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Minister in the Office of the
Prime Minister and Congress of
the People (COP) member
Rodger Samuel said yesterday
that his prayer and fasting have
nothing to do with the Govern-
ment. Rather, he said, he has
been praying and fasting for the
soul of the nation.
In an exclusive phone interview
with the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Samuel said: "Honestly, my prayer
has been for the soul of the
nation. We, as a nation, are stam-
"It has nothing to do with Gov-
ernment. It has to do with how
our nation has collapsed, morally,
spiritually and socially for years.
The whole nation needs to revisit
its moral and spiritual core."
If the nation, he said, continues
"going the way we are going, we
will end up in destruction and
God will not be pleased."
Samuel spoke to the T&T
Guardian after an interview on
Issac 98.1 s programme Counter
fairs: looking for solutions, in
which he said his message of
prayer and fasting had been mis-
He referred to a headline in a
daily newspaper which quoted
him as saying he was seeking God
to decide on his future within the
People s Partnership, after it was
reported that he had plans of leav-
ing the coalition government and
During the programme, Samuel
was critical of some segments of
the media and the newspaper in
"I made one statement to one
gentleman on my telephone. I
answered by accident, and said
to him I am seeking my God.
"The next day in the head-
lines COP MP seeking divine
guidance as to his status in the
People s Partnership. I never
said that to him. I said to him
I am seeking my God. He kept
asking are you going to leave?...
are you going to do this...These
people are like parrots and par-
Asked about what led to this
particular comment yesterday,
Samuel said, "The media is not
interested in the truth. The
media is only interested in a
story that is sensationalised."
Samuel recalled the launch
of the ministry s HIV/Aids drive
after which, he said, the media
printed "T&T is a wine and jam
society" out of a 25-minute
speech he delivered.
He asked, "How does that
help us control HIV/Aids?"
Samuel said the line was used
to show that the nation s culture
does not encourage safe prac-
tices as it relates to HIV/Aids.
When asked about the several
instances in which politicians
themselves are often untruthful,
Samuel said that the media
"should not paint everyone with
the same brush." At the
moment, he said, he is afraid
of the media.
Samuel said since he had
gone off his period of fasting
he had been ridiculed by the
media "for doing the right
thing," and this has brought
tears to his eyes.
A 29-year-old Morvant man was shot
dead during an argument with a friend yes-
Police said around 10 am, Jason Martin
was liming with a group of friends at Pelican
Extension, Morvant, when he reportedly got
into an argument with one of them. The man
drew a firearm and shot Martin more than
ten times, then ran away.
Martin s friends rushed him to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital where he died yes-
Homicide detectives said an arrest is immi-
nent. Martin s murder raised the murder toll
Insp Roger Alexander and officers of the
Morvant CID are probing Martin s murder.
In an unrelated matter, a 63-year-old Icacos
man is expected to appear before a San Fer-
nando magistrate today, charged with pos-
session of five kilogrammes of cocaine for
the purpose of trafficking. The drugs carry
a street value of over $125,000.
According to a report, around 11.30 pm on
Tuesday, Ag Cpl Kidaro of the South Western
Task Force and other officers received infor-
mation about a suspicious vehicle. The police
spotted the vehicle along South Trunk Road,
South Oropouche, and eventually intercepted
it in San Fernando.
On searching the vehicle, the officers found
the cocaine in a bag on the floor of the front
passenger seat. The suspect was taken to the
Mon Repos Police Station where he was
charged by PC Hosein.
With reporting by SASCHA WILSON
Samuel: Fasting has nothing to do with PP
I'm praying for
KINGSTON---The Jamaica government reit-
erated its commitment to the regional inte-
gration movement, Caricom and dismissed
calls for the island to quit the 15-member
Foreign Affairs Minister, AJ Nicholson in
a statement in the Upper House on Wednes-
day addressed comments from Opposition
leader Andrew Holness and Jamaica Labour
Party (JLP) legislator Dr Christopher Tufton
that the country could benefit from a "tem-
porary pull out of Caricom".
While Nicholson acknowledged that
Jamaica may not be benefiting from Caricom
in the way it should, he said a withdrawal
would affect benefits under the Caricom
Single Market and Economy (CSME) that
allows for the free movement of goods, skills,
services and labour across the community.
"In the context of a withdrawal from the
CSME Jamaica would in effect be preventing
its nationals and companies from utilising
the provisions under the CSME for free
movement of skilled persons, capital, services
and right of establishment.
"This would mean that those Jamaica
nationals who have successfully moved to
other Caricom countries under the skills
regime, would be required to amend their
status in those countries," he said.
Nicholson said a split from Caricom would
also affect several regional organisations,
including the University of the West Indies
(UWI), the Caribbean Development Bank
(CDB), the Caribbean Examinations Council
(CXC) and the Caribbean Financial Coop-
Man killed during
row with friend
Jamaica govt blanks
call to quit Caricom
Popular entertainment outfit 3Canal, from left, Wendell Manwarren, Stanton Kewley and Roger Roberts draw strength from the people
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