguanas West would like to be
branded neemakaram, that espe-
cially as East Indians, they are
ungrateful people. Mr Warner has
done a lot for them and I don t
think they will vote against him."
He said he cannot support
Ameen because she is "unsuited."
Asked why she was more unsuit-
ed than Warner, Volney replied:
"Because there are many allegations
Commenting on Warner s
integrity, which Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar questioned
at a UNC meeting in Chaguanas
West last Monday, Volney said:
"She always knew about these alle-
"Why did she keep him in Cab-
inet all the time if she knew about
that? It served her purpose. It was
a purpose of convenience."
Asked if the Concacaf report by
Sir David Simmons did not con-
cretise the allegations against Warn-
er, Volney said: "Nothing came out
of it, nothing. No charge has been
"No indictment has been
returned. Nothing, just allegations.
It s Concacaf and Fifa s way of get-
ting rid of people, by having these
reports made against them."
Asked with all the controversy
surrounding Warner if he had not,
in fact, become a liability to the
government, Volney, likening
Warner to a sort of Jesus character,
said, "He shed himself of all his
robes and came down to be one
like the people, with nothing, no
"And he has come to them and
said if you find that I am with sin,
forgive me and re-elect me. But if
you cannot accept me as I am,
then reject me.
"And the people are entitled to
sanitise him by voting for him.
That is why they say the voice of
the people is the voice of God. God
forgives. People can forgive."
Asked if he was begging people to
forgive Warner his sins, Volney
said: "I am not begging anybody
to do anything."
Volney denied his jumping ship
is because he has an axe to grind
or is a case of sour grapes.
"Let the donkeys bray," he said.
Criminals will no longer be able to
sport pitbulls and other dangerous
dogs as a symbol of badjohnism and
That s because they will now have
to get a certificate of good character
from the police to own a dangerous
dog, ranked in Class A in the Govern-
ment s Dangerous Dogs Bill passed in
the House of Representatives yesterday
with all the Opposition s votes.
People wanting to own a dangerous
dog will have to get a Class A licence
and a veterinary certificate.
Further, if any vet is planning to cheat
the system and give out false certificates,
the bill is one step ahead. A vet who
gives out a certificate falsely can be
"That will keep away criminalism,"
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said
in Parliament yesterday as he listed
amendments to the Bill in consultation
with the Opposition.
And, if you are planning to intrude
or unlawfully trespass onto someone s
property, forget it.
If the owner s Class B dog, deemed
a non-dangerous dog, attacks you, the
owner will not be held liable. The leg-
islation permits you to encourage your
dog to be aggressive and to intimidate
"People want to protect life, limb
and property," Ramlogan said. "To
criminalise that would undermine the
intention of the owners."
However, if you think you can incite
your dog to commit a crime, think
again. This would be a criminal offence
and will carry the required penalty, the
It will also be a crime to chain your
dog to the gate post and just leave him
there, hardly feeding him or paying any
attention to him.
There s a new clause in the bill that
says every person who keeps a dan-
gerous dog must provide him with ade-
quate food, water, shelter, vet care and
Ramlogan appealed to people who
are reportedly abandoning their dan-
gerous dogs because of the Bill, to take
them to the dog pounds.
He said the Government is trying to
increase the capacity of the pounds to
accept more dogs. YB
A Mayaro mason
died on Tuesday when
the concrete deck from
which he was working
A report said Jagdeo
Sookraj, a 28-year-old
father of three of Cedar
Grove Road, Mayaro
died around 9 pm
while trying to prop a
beam he noticed lean-
He and his wife
were was in the process
of renovating the fam-
ily s shelter.
Sookraj s wife, Lisa
Ramcharan, said her
husband, with the help
of relatives, had just
completed a day s work
of casting the decking
when he noticed one
of the beams leaning.
It was while Sookraj
was trying to prop the
leaning beam the entire
decking collapsed and
fell on him.
family members called
the Mayaro Health
Centre for an ambu-
lance but was told one
could be dispatched
only if it was an emer-
Ramcharan said her
husband started to
scream for help and
was pulled out by rel-
atives and taken by car
to the centre but was
pronounced dead on
arrival. Sookraj was the
sole bread winner of
Work platform claims
life of Mayaro mason
The bay leaf which St Joseph MP Herbert Volney brought to Parliament yesterday attracts the attention of
Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan as the pair chat in the Parliamentary chamber at the
Waterfront Complex, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
Volney elects to be in Warner's party corner
Opposition joins votes
with government dog bill
Calls on UNC to
The collapsed structure where Jagdeo Sookraj died on Tuesday.
PHOTO: ALANA SURAJ
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