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Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
has admitted that he personally
endorsed Jack Warner to contest
the Chaguanas West seat because
he believed Warner was the best
candidate for the job.
Ironically, Khan was speaking
on the UNC s platform at the
ASJA Girls College, Charlieville,
Chaguanas, before Warner s ace
rival, Khadijah Ameen.
Khan did not urge the support-
ers to vote for Ameen, who is one
of four candidates who will be
going up against Warner for the
seat on July 29, but instead
explained how his name ended
up on Warner s nomination form.
"I endorsed Jack Warner on his
nomination form. I did it because
Jack Warner was and is my friend,"
he said to loud applause.
He added, "He wanted to be
the UNC candidate. I am not
ashamed of that, but at the end
of the day we had a screening
committee. My job was to put up
the candidate that I want."
However, Khan noted that the
UNC screening committee, which
comprises of members of the
national executive, examined the
candidates and chose Ameen.
"They came up with the results
that they would be preferably
united for Khadijah Ameen.
Therefore the party has spoken
and in order to have a strong gov-
ernment you must have a stronger
"Without a stronger party, the
government is useless. We need
to keep the party strong," Khan
Giving a history of the UNC s
implosion in 2000 which saw the
downfall of the then government,
Khan said the UNC had until
tomorrow to convince Warner to
return to the UNC.
"I will tell you something, elec-
tions are not an easy thing and it
drives you down and makes you
tired," he said.
"At the end of the day, you have
to ask yourself do you want a
strong party to make a strong gov-
ernment, or do you want to make
sure that we are all back together
sometimes, rather than have an
Khan said he had already expe-
rienced the implosion of a past
UNC government and this was
not what he wanted for the Peo-
ple s Partnership.
"In 2001 when we had the
Ramesh Maharaj, Trevor Sudama
and Ralph Maraj walk out, I asked
(Basdeo) Panday to reconcile with
Ramesh and Panday curse the liv-
ing daylights out of me. I didn t
go for elections because once you
split a party you can t win," Khan
He noted that the stems of the
letter "Y" do not meet at the top.
"Dont be a Y. We have until
Monday July 8 to convince Mr
Warner to come back home. I have
been through this. Let us get the
party stronger and move forward
as a unit," Khan said.
However, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar announced later
at the meeting that Warner had
been automatically expelled from
the UNC after setting up his own
party to run against it in the by-
election. She accused Warner of
putting in motion a mechanism
to overthrow her Government.
Community Development Min-
ister, Winston Gypsy Peters, who
is also rumored to be throwing
support for Warner, also said it
was the PNM who was the enemy.
"I have fought to make the UNC
stronger than I met it," Peters said.
"I fought alongside others to
make the UNC strong. I have
stood up with UNC for us to have
a strong leader who will bring us
into government and that was
what we did."
He added that the People s
Partnership was facing obstacles
from many quarters, including the
labour movement, which staged
a demonstration in Port-of-Spain
on Friday on which it called for
the removal of Persad-Bissessar
from office, and it was time for
all members of the coalition to
stand together in unity.
Fuad endorsed Jack as UNC candidate but....
As mud-slinging between Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
her once loyal sidekick Jack Warner
intensifies, one of the People s Part-
nership (PP) coalition leaders, Ash-
worth Jack, is warning them not to
make bitter enemies.
Jack, who heads the Tobago Organ-
isation of the People, made the com-
ment at the UNC s public rally at ASJA
Girls College in Charlieville, Chagua-
nas, on Friday night.
Speaking before hundreds of flag-
waving yellow-clad supporters, Jack
urged the contenders in the July 29
Chaguanas West by-election to not
destroy the relationships they had
forged before 2010.
Though he stopped short of throw-
ing support for UNC candidate Khadi-
jah Ameen, Jack said it was important
not to lose sight of the 2015 general
"We have to ensure that when all
this is over, we have a government that
is intact," Ashworth said.
He added that he was not always
pleased with everything that was going
on with the Partnership.
"The PP was born to build a better
country. It is unfortunate that we are
not going in same direction, but we
have to ensure we hold together and
ensure we are not fragmented. At end
of day we have to face the enemy of
the PNM, so let us not misdirect our
energies," Jack said.
He said the worst nightmare anyone
could have was waking up in 2015 to
find the PNM in control of the coun-
try.Ameen promised to fix roads, build
box drains and build community cen-
tres if she was elected into office. Saying
she had fallen in love with the people
of Chaguanas West, Ameen said she
was grateful that so many people had
opened their homes to her. (RS)
Sacked justice minister Herbert Vol-
ney is warning Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar that the tag team of
Jack Warner and himself could bring
down her People s Partnership Gov-
ernment in the 2015 general elections.
Volney said he and Warner were
responsible for toppling the People s
National Movement in the 2010 general
elections, and if Persad-Bissessar fails
to take decisive action against the cabal
within her Cabinet and the wrongdoings
of her ministers, "We will in 2015 take
her down as well. We have the expe-
rience of doing it."
Volney also urged Government MPs
to garner courage and stand up for what
is right, so the PM can fire ministers
Roodal Moonilal, Chandresh Sharma,
Suruj Rambachan and Attorney General
Only when this is done would the
public s confidence in the Partnership
be restored, he said.
Speaking at the launch of Jack Warn-
er s Independent Liberal Party (ILP) in
Felicity, Chaguanas, on Friday, Volney
admitted that he was leaving the UNC
to join the ILP, but did not say when.
While Warner said his fight was not
with the PM but the cabal, Volney said
he too faced the same problem.
Asked if there were Cabinet ministers
and MPs supporting Warner quietly,
but fearful of coming forward, Volney
said, "These are Cabinet ministers, they
are people with children in university,
people who have mortgages and that
sort of thing---most of them are not
financially independent and they need
their jobs and to maintain their quality
"What I have learnt from Mrs Per-
sad-Bissessar the hard way---any sign
of dissent in her Cabinet is automatic
Volney said in time other MPs would
muster the courage to do what he had
With the People s Partnership Gov-
ernment losing Warner and himself,
Volney said the UNC would no longer
have a majority in the Parliament.
"The UNC will have 19 seats. Now,
all it takes is a few more persons to gar-
ner the courage of their convictions and
realise their political survival in the
future depends on standing up for what
is right, and in the short instance, try
to get the Prime Minister to fire Mooni-
lal, fire Chandresh Sharma, fire the
Attorney General as well as Surujrattan
Once these men were sent packing,
Volney said, "You will find that Mr
Warner and I will come back and sup-
port the Prime Minister because we like
the woman...even though she has shown
treacherous ways of late. It is because
she has been spoilt by these people."
Volney, who indicated that he was a
one-term minister, said he did not want
to go back into the executive arm of
"That is not to say, if the people of
St Joseph asked that I be returned, that
I won t consider it when that time
comes. I really do not want to go back
as a cabinet minister."
Volney said the way forward for his
constituents was going green, the colour
of the new ILP.
"I will convince them that that is the
way to go."
Asked if the formation of the ILP was
the beginning of the end of the PP, Vol-
ney said no, but it could be the catalyst
of things to come if the PM did not
wake up to what was happening polit-
ically in the country.
"I believe there is still time. But there
will come a time when persons will
realise that they can no longer support
the corruption, nepotism, cronyism and
cabalism of which they are not part,
but which is sinking each and every
one of them from public office."
He condemned the appointment of
Rabindra Moonan as Housing Devel-
opment Corporation (HDC) chairman
and the $24,000-a-month leasing of
a Range Rover used by Housing Minister
Dr Roodal Moonilal.
Volney said his biggest disappoint-
ment in the PP had been the failure of
the Congress of the People (COP) to
bring balance to the Government. He
said, however, that he had no regrets
of joining the UNC, and this was all
part of God s plan.
Ashworth worried about cross fight
Volney gives PM 2015 warning
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, political leader of the UNC, is greeted by supporters on her arrival at
a UNC public meeting at ASJA Girls' College, Charlieville, on Friday night. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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