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United National Congress Chaguanas West by-
election candidate Khadijah Ameen has dismissed
questions over whether the People s Partnership is
funding her campaign, saying money cannot buy
loyalty and the Government cannot spend huge
amounts of money on a UNC campaign.
"I am not running an expensive campaign...the
Government cannot spend money on a UNC cam-
paign," she told the T&T Guardian in a telephone
interview on Thursday.
Her comment comes in the wake of Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar s questioning of the source
of Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack Warner s
funding for his campaign in the hotly-contested July
The PM queried Warner s source of funding during
a UNC meeting in Cunupia on Monday, saying the
former Fifa vice-president appears to have a bot-
tomless pit of money.
Noting that money cannot buy loyalty, Ameen said
Chaguanas West constituents have told her they were
offered thousands of dollars to vote for a certain
party but had turned it down.
She said people had been volunteering their time
and their own finances to assist in her campaign.
"One man with a printery pulled my picture offline
and made 5,000 fliers and said that was his contri-
bution...another woman printed jerseys to hand out,"
Ameen told of a number of government projects
in the pipeline before the election, which were now
being done in Chaguanas West. These include the
paving of roads and the regularisation of people occu-
pying former Caroni (1975) Ltd land.
She challenged the T&T Guardian to "come and
see for yourself" the kind of reception she was get-
She said a poster with the words "Jack s City" in
Chaguanas West was torn down, apparently by the
same people who put it up, and replaced with one
that said "UNC City".
Commenting on her earlier reports of thuggery
against UNC supporters by rivals, she said the police
do not have reports of them because no reports were
made. She claimed supporters from a rival camp
reportedly ripped off the UNC jersey of one of her
people and threw him in a drain and another activist
She said she had received no further reports of
thuggery, but noted that these things tend to happen
in election campaigns and, sometimes, without the
knowledge of the candidate.
"I am not accusing any candidate," she said.
Ameen said she has seen thuggery used in past
campaigns since she was 17, but never saw it get
beyond a certain level.
"I remember a UNC mock station being kicked
down in the East-West Corridor but things have not
been as bad as in other countries," she said.
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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar says Chaguanas West is
still "neglected" after the years of
representation by Jack Warner.
Persad-Bissessar made the com-
ment on Thursday while speaking
during a cottage meeting at John Peter
Road, Charlieville, Chaguanas, in sup-
port of Khadijah Ameen, the United
National Congress candidate for the
July 29 by-election.
In her 30-minute speech, the PM
said she wanted to know where the
money allocated for infrastructure
development in the constituency
under Warner, former UNC chairman
and national security minister, had
She said at the next Monday Night
Forum in Chaguanas West, she would
disclose the amount of money that
was allocated to ensure that drains,
roads and other infrastructure in the
community were improved.
Several residents had formally com-
plained about clogged drains and other
inadequate infrastructure to the PM
during a walkabout earlier.
Persad-Bissessar said an audit of
the Ministry of Works was being done
to determine the amount of money
allocated for infrastructure develop-
ment. She said the details would be
revealed on Monday.
She said after her walkabouts in
the country, she was appalled by the
lack of proper infrastructure in
She said the people of Chaguanas
must ask Warner "where the money
gone?" She said she was not seeing
evidence of infrastructure develop-
ment in the area.
"I cannot see where the money has
gone," the PM added.
"For the amount of money allocated
to this constituency I am not seeing
Earlier, COP member and Minister
of the Environment and Water
Resources Ganga Singh said the elec-
tion was not about box drains but the
future of T&T.
Before the meeting, Persad-Bisses-
sar had led two-hour walk in the area,
giving gifts to residents. She was
hugged by children and the elderly,
including disabled people.
Ameen on campaign funding:
Money can't buy
Kamla: Chaguanas West
neglected under Warner
Chaguanas West by-election candidate Khadijah Ameen, right, greets residents during a walkabout on John
Peter Road, Charlieville, on Thursday. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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