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Interim leader of the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack
Warner has no moral authority
to criticise the Government on
the highway to Point Fortin
project, according to David
Abdulah, leader of the Move-
ment for Social Justice (MSJ).
"It is morally unacceptable,
apart from politically wrong, for
Jack Warner to make any com-
ment on the wrongness with
regard to that highway," Abdulah
"He was the one a year ago
in June who went to the High-
way Re-route camp and super-
vised the Defence Force officers
to break down the camp. They
were campaigning about lack of
transparency in this $7 billion
project," he said.
Abdulah spoke to the media
yesterday before a walkabout in
the St Augustine area in support
of MSJ candidate Sandra Cum-
He referred to statements
Warner made in 2012 about Dr
Wayne Kublalsingh when he was
on his hunger strike.
"Around that time Mr Warner
said that Dr Kublalsingh should
hurry up and die, so Warner has
no moral authority to open his
mouth on the issue," Abdulah
He also questioned the role
of the Brazilian company Con-
strutora OAS, which is in charge
of the project.
"OAS should be investigated.
They have been denied a con-
tract in Central America because
of allegations of bid-rigging and
corruption. We insist that there
be proper procurement legisla-
tion. That is what the Govern-
ment had promised," he said.
He said just the idea that local
government elections may be
postponed undermines real
"This frustrates the will of
citizens to elect the represen-
tatives of their choice," he said.
"For UNC councillors to be
proposing that to the Prime
Minister is an indication, apart
from their desperation, it raises
issues like what have they done
in the last three years? Why do
they need three or six more
months to complete projects."
Abdulah believes the MSJ is
getting its message across to
"We do not have the tens of
millions of dollars other political
parties may have that can have
huge rallies, all kinds of enter-
tainment," he said.
"We think the electorate is
less interested in all the smoke
and mirrors which end in sec-
onds. What they are interested
in is real change. That is what
we are doing in these walka-
Abdulah on Pt Fortin highway project:
Jack has no moral
right to criticise Govt Civil society group Fixin T&T is calling on
the Government to set a date for local gov-
ernment elections in "the shortest time pos-
In a media release yesterday, the group also
called on citizens of T&T to "insist" on a general
election as well and said "a peaceful, democratic,
citizens-driven and issues-based return to the
polls will send a powerful message to all current
and aspiring politicians."
Local government elections are constitution-
ally due in October. However, Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar recently said UNC
councillors asked for the elections be postponed.
Fixin T&T said the call came in light of the
"resounding results of the Tobago House of
Assembly election, the Chaguanas West by-
election, the apparent unwillingness to announce
a date for local government elections and the
overall crisis of confidence which continues to
paralyse our economy."
As a reminder to both voters and elected
officials, the group said politicians enter a "social
contract with the people" when they are elected
by which they must abide.
The group urged political parties to "clearly
articulate their strategies for delivery of the
peoples mandate to realise a safe, secure effi-
cient, productive and human T&T."
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