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Getting back to your Power 102
fans (half smiles). Do you share
their view on you being just like
I don t agree with that, and I really
do not like to blow my own trumpet,
but I have ten pages of (taking out
the documents from a file on his
desk) major stuff which has been
done under my watch in Arima,
which include rebuilding the Mt
Pleasant bridge which was impass-
able for 28 years, and we are recon-
structing the Blanchisseuse Road. I
also promised to build a new Arima
police station and this will be com-
pleted by year end. We are about to
have an entirely new hospital on a
government to government contract
with China. We are now establishing
the type of hospital to be built and
completed by March 2017.
So why these talk shows are crit-
icsing the MP?
I am not too sure that these people
have been to Arima. And remember,
I am in Government only three years
Very well, Mr Samuel, are you
disappointed today that you agreed
to offer yourself for public office
No way. There has never been a
I got that impression after read-
ing a newspaper interview you did
earlier this week...
I do not know where they get that
from...I am not disenchanted.
I am not disappointed.
I am not disgusted.
(Leaning forward on his chair and
pausing briefly) I am....I have been
excited about serving people. Some-
times things are not happening as
fast as you expected them to happen,
but I persist and pursue regardless
I take it you are satisfied with
your stewardship thus far?
(Confidently) 100 per cent. Not
that I feel I cannot do better, but I
am satisfied so far and I normally
Mr Samuel, you know we jour-
nalists (an anticipatory chuckle)
receive information as part of our
remit, and I was told that you and
the Arima Mayor do not see eye to
on some major development proj-
ects in the borough.
That may be 100 per cent correct
and in some ways it has stymied
progress of these projects...in some
ways it has. When I campaigned in
Arima in 2007 and 2010, I did so
with a vision; where I can take Arima
from where it is now. Arima honestly
had been abandoned for years, but
when I took office the mayor did
not really see or embrace the vision
that I had when I campaigned,
although I shared it with him.
Isn t there any way yours and
his views can gel to benefit the con-
(Puzzling expression) I have no
idea what his vision is to be honest
with you. It has never been artic-
ulated. So I have often asked "What
are your plans and vision?" But really,
it has not been clearly articulated
and as a result there have been dif-
I was also told that s the reason
for your disappointment being in
Government, which you have
Nah...Nah...that is not true.
And that you submitted your res-
ignation some months ago?
(A four-second pause with a
somber expression) In...I will be
honest with you. Last year, because
of the difficulties with the operations
of the borough, I tendered my res-
ignation to the COP. We had
tremendous conversations subse-
quent to that and I agreed to stay
within the party. So I continued to
work and support the Congress of
the People because I believe in the
philosophy of the party.
Why did you send in your res-
Because I felt that at the time it
was necessary for the party to seri-
ously look into the problems that
we were experiencing, and I felt also
that insufficient was being done to
alleviate the issues. And, Clevon, I
am not a person to cause confronta-
tion so I would say "Okay, probably
you can function better without me."
Did you take your concerns to
the Prime Minister?
Yes. I will take the time to speak
with her and share with her how I
feel, and because I respect her that s
why I have said nothing to the media
because we need to respect people.
She is my immediate boss.
She is campaigning and I will wait
until it is all over so together we can
sit one to one. Maybe she would
have some words for me likewise.
Ok, ready for the big question?
Is it political?
You will tell me if it is political,
(Again, leaning forward in eager
anticipation and bursts out laughing)
You are so good...you are so good...
Mr Samuel, have you completed
your conversation with the Good
Lord on your political future?
It is an ongoing process. Clevon,
I am not a microwave-styled Chris-
tian where I feel I talk to God and
zap it happens! God has guided me
thus far to be where I am.
Do you feel, Minister, that God
will guide your path away from
(Pleading with outstretched hands)
I don t know... don t know. I am not
God. I am subject to him, and the
Bible says the steps of the righteous
are guided by God.
Mr Samuel, are you concerned
with the standard of the conversa-
tion emanating from the main
camps in the run up to the July 29
by-election for the Chaguanas West
(Bending forward and resting on
his desk) Yes, and that s why I am
I understand you are fasting, too?
Yes. I am fasting. I have embarked
on a fast...
But here you are at your desk
hard at work?
That s alright. Jesus said when
you fast do not go about the place
looking droopy and stuff like that...
go and wash your face and look
alright. I have been given leave but
my full fast will start on Monday,
and I will have only water for seven
Exactly why are you fasting?
For the soul of the nation. I believe
there is some force that is attempting
to steal the soul of Trinidad and
Tobago, and I need to beseech God
to save the soul of the nation. Too
much is happening and too much
has happened over the years...bad
we have left it undone. We need a
righteous resolution that we can get
back fearing God and that we have
to answer to the Creator at the end
of the day.
Minister on fast to
save the soul of T&T
From Page A10
...I believe there is some force that is
attempting to steal the soul of Trinidad
and Tobago, and I need to beseech God
to save the soul of the nation. Too much
is happening, and too much has
happened over the years...bad we have
left it undone. We need a righteous
resolution that we can get back fearing
God and that we have to answer to the
Creator at the end of the day.
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