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RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
hasn t thought about becoming a
politician despite her involvement
in the campaign for the Chaguanas
The 35-year-old attorney and
mother of two has been speaking
on the Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) platform for the past few
Just by doing that she s received
hate mail saying she s an embar-
rassment to Indian women, but it
has not deterred her.
She has read letters on behalf of
ILP interim political leader Jack
Warner at cottage meetings and
addressed large crowds even though
she said she s shy and very private.
"I tell Mr Warner all the time that
the reason I am here is to help you
and to further this cause. The fact
that you are a representative of the
people for so long and I think that
you deserve to be there, I will speak
on your platform," she said.
She said she believed that the for-
mation of the ILP and a possible
win tomorrow could change the
political landscape that would affect
the way people think and allow them
to move forward.
Deonarine-Rampersad said she
did not think that as an MP and
minister, Warner did anything wrong
to warrant the treatment he s receiv-
So who exactly is she and what s
her association with Warner and the
The Sunday Guardian caught up
with Deonarine-Rampersad at her
Regency Chambers office on Ram-
saran Street in Chaguanas on
'I am also a lagahoo'
It was no secret; her dress was
green. Green is the symbolic colour
of the ILP.
She explained that before the 2010
general election she was a volunteer
at Warner s constituency office when
he was the MP for Chaguanas West.
She started off by assisting him
with pro bono legal work.
"So on a Saturday when he would
be at his office and there were hun-
dreds of people there, I would be
there giving free legal advice.
"So that whole lagahoo thing...I
would fall into that category," she
leave her husband, ten-year-old son
and six-month-old baby at home
around 2 am on a Saturday "to work
throughout the day trying to help
Working for people is important
to her just as it is to Warner, she
"It should always be people first."
'I talk from my heart'
When a person is passionate about
issues it makes it easy to speak out.
That s what she said in reference
to her many public speeches.
"When I talk, I talk from the heart.
It s not as though I sit and make up
what to talk about. I don t know if
that is a good thing or a bad thing
because what will happen if I m in
a situation where I don t believe in
something and I have to talk in a
different way," she said.
She said Warner and many others
have been impressed by the way she
spoke and she insisted it was because
of the issues.
She s not fazed that people don t
know her as an attorney or even that
she s the daughter of former United
National Congress councillor Shama
Deonarine was councillor for St
Helena/Warrenville and was also an
executive board member of Clico.
"I know what she (mother) put
into the UNC, and I really have noth-
ing to worry about," Deonarine-
She added that her mother and
many others had been ostracised by
As for recognition in her profes-
sion, she said she was more of the
office type since her work involved
banking, land and corporate mat-
"I don t do a lot of court work so
you d find me more in the office and
not all in court," she said.
'It's about the people'
Her involvement with Warner and
the ILP was because of Warner s
work ethic and ability to deliver.
It was the "core reason."
"I know Mr Warner in terms of
the work he puts into the constituen-
cy and the genuine concern and care
he has for the constituents here.
"I see it," Deonarine-Rampersad
She said Warner gets very disap-
pointed when there isn t an avenue
to provide assistance for someone.
She said she admired his deter-
mination to always find a way to
"When you work with him you
get to see a different side to him.
"He remains at the office until
very late in the night until he sees
As for the allegations surrounding
Warner, she said they were baseless
and not substantiated.
She said, "No charges have been
laid or anything like that. If allega-
tions are all you are going on then
basically you would never have a
Parliament sitting because there are
allegations against many people."
Deonarine-Rampersad said Warn-
er was working hard so that the peo-
ple would benefit and not him.
She said it was all about perform-
Hate mail for Anna
...but she remains committed to Jack, ILP
• Attended Holy Faith Convent,
• Law degree obtained externally
• Legal Practice Course, University
• Married at 21
• Has two sons
• Lives in Central and has two
MORE ABOUT ANNA
Attorney Anna Deonarine-Rampersad. PHOTO: RHONDA RAMBALLY
As he wrapped up his last-minute
walkabouts in Chaguanas West yes-
terday, former MP Jack Warner
revealed that membership in his
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) had
climbed to 98,000 in two weeks.
Speaking to reporters outside the
Chaguanas market, Warner said by
the end of next week, he expected
the membership to jump to more
than 100,000 people. Saying that
the ILP will be like a tsunami, Warner
said Chaguanas West was not for
sale. He said the Government has
been distributing hundreds of tem-
porary food cards, contracts without
proper procurement, houses and
other social grants with the hope of
"I have told my people to eat them
out, drink them out, fete them out
and vote them out. That is my
mantra," Warner declared. He said
if the People s Partnership Govern-
ment did not want the ILP as part
of its team, then the Government
will be turning its back on 100,000-
"I believe I could help the Gov-
ernment by being inside and not out-
side. But if their wish is to have me
outside with my 100,000 members
then so be it," Warner said.
He added, "This country is now
the most dissatisfied country in the
last ten years. People are dissatisfied
and upset by the levels of corruption,
crime and poor healthcare. Worse of
all, they are upset about poor gov-
ernance. A cabal is governing this
country and that is what is hurting
the people. They didn t vote for a
cabal you know, people voted for a
Warner said he planned to spend
the day with his constituents today
in preparation for the election tomor-
row. Asked what was the cost of his
campaign, Warner said he did not
"I haven t quantified it. I get help
left, right and centre so some things
you cannot quantify," Warner said.
Newly appointed interim chair-
man of the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) Robin Montano con-
fessed that he joined the party
because he is fed up of the
hypocrisy, arrogance and "cra-
paud politics" in T&T.
For seven years, Montano, a for-
mer UNC senator, said he sat on
the sidelines looking on at our pol-
itics, but when he saw what was
happening and Warner s determi-
nation to fight, he decided to join
"I am back. I am not going any-
where again, I know we are going
to win," said Montano, while
addressing ILP s supporters at
Green Park, Felicity, Chaguanas on
Montano said, "When a black
man wins in an Indian seat where
the majority of the population is
East Indian, you know what the
message is, we are now Trinida-
dians of the 21st century."
He said when he saw the UNC s
31 party groups in Chaguanas West
had nominated Warner to be their
candidate "and then all of a sudden
we are hearing that the voice of
the people is no longer the voice
of God," he got quite upset.
Montano took a jab at PNM s
candidate Avinash Singh, stating
that he felt sorry for him because
he had become a sacrificial lamb
in the by-election.
He also sent a message to PNM s
leader Keith Rowley, "We are com-
ing for you."
Montano fed up of
'crapaud politics' Party membership
climbs to 98,000
...Warner tells supporters to eat out, vote out PP
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