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The PM said her Government proposed
to return a significant portion of the 500
acres of prime agricultural land which was
taken away by the People s National Move-
ment in 2006 for the development of a mil-
itary base and which remained in abeyance
for six years.
She said Cabinet approved $48 million
to finish developing the Felicity residential
site where the Government expected to have
over 700 lots for distribution later this year.
"This will benefit many of the former
Caroni workers in Felicity and the surround-
"We will also seek funding for the com-
pletion of the residential site nearby on the
Caroni Savannah Road," she said.
She said a major complaint by the people
of Felicity was healthcare.
Given the availability of land in the area,
Persad-Bissessar said she proposed to ask
the Ministry of Health to construct a health
centre in the Felicity area to service the
western side of greater Chaguanas.
"So you the people of Pierre Road, Felicity,
and surrounding areas will get your long-
awaited health facilities.
"We have identified a parcel of land on
the Caroni Connector Road for this pur-
"This is the long-term development which
my Government is known for."
She said in the last four weeks 20 roads
were paved and steps have been taken to
clean drains, construct bridges and agri-
cultural access roads.
PM Kamla say...
No to Warner joining PP
Persad-Bissessar said she listens, con-
siders, evaluates and then makes decisions.
And that it was in that context she accepted
the resignation of former Cabinet minister
She said, "Maybe I was too forgiving
"Maybe I was too understanding when
the accusations and charges of alleged mis-
deeds were swirling incessantly.
"When the Opposition and other civil
society groups, all with abundant self inter-
ests, but now ominously silent, were calling
repeatedly and vociferously for his head, I
stood with him.
"We all stood with him. I chose not to
respond to the persistent allegations and
She again denied she was controlled by
a cabal as alleged by Warner who is now
interim political leader of the Independent
Liberal Party (ILP).
She said Warner was a friend whom she
held in high regard, but she was saddened
by the path he has chosen.
"There is no doubt he helped rejuvenate
our party at a critical juncture and played
a central role in our march to government.
"But those of us who actually lived the
history know he was but one of many who
stood up valiantly for our party."
She asked the crowd whether the initials
of Warner s party, ILP, was the ultimate
Freudian slip "I Love Power."
She said his resignation as UNC chairman
was "a pure unadulterated act of vanity."
She said it came without warning and
his explanations were deficient since he
spoke about lack of constitutional reform
and the right to recall.
"It was a total unilateral decision."
She told supporters Warner slapped his
constituents in their faces because he did
not consult with them.
She said Warner s validation for resigning
has plunged T&T into a national distraction,
but despite his departure, the PP will remain
strong and resilient.
Referring to Khadijah Ameen, the PM
said she was of the firm view the party
chose the best candidate.
And as to whether Warner could join the
PP, she said, "No. No. No. Absolutely no."
July 28, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar shows a red card for ILP leader Jack Warner
during her address to supporters at the UNC's rally at Pierre Road Recreation Ground,
Felicity, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
• $50 million for ex-Caroni workers
• Land for rice cultivation
• 700 lots for distribution in Felicity and sur-
• Health centre
• Completion of the Munroe Road Primary
PM dishes out land,
Six-year-old Jordan Clement-Williams jams on his
drum during his performance with the Wasafoli
Trinidad and Tobago group at the Rhythm and
Voices of the People event at the Lidj Yasu
Omowale Emancipation Village, Queen's Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
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