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United National Congress Chaguanas West
by-election candidate Khadijah Ameen yes-
terday again claimed thuggery had reared its
ugly heading the campaign.
She made the comment during a walkabout
with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
at Cacandee Road, Felicity.
She said several reports had come in since
the campaigning intensified, but claimed she
had one report of a man in a UNC T-shirt being
beaten and tossed into a drain by rival supporters,
while another man s family had been threatened.
Ameen called on her supporters to desist
from retaliating because of such incidents, and
called on other candidates to ask their supporters
to do the same.
Persad-Bissessar, meanwhile, said children
were not and would not be exploited on the
She said: "My love, I have always loved chil-
dren. You know that my entire life has been
dedicated to the children of this country, there
is no targeting, we just love children."
The PM had been asked about criticisms that
children were being used on platforms to gain
political mileage by candidates.
She said because of her love for children she
had set up the Children s Life Fund, had given
computers to secondary school students and
ensured education for all.
"Please don t use the children against us," she
Persad-Bissessar said support for the UNC
She said the residents of Chaguanas West
realised the importance of remaining in gov-
ernment and would vote UNC in the July 29
She said despite the significance of the election,
especially with the challenge from her former
ally Jack Warner, the party planned to run a
low-key campaign without much advertising.
She said the UNC would ensure that its elec-
tion-day machinery was in place to mobilise
Speaking about the conditions of upper Cacan-
dee Road, the PM said the area needed improve-
ment in drainage and roads. See Page A7.
From Page A1
"Jack Warner is out to destroy and elim-
inate everyone who has helped to build
the UNC to what it is today," she said as
she trained her guns on her former "ally."
She said Warner was teaming up with
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley "to
remove my generals and lieutenants so
that he can try to remove me. If you
remove these people you will never see
"Today he wants to destroy our leaders
so that he can come after me and my
job," she declared.
She urged supporters to stay focused,
"stay united so we could stay in govern-
The PM also accused Warner of engag-
ing in "twisted logic" and "not so subtle
attempts to hoodwink you (constituents.)"
Contacted by telephone yesterday,
Warner refused to comment on the source
of his funding, but assured the PM she
need not worry about where it came from.
"I can assure the Prime Minister, SIS
(Super Industrial Services) did not give
me my money nor any other contractor
for that matter, but I do not want to go
down there. That is not my style," he said.
"I will not retaliate against her. I told
you guys I am not going down to the
Prime Minister s level. I want to maintain
Warner, who was a major financial con-
tributor to the UNC s 2010 general election
campaign from wealth generated through
his tenure in Concacaf and Fifa, said he
would respond fully on Friday night at
an ILP meeting scheduled for Frederick
"I will not retaliate or say anything
negative or nasty on the campaign," he
"I said between now and the by-elec-
tion (July) 29, the Prime Minister and her
ministers will say even dirtier things and
they may have people to blog even worse
matters. I still refuse to be tempted or
baited to go down to that level."
Warner also promised to respond to
Persad-Bissessar s suggestion for the con-
ditional return to the UNC by withdrawing
his nomination and clearing his name
"Follow my meeting on Friday and see
the level and the quality of my campaign."
Kamla: Jack after
me and my job
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar hands a UNC button to a resident of Upper Cacandee Road, Felicity, whose baby she holds
during a walkabout with the UNC candidate for the Chaguanas West by-election Khadijah Ameen, yesterday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL
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