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Local Government Minister
Marlene Coudray says San Fer-
nando Mayor Dr Navi Muradali
could face legal action for visiting
restaurants and other food outlets
with health inspectors.
During a recent campaign
Muradali accompanied by health
inspectors visited restaurants in
Gulf City, San Fernando and
inspected their kitchens and other
At least one outlet was ordered
closed and later re-opened after
meeting conditions stipulated by
the health inspectors.
Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul
commented on the issue during
yesterday s meeting of a joint select
committee of Parliament, Tower
D, Waterfront Centre, Port-of-
Spain. The committee is chaired
by Independent Senator Subhas
Ramkhelawan at Parliament.
Responding to a question, Paul
said Muradali was "out of place"
to visit restaurants with inspectors
and did not have such authority.
Later in an interview, Coudray
was asked to comment and agreed
"It is a very serious issue and it
is only the Medical Officer of
Health authorised to do what has
been done," the former San Fer-
nando Mayor said.
Coudray said: "It is an area of
concern that I will have to address
with all corporations, in terms of
potential liability to the State."
She said the law provides for
certain officers to carry out such
functions. "They should be allowed
to carry out their duties without
having anyone with them, because
there is no locus standi," Coudray
Contacted for comment,
Muradali said during a telephone
interview his visits were made in
a public space and in the public
He said he was permitted by the
managers or owners of the restau-
rants to see first-hand some of the
complaints expressed by citizens.
He also said his visits were made
in his private capacity and in the
best interest of the public.
"This is the silly season and silly
people will say silly things," he
Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul
says the Municipal Corporations
Act should be "done away with"
as it was irrelevant to local gov-
Paul told yesterday s meeting
of a joint select committee that
the law gives too much power to
the Minister of Local Govern-
His statement was made in the
presence of Local Government
Minister Marlene Coudray who
is a member of the committee.
In response to a question from
the chairman of the committee,
Subhas Ramkhelawan, Paul said
the corporation s biggest challenge
was the legislation governing local
government in Trinidad.
"It is a deficient piece of leg-
islation. It does not allow the local
government authority to proceed
as it would want," he added.
Paul said the legislation "does
not encourage people s partici-
Asked to be more specific, he
said: "There is too much minste-
rial control in this thing. It does
not provide for the kind of auton-
Paul said another challenge was
the amount of funding provided
to the corporation, adding that it
was also not done in a timely
He told the committee that
sometimes the Government
would seek to frustrate certain
projects undertaken by his cor-
poration by requesting the cost
of the project to be reduced "by
Coudray told reporters subse-
quently that she did not share
Paul s view and there was no need
to repeal the entire act as Paul
Paul also complained about
state-owned, Petrotrin which he
said was creating environmental
problems in the borough by not
maintaining certain areas in Point
Fortin, allowing grass to grow on
empty land, which had led to peo-
ple contracting dengue fever. (RL)
Coudray warns Muradali
against kitchen visits
Paul critical of Corporations Act
Dr Navi Muradali
Chairman of the Joint Select Committee, Independent Senator Subhas Khelawan, left, chats with Point
Fortin mayor, Clyde Paul, second right, in the J Hamilton Maurice Room at the Office of Parliament, Tower
D yesterday. Other members of the Point Fortin Borough Corporation are, from left, corporate secretary
Mark Byam, town superintendent Imtiaz Hosein, and acting chief executive officer Donnamay Taylor.
PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
Radio and television personality
Hansley Ajodha will have to wait
until October 24 to know his fate
after his sentencing hearing was pre-
maturely adjourned yesterday.
Ajodha was expected to be sen-
tenced by San Fernando Senior Mag-
istrate Rajendra Rambachan for 13
offences in connection with the trans-
ferring of a radio licence to Life Radio
99.5 FM, to which he had pleaded
guilty earlier this month.
The matter, which relates to charges
laid by the Telecommunications
Authority (TATT), was adjourned to
yesterday for facts and sentencing.
When Ajodha appeared before
Rambachan in the San Fernando Traf-
fic Court yesterday afternoon, defence
attorney Kevin Ratiram told the court
the second defendant, businessman
Lawrence Cole, had been detained by
police in Port-of-Spain and could not
attend the hearing.
Ratiram and attorney Imran Khan
represent both men.
Yesterday Ratiram asked Ram-
bachan for permission to have Cole
to appear through him so the matter
could continue, but Rambachan
turned him down, saying he wanted
Cole to be present when the facts
Attorney Sean Cazabon, who
appears with Senior Counsel Dana
Seetahal for TATT, did not object to
He said outstanding payments have
been made to TATT.
However, Cazabon, who is instruct-
ed by Natasha Bisram, said there were
The case so far
Ajodha pleaded guilty to failing to
pay concessions for broadcasting serv-
ices and licence fees for the years
2007-2009, failing to submit details
of annual revenues and also infor-
mation required by TATT, relating to
Cole, managing director of Life
Radio 99.5 FM Ltd, has also pleaded
guilty to his TATT charges.
He was charged with providing
broadcast services, transmitting
equipment and radio communication
services without licence and conces-
sions without a concession, operating
radio transmitted equipment without
a licence and operating radio com-
munication service without a licence.
Hansley Ajodha arrives at the San
Fernando Traffic Court yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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