Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 21st 2013 Contents A7
July 21, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Fresh elections for an executive of
the Media Association of T&T (Matt)
has been carded for August 24.
The decision was taken yesterday at
a meeting which took place at the
National Library in Port-of-Spain.
The meeting was called following
the resignations of members of the
executive last week and to chart a way
forward for the organisation.
Close to 40 media practitioners were
in attendance at the 80-minute meet-
ing, with 14 of them becoming new
A vote was taken for veteran jour-
nalist Sunity Maharaj to chair the meet-
ing since there was no functioning
Last May an interim executive was
installed and was headed by Suzanne
Sheppard who was then former editor
of the Trinidad Guardian.
Judy Raymond, editor in chief was
vice-president, while CNC3 presenter
Francesca Hawkins was secretary and
Laura Dowrich-Phillips, editor of the
Metro Magazine was first floor mem-
Ira Mathur was assistant secretary,
Anthony Gittens was treasurer and
Kevin Baldeosingh was second floor
The meeting was scheduled to start
at 10 am but got underway at 10.25 am
UNC Chaguanas West candidate Khadijah
Ameen believes that Jack Warner, the ILP interim
leader, has reached to his "lowest point of des-
Speaking with the Sunday Guardian, Ameen
answered the allegations made by Warner when
his ILP held a public meeting on
Friday at the Marchin Recreation Ground, Char-
lieville. Warner showed a photo of Ameen and
councillor Dianne Bishop seated in front of a birth-
day cake with small piles of cash stacked around
Warner alleged the monies were kickback from
contractors. Ameen said, however, it was Bishop s
birthday and the cash was from a sou-sou paid to
Bishop. Ameen claimed the photo was supplied by
another COP councillor who was desperate and a
She said she had assisted that councillor to get
a job for a relative in the corporation.
She said: "I can sleep at nights, I don t have any
skeletons in the cupboard...People with glass houses
should be very careful at the stones they cast. Some
may fall on their windows."
Answering charges that her driver at the Tuna-
puna/Piarco Regional Corporation received more
than double his salary in overtime payment for
taking Ameen around on private business, Ameen
said her driver was never used for anything than
official business. She said all overtime was approved
by the CEO of the Corporation. Ameen said "Mr
Warner is now clutching at straws, what else can
he do? He failed to deliver to the people of Chagua-
nas West and created a public relations image about
himself. Maybe he should answer why an employee
of the Ministry of Works hardly shows up for her
job and is instead sitting inside his Chaguanas West
offices. He should clear the air on that."
Ameen said Warner was now poaching on the
COP and trying hard to cause a fracture in the PP
Government. She said allegations made by Warner
on the PP leadership was nothing more than a sin-
ister plot to sway supporters to his ILP, hoping that
the COP members "would take basket."
Ameen said the public should look carefully and
observe that it was only a handful of PP councillors
were jumping ship to the ILP and questioned why
PNM councillors were not going to the ILP.
"Is it because they are all of the same party---
PNM A and PNM B?"
Ameen said the UNC was receiving tremendous
support from the people of Felicity since they believe
that Warner is himself run by a one-woman cabal
at the helm of the ILP. (See Pages A8, A9)
set for August 24
...interim management team put in place
at lowest point
with Hawkins making a statement in the absence of
Sheppard and Raymond.
Raymond arrived ten minutes later.
Four media practitioners offered themselves to be
part of an interim management committee.
They were Faine Richards of CCNTV6, football
writer Lasana Liburd, Maharaj and Kayode James.
However, Mathur had initially offered herself to
be part of the committee and while making a state-
ment along with the other three seated at the head
table she was interrupted by Maharaj.
Maharaj said she wondered whether Mathur was
the right person to be on the committee.
Mathur said: "I have been in Matt now for about
eight months or nine months and we have simply
been staggering along, literally from meeting to meet-
ing with hardly anybody showing up. We have also
found during this last impasse that people actually
didn t show up, that nobody called in the middle of
it to offer their support."
But Maharaj intervened.
She said coming out of the last executive, she
could hear "a lot of angst" from the way Mathur
Maharaj said: "This committee needs not to be
getting in that direction. That s my position and it
doesn t have to be the group s position.
"Perhaps this interim committee needs not to have
any member of the outgoing executive."
Mathur said she was "pretty happy to vacate."
After a few minutes of deliberation by the group
Maharaj took the seat.
Several issues were discussed such as Matt s con-
stitution, a report on the Guardian/Matt fiasco, and
the upcoming elections.
Journalist Peter Richards insisted that a statement
be made about what transpired two weeks ago at
the Guardian and Matt s involvement since "the main
players are here."
But Raymond said she had already made a state-
ment which was published in the Guardian on July
15.Richards said it was a disrespect to Matt, but Ray-
mond said: "I m sorry you feel that way but that is
UNC Chaguanas West candidate Khadijah Ameen
visits the home of Joyce Bissoon and her grandchild
during her visit in Savannah Heights, Chaguanas, on
Friday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Sunity Maharaj, second from right, makes a point during MATT's meeting at NALIS in Port-of Spain yesterday. Also in picture are
members of the interim management team from left, Faine Richards, Lasana Liburd and Kayode James. PHOTO:KEARRA GOPEE
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