Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 25th 2013 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 25, 2013
and KALIFA CLYNE
Deputy political leader of the UNC Dr
Roodal Moonilal says negotiations for
local government elections are continuing
apace between the COP, NJAC and the
UNC, but the ILP and the MSJ remain
locked out of coalition talks.
Speaking to reporters at the Oropouche
East first annual sports day held at
Kennedy Park, Picton yesterday, Moonilal
said he expects the COP and the UNC to
reach an agreement on the Tunapuna seat
He said all three coalition parties met
at the Hyatt on Monday night for nego-
"The meeting proceeded very well. We
have been able to come to an understand-
ing on several areas and issues. The out-
standing issue I believe relates to the Tuna-
puna seat. Moonilal said the COP placed
a new proposal on the bargaining table
and this is currently being discussed by
the UNC s executives.
He added: "We have not yet found con-
sensus on it. The COP put a proposal on
the table last night which we are now con-
sulting with our party and our leadership.
I believe that by Wednesday or Thursday,
latest, we should arrive at a consensus on
the Tunapuna matter."
Moonilal said consensus has been
reached on the San Fernando seats.
"We understand each other s position.
NJAC wants Point Fortin, Port of-Spain
and San Juan and we don t have much
"By Wednesday we should agree on a
joint platform in Tunapuna," Moonilal
He noted: "The ILP and the MSJ are
not at the bargaining table and I don t
think they will be part of our negotiations.
Asked what would be the next step if
a compromise cannot be reached, Moonilal
said: "If there isn t any consensus on
Tunapuna, the regrettable outcome would
be all parties will put up candidates as
they see fit."
Asked to share details on the COP s pro-
posal, Moonilal declined saying because
of the "sanctity of the negotiation process,"
he did not want to divulge details.
COP Political Leader and acting Prime
Minister Prakash Ramadhar also confirmed
yesterday that negotiations are ongoing.
Ramadhar said there was a sticking point
in negotiations but refused to elaborate as
to what that point was.
"I think it could be resolved once the
rights and fairness are respected."
"This is the age of coalition government
and we have to get accustomed to being
committed to a partnership but accept
that there will be disagreements from time
Ramadhar also said the COP and the
UNC were set to debate in the upcoming
local government elections debate to be
held by the T&T Debates Commission.
He said he was looking forward to rep-
resenting his party in the upcoming
debates, scheduled for October 10 and 15.
Asked if the two parties would be putting
forward different views as they debated
against each other, Ramadhar said each
party had its independent opinions.
On the issue of the by-election for the
St Joseph constituency, formerly held by
former justice minister Herbert Volney,
Ramadhar said while the People s Part-
nership had several candidates in mind,
no decisions had been made regarding the
Ramadhar was visiting the Emperor Val-
ley Zoo with his wife Jayanti and daughter
Urvi, 7, in an attempt to highlight envi-
ronment issues. (See Page A8)
Former Congress of the People (COP)
councillors have criticised the party for
its failure to show strength and independ-
ence within the People s Partnership coali-
"The Congress of the People (COP) has
been emasculated as part of the People s
Partnership," said calypsonian and former
councillor for Morne Coco, Phillip Murray
Murray said it was hard to defend the
actions of the Government of which the
COP was a part.
"The negatives of the Government were
too much to justify."
Murray, who is now a member of the Jack
Warner led Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
was part of a group of councillors, candidates
for local government elections on October
21, who mobilised 200 volunteers to clean-
up Diego Martin yesterday.
The volunteers, armed with rakes and
other clean-up equipment walked along the
Diego Martin Highway, accompanied by a
police escort as they filled bags with debris
and garbage along the roadside.
ILP regional co-ordinator for Diego Mar-
tin, Wazim Daniel, said Diego Martin had
waited for help, without any assistance for
too many years.
He said the water courses in the Diego
Martin area were not being cleared and were
being left blocked, resulting in flooding and
distress for residents.
"What we are doing is that we are coming
out here and we are cleaning the drains for
the people of Diego Martin and we will
continue this initiative. We are going to do
it the first Saturday of every month."
"We want the residents to not wait for
the relevant authorities. Let us clean the
community for ourselves."
Daniel said his group had cleaned and
unclogged drains in the Petit Valley area, a
task which belonged to the Diego Martin
He felt the corporation had failed residents
of Diego Martin.
"They are just issuing erroneous state-
ments that 92 per cent of drains in Diego
Martin had been cleaned. If 92 per cent of
the drains were cleaned there would not
have been such disastrous flooding in Diego
Martin," he added.
COP, UNC to strive for
agreement on Tunapuna
Residents of Oropouche East take part in the balloon race during the constituency's Sports and Family Day held at Kennedy Park
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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