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Police were deployed at Dun-
can Street, Port-of-Spain, yes-
terday, as rival gangs opened fire
on each other.
The rivalry stemmed from the
granting of a Government con-
tract to repair the Duncan Street
Senior police said around 8.30
pm, a man, 30, was liming with
a group of friends outside the
basketball court when he was
approached by someone he knew
who opened fire. The man was
shot in his right arm.
He was taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital where he
received emergency treatment.
However, he later discharged him-
self and went into hiding.
The alleged assailant was forced
to flee the area yesterday after
threats were made to burn down
Since Friday night, several
reports of shootings involving
gangs in upper and lower Duncan
Streets were made to the police.
Members of the Northern Division
Task Force and the Riot Squad
were later deployed to keep watch
in the area. Up to late yesterday,
no one else was hurt.
Investigations are continuing.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Tomorrow may be a defining day
in the political future of the colourful
and controversial Austin "Jack"
If he is victorious in the epic show-
down in the heartland of Chaguanas
West it will signal not only a new
dawn for politics in T&T, but also a
revival for the man who is labelled
by the people as "Uncle Jack" because
of his many contributions to the con-
For 70-year-old Warner, interim
political leader of the newly-formed
Independent Liberal Party (ILP), the
sun could shine brightly according
to several people interviewed last
Tuesday and Wednesday.
One constituent said, "He is a man
for the people and always with the
The former Fifa vice-president,
government minister and chairman
of the United National Congress
(UNC) served as MP since 2007 but
resigned in April this year.
His youthful opponents in the fight
for representation of the people are
Khadijah Ameen, acting UNC chair-
man, and Avinash Singh of the Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM).
But the people who spoke with the
Sunday Guardian said Ameen s only
asset was that she represented the
traditionalist UNC voter and was not
known for delivery of services to peo-
ple.As for Singh, they believed he was
unlikely to amass sufficient votes that
would impact the election.
The preferred choice of candidate
was Warner. Constituents argued that
despite the allegations of corruptions
surrounding Fifa and Concacaf, he
was "the man."
The Sunday Guardian traversed
areas such as Pierre Road, Felicity,
Munroe Road, Warner Village, Beju-
cal, Warren and Frederick Settlement.
Other areas like Charlieville, La Paille
and Orchard Gardens also form
Chaguanas West. While many people
spoke freely and willing, they refused
to give their names or be pho-
Warner the performer
In almost every nook and cranny
people uttered the same sentiment.
"Warner is the man." "Warner is
a performer." "Warner do for we."
"The man perform."
It was mid-morning on Tuesday.
Caroni Savannah Road and environs
A group of people was gesturing
on the sidewalk as they walked with
their ILP jerseys in hand.
Two aged men standing by the
newly-opened gas station in Char-
lieville were engaged in a conversa-
tion. They gave their names as Hem-
dath and Praim.
Asked how they felt about the by-
election, Hemdath wasted no time
"They cyah put nobody else here.
People only want to talk but they eh
know what kind ah work Warner do.
"We get road and drain. He take
money and hold all sort of celebra-
tions in the year.
"Warner coming back right here
in Chaguanas West."
Praim agreed. He said Warner was
determined to help people, and he
was content with that.
"Nobody could say Warner turn
he back on them here."
Warner's empty promises
The majority may have showered
praises on Warner but there were still
those who said they were "die-hard"
UNC supporters. They swore by the
UNC, it didn t matter who was the
While Warner delivered proper
roads and drains, some said they were
still many projects and plans he
promised that did not materialise.
The fishing depot and cremation
site in Felicity were two such plans,
said Ramnaresh Dowtlal.
He said, "I can tell you what Warn-
er didn t do. He promised to build
the fishing depot---nil; he promised
to do the cremation site---nil; he
promised to host a five-day Divali
celebration in Felicity---never hap-
pened; he promised to get a health
centre in Connector Road---never
"He also promised to do a Ramleela
Cultural Centre in Felicity---never
But the others said they benefited
from drainage, street lights and a
One man said Warner was instru-
mental in getting sponsors for groups
such as the Invaders Cricket Club,
Shree Krishen Mandir and Felicity
Police Youth Club.
"Not to mention when we had
deaths in the village he would take
money out of his pocket to help the
people," the man said.
Dowtlal said he was a lifetime
member of the UNC and that his
parents and grandparents worked
hard "to build this honourable party."
In a ten-minute period, four music
trucks drove past along Cacandee
Road. Three were UNC and one was
ILP. An elderly man on a bicycle
pulled to the roadside and hurled
obscenities at the ILP truck blasting
Hindi film song O Jaane Jaan.
'Ameen is a stranger'
A Ministry of Health worker said
he had no plans to support Ameen.
"I just don t like the UNC candi-
date," he said.
For him she was a total failure and
a stranger to the area.
"I will not vote for her," he said.
At a shop on Francis Lalla Road,
a man in a parlour said Warner had
out-performed himself. He said
Ameen did not have a genuine inter-
est in the people and could never fill
Warner s shoes.
A young man in Felicity said he
would never support the UNC
because of the way it treated Warner.
"Warner delivers on his promises
so why we going and vote for Khadi-
"She is a failure and a non-per-
former who trying to fight a man
who there and who perform. He will
not stop performing."
In Chaguanas, a woman said the
UNC would fall apart because of
tomorrow s results.
"I am a woman, but I will not sup-
port her. I don t even know anything
'Uncle Jack's the man'
"This Government is so
shameful that I sometimes refuse
to believe that I was with them
for so long."
These were the words of former
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner
after hearing that Riot Squad
police were to be deployed for
tomorrow s by-election, to ward
off thuggery and violence.
Saying the Government had
once again insulted the people of
Chaguanas West, Warner said
Riot Squad police were not needed
for the election.
"Chaguanas West is not a bac-
chanal area. They are getting more
and more desperate. Chaguanas
West don t need Riot Squad, not
even at Carnival time. But if they
feel that they want to bring Riot
Squad then bring it.
"I thought the last thing they
would have done to embarrass
themselves is to block the road,
cut the road and dig trenches to
stop people from coming to my
meetings. If they want to embar-
rass themselves further, let them
bring the Riot Squad and bring
the Coast Guard, too. This is very
shameful, something has to be
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ILP leader Jack Warner is hugged by a member of the public during his walkabout along the Chaguanas Main Road, yesterday. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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