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Minister of the People and Social
Development Dr Glenn Ramadhars-
ingh intends to take legal action
against interim political leader of
the Independent Liberal Party (ILP),
Jack Warner, for defamation over
claims Warner made during a polit-
ical meeting on Tuesday night.
Warner was given 14 days to
respond or face legal action from
Ramadharsingh is demanding an
"unqualified apology" on terms to be
agreed by Queen's Counsel.
He is also asking Warner not to
repeat the allegations or any similar
allegations and wants monetary com-
pensation for damage to his reputa-
In a seven-page pre-action protocol
letter sent to Warner, Ramadhars-
ingh's attorney, Kelvin Ramkisoon,
described the claims made by Warner
on Tuesday as "baseless."
Warner had claimed during an ILP
meeting at New Settlement that a
minister owned six multi-million-
dollar palatial homes and properties
as well as several bank accounts
"This minister could not even buy
two doubles before the May 2010
general elections," Warner told the
He produced photos of what he
claimed to be the homes belonging
to the minister.
One house in central Trinidad was
said to belong to a brother of the
Another property in central
Trinidad, Warner said, was purchased
for the minister by a United National
Congress contractor in exchange for
a $36 million contract.
Warner also claimed another house,
also in central Trinidad, was pur-
chased for the minister by a Tunapuna
businessman, who in exchange had
some of his properties rented by the
minister's ministry at exorbitant rents.
"I took this information to the Min-
ister of Gender, Youth and Child
Development, Marlene Coudray, and
have showed her documents of several
crooked land deals involving this same
minister," Warner claimed.
The letter said Warner's claims sug-
gested Ramadharsingh was the min-
ister to whom the former national
security minister was referring.
"It is therefore clear to the reason-
able-minded listener that the said
words were and did relate to our client
as the purported owner of the said
"The general knowledge in the pub-
lic domain at the time of making these
statements was that Dr Ramadhars-
ingh's brother worked as an adviser
to the Minister of Energy, " the letter
It added that Warner's claims also
inferred that Ramadharsingh was dis-
honest and/or unethical and thus
unfit to hold public office.
It said it also was inferred that
Ramadharsingh was motivated by
self-gain or reward and his actions
and conduct were designed to facil-
itate that objective.
Ramadharsingh's attorney said
Warner's statements also could be
inferred to mean that Ramadharsingh
corruptly solicited and received funds
from businessmen in exchange for
lucrative state contracts and in so
doing he had unjustly and corruptly
acquired money for the purchase of
palatial, high-priced property.
It was also inferred that Ramad-
harsingh's choice of contractors to
undertake and perform state work
was guided and motivated by his per-
sonal relationships or connections
with them with the objective of
receiving monetary kick-backs, the
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said yesterday that con-
sideration is being given, for the
first time, to host the annual Inde-
pendence Day Awards in San Fer-
The T&T Guardian understands
the request comes from President
Anthony Carmona, who has sug-
gested that the 2013 edition of
the ceremony be held at the
Southern Academy for the Per-
At a brief ceremony on the San
Fernando Hill yesterday, where Car-
mona was bestowed with the
nation's highest honour, the Order
of the Republic of T&T, and as
Chancellor of that Order the Prime
Minister dismissed speculation that
was being done because President's
House was not adequate to host the
annual awards ceremony.
She said monies had been awarded
for the repair of the President's offi-
cial residence but could not give
details of its status.
She added: "It is not because the
President's House is not in proper
condition. It has not been for some
"The awards function, since I
became Prime Minister, has not been
held at the President's House. It has
been held elsewhere."
She also denied that was the rea-
son why yesterday's function was
held at the Visitor's Centre on the
San Fernando Hill.
She said: "What is happening at
the House is not why we are in
South. That is not why we are here.
"This event in the South also
speaks of equality of space and place.
We feel every space and place of our
country should be given equality
and a share of the things we do.
"That is why we have a new
teaching hospital being built in the
South. That is why we have the Debe
"Look how nice you feeling to see
us in South," she told reporters, ask-
"When was the last time you ever
saw a Prime Minister and a President
in the South, except for Carnival
Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh yes-
terday denied owning six houses,
saying he owned one house and
land and is paying a mortgage to
On Tuesday at a political meet-
ing in Caroni, Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) interim leader Jack
Warner alleged a government min-
ister in the "outer cabal," who could
not afford to buy two doubles in
2010, now owned six houses under
the names of relatives and had
been given houses as gifts from
At the press conference at his
Caroni Central constituency office
yesterday, Ramadharsingh said the
Government was considering legal
action against Warner for his alle-
gations against government min-
A pre-action protocol letter
addressed to Warner was later
issued on Ramadharsingh's behalf.
He told supporters at his office
that Warner was trying his best
to inflict pain on those opposing
him. He called his former colleague
an "evil clown" who was carrying
out a circus to destroy people with
lies and propaganda.
He said all the properties shown
by Warner were either houses he
rented or the homes of his relatives
and Warner did not check his facts.
He owed the bank and hardware
store for a house he was building,
"I don't take people money and
I don't buy homes that I can't
afford," Ramadharsingh said,
adding Warner should not bring
his ministry into any bacchanal.
"I never ask any contractor to
sponsor anything in my ministry.
I ask Jack Warner, where the
Chandreka Sahadeo, Ramad-
harsingh's uncle, said Warner also
lied about two houses shown on
the lLP platform.
Sahadeo said he also paid rent
for government quarters at Las
"There are no Caroni houses in
that area. That is one of the houses
he lied about."
He said the house Warner
referred to at Boy Cato and Madras
Road was his house, which had
been under construction for three
years and produced a deed that
showed he had bought it on Sep-
tember 21, 1998.
"That house was built and was
not bought," he said.
An emotional Chandra Ramad-
harsingh, the minister's mother,
said her son had worked hard as
a veterinarian to save money to
start building a house.
"Glenn used to work seven days
of the week. He had no off-day,"
She said as a vet he earned three
times more than a minister.
"Why must Jack Warner do this
wicked thing for?" she asked.
"I want Jack Warner to take
warning. What he put us through
we will never forgive him," she
Barrington "Skippy" Thomas,
whom Warner also mentioned on
the ILP platform on Tuesday, said
yesterday Warner had recom-
mended him for a Cepep contract.
the morning and wait by his office
like a lagahoo," he said.
Thomas said he accepted a
Cepep contract in Edinburgh 500
to clean up the area and provide
employment. He said he commit-
ted all the money from the contract
to the community and his Cepep
company already had given
$60,000 in sporting equipment.
In further criticism of Warner's
Tuesday night meeting, Ramad-
harsingh said Warner should not
bring any Guyanese to tell "people
to thief "or have speakers on the
ILP platform to talk race.
He said he would function as
the councillor for Longdenville-
Edinburgh since the last councillor,
Danan Singh, had jumped ship to
"Anybody have a problem, come
and see me," he said.
Letter: He has 14 days to respond
Glenn to sue
Jack over $m
Ramadharsinghs: We'll never
forgive him for these lies
Independence Awards may head to South
Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh talks with reporters at a media
conference yesterday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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