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"Heat for Keith!"
While that wasn t the official theme
of yesterday s Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) motorcade through several north-
west areas, constituents of such People s
National Movement (PNM) strong-
holds---including PNM leader Keith
Rowley s Diego Martin West---expressed
concern about their conditions and eyed
ILP leader Jack Warner for attention.
Warner touched base with some con-
stituents during yesterday s motorcade,
which started in Diego Martin West,
continued through Diego Martin Central
and Port-of-Spain North and South,
ending with a public meeting at Pic-
cadilly Greens, Port-of-Spain, last night.
During the motorcade, Warner said:
"This meet-the-people tour is just an
extension of what had begun in Chagua-
"We re talking about change, telling
people they can t continue to live this
way, seeking an end to corruption and
nepotism and seeking the removal of
the cabal. We are more corrupt now
than three years ago. We in the ILP are
saying there s a ray of hope via the ILP."
On the perception that the tours were
a vote-seeking mechanism, Warner said:
"To change the Government you have
to get votes and whatever means you
have to get the votes, so be it."
ILP chairman Robin Montano said he
had learnt the PNM had done a poll
within the last month which showed
that out of every three people in its con-
stituencies one or two were turning ILP.
He said ILP members on the motor-
cade included ILP supporters from out-
side the northwest communities, as well
as people from those areas.
Montano, ILP deputy leaders Lyndira
Oudit, Anna Deonarine, Inshan Ishmael
and other ILP officials, stood in the tray
of a van for the motorcade, waving to
residents and pedestrians along the route.
Warner left his green Hummer to climb
aboard another van to wave and greet
The ILP entourage, which featured
more than six police vehicles, marked
and unmarked, as well as a motorcycle
escort, was greeted at the start of the
tour in Carenage --- Rowley s constituen-
cy --- by some residents of the area who
voiced their community concerns.
Two ladies in red cheered Warner.
Augustine Noel, who has been seeking
ownership of Chaguaramas land over
the last couple of decades, said he was
switching his support to Warner, who
backed his cause.
A man who gave his name as Damien,
of Philip Street, Carenage, said: "I was
a PNM supporter but I didn t vote PNM
for the past couple years. We need
"This Government isn t doing any-
thing for us and Rowley ent doing noth-
ing for us either. The fish market in
Carenage still to complete, so I decide
I going green."
A woman said: "I"m still a PNM sup-
porter but I came to hear what Warner
had to say. Right now my mind open.
I watching things."
One Miss Luke of Haig Street said:
"We in this area went from PNM to
UNC and right now I in green. They
keep promising and promising. Every-
body getting fed up of that. Is time we
need some action.
"We haven t formed any ILP party
group yet but I went to Warner s meet-
As the motorcade moved east along
the Western Main Road to Diego Martin,
the ILP crew attracted glances from
pedestrians and children, some of whom
came out of buildings to watch.
Some took pictures. A few waved or
swayed to the music of Jack is the Man
from the ILP trucks.
A tall, dreadlocked man in a T-shirt
and shorts waved a bunch of bay leaves
as the procession passed an outdoor stall
in Carenage. Women outside Hi-Lo,
Glencoe, waved at Warner.
There was little response in Diamond
Vale to ILP loudspeaker appeals to "come
out and meet Jack Warner."
But in upper Diego Martin and Covi-
gne, the group attracted slightly more
attention, including a gentleman who
hurriedly clamped a green watch cap
on his head as he drove down to meet
A bare-backed man near Charles
Street sputtered furiously at the
approaching procession: "What Jack is?
En route to Bagatelle, a man who gave
his name as Cecil Hinkson, who was
wearing an ILP jersey, ran down the road
to greet Warner with outstretched arms.
Hinkson then followed the motorcade
a little way on his bicycle.
At the Bagatelle playing field a group
of youths holding signs of ILP support
greeted the procession loudly. A similar
group greeted them at the Petit Valley
In Blue Basin, an elderly lady in green,
who gave her name as Ms Samuel, broke
out in a dance, waving to the ILP pro-
cession as it passed.
The ILP received some waves as they
passed through Petit Valley, Alyce Glen
and surrounding areas.
A person at PNM s Diego Martin Cen-
tral constituency office peered briefly
at the passing group but quickly shut
the door .
The ILP attracted less attention, save
cursory glances in St James and along
On Park Street a man shot a furious
look at the passing procession, which
ran into 4.30 pm traffic as it made its
way down Frederick Street Port-of-
As Warner paraded through the PNM-
held seats, Opposition leader Rowley
yesterday headed to Naparima College
in south Trinidad to deliver his Inde-
pendence address, according to PNM
deputy leader Marlene McDonald.
The majority of Congress
of the People MPs held a
meeting with Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar last
Thursday, where they raised
the COP s concerns about
national issues, including
allegations of corruption and
a so-called "cabal" in the
People s Partnership (PP)
The meeting was con-
firmed by COP officials who
said it was initiated by the
ILP chairman Robin Mon-
tano also spoke about the
meeting before yesterday s
ILP motorcade. All the COP
MPs, except Anil Roberts,
were at the meeting.
The other COP MPs are
Lincoln Douglas, Rodger
Samuel, Winston Dookeran,
and party leader Prakash
COP officials said the party
"put its cards on the table"
in terms of national issues
and other matters raised in
the public domain.
"That included allegations
and or/the perception of cor-
ruption concerning some offi-
cials. It was pointed out that
the Government and all par-
ties needed to go forward and
action would be required to
do so," a source said about
Ramadhar was not available
yesterday. The T&T Guardian
was told, however, his Legal
Affairs Ministry had begun
working on anti-corruption
and whistleblower legislation
to aid the Government s anti-
Contacted yesterday on the
COP meeting with the PM,
Seepersad-Bachan said she
had no comment to make.
A homeless man who
admitted to illegally occu-
pying a Housing Develop-
ment Corporation (HDC)
apartment at Duncan
Street, Port-of-Spain, was
fined $200 yesterday.
Calvin Marshall pleaded
guilty to the offence after
the charge was read to him
by magistrate Cheron
Raphael in the Port-of-Spain
Raphael gave Marshall two
weeks to pay the fine or, in
default, he would face 30
days imprisonment with
Marshall was charged after
he was found sleeping in an
unoccupied apartment dur-
ing a police exercise in east
Port-of-Spain last Sunday.
He was charged under Sec-
tion 45 (C) of the Summary
Offences Act, which makes
it an offence for a person to
sleep or loiter in another
person s property without
The legislation states:
"Any person found sleeping
or loitering in or under any
building, including any open
outhouse, verandah, gallery,
passage or gateway, or in any
vehicle or vessel, without
leave of the owner, occupier
or person in charge thereof,
or on or under any wharf,
quay, jetty, bridge, footway,
or in any street or other
public place and not giving
a good account of himself"
is deemed as a "idle and dis-
orderly person" and liable to
a $200 fine or to imprison-
ment for a month.
Speaking at a news con-
ference after crime talks with
Opposition members last
Thursday, Prime Minister
announced Government s
intention to bring legislation
specifically geared towards
illegal home invasions, say-
ing the current law did not
significantly punish offend-
According to the evidence
read in court yesterday,
around 6.45 am on August
18, police entered Apartment
C, Building 62- 64, Duncan
Street, Port-of-Spain, and
found Marshall sleeping on
They asked him if he was
the legal occupier of the
property and he said no. The
police checked HDC records,
which showed the apartment
had been unoccupied since
After accepting Marshall s
guilty plea, Raphael asked
him why he decided to occu-
py the property. Marshall
said he was homeless and
did not have a place to sleep.
"Try not to go into places
that do not belong to you.
Next time you will go to jail,"
Marshall represented him-
self during his brief court
$200 fine for illegally
occupying HDC house
COP raises 'cabal'
concerns with PM
Mixed reaction in
Jack's ILP hits west Trinidad
Supporters of the
Party (ILP) wave
banners as the new
passed through Diego
Martin near Bagatelle
Road, on its way from
Carenage to Port-of-
Spain yesterday. The
party's interim deputy
leader Lyndira Oudit,
left, and interim
Montano can be seen
riding the back of a
pick up used in the
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