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September 29, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
The recent attack by gunmen
inside an upscale Nairobi shopping
mall in Kenya that claimed the lives
of 68 people should send a message
to T&T that our national defence
force must always be in a state of
readiness for any eventuality.
This was the message President
Anthony Carmona delivered at the
T&T Defence Force s 51st anniver-
sary of the commander-in-chief
parade in Chaguaramas yesterday.
Addressing members of the
defence force and guests, which
included National Security Min-
ister Gary Griffith, Carmona said
that the stark reality in this 21st
century was terrorism.
"It takes no prisoner. The forces
of terrorism are formidable."
Carmona said that no one was
safe and too often, "we engage in
a false sense of security."
He said what unfolded in Kenya
remind us how "ruthless, callous
and cowardly terrorism can be."
Carmona said many innocent
lives were taken in the attack,
including our very own Ravindra
Ramrattan, who he described as a
brilliant young son of the soil.
The Kenya military, just like the
T&T Defence Force, Carmona said,
was not fighting a war, but they
had to be called in to effectively
arrest the grim situation.
Carmona pleaded with the
defence force to provide inspired
leadership to the nation.
"This inspired leadership is born
not only out of dedicated service
but also out of impeccable integri-
ty." (See Page A8)
As the body of slain scholar
Ravindra Ramrattan arrived at
the Piarco International airport
yesterday, his distraught family
consoled themselves with Hindu
songs at their Cunupia, home, as
they prepared for his funeral.
The body arrived at the services
department of the old airport ter-
minal around 3.15 pm and was
quickly taken away to Dass Funeral
At the family s residence at
Munroe Road, a table adorned
with dozens of Ramrattan s
medals, trophies, prizes and cer-
tificates brought solace to the
grieving family. Neighbours,
friends and well-wishers poured
through the open front gates and
signed the family s condolence
book. Ramrattan s sister Rishma
said they were grateful for the sup-
port they received. She said Pres-
ident Anthony Carmona visited
them on Friday and offered assis-
"The President was genuine and
empathetic. He mentioned that
he was a UN prosecutor and that
he prosecuted many terrorists.
This brought us solace. The Pres-
ident told us terrorism is some-
thing that he feels very passionate
about," Rishma said. With eyes
downcast, she said her brother s
death appeared surreal.
"I feel as if this hasn t happened.
We are still very much depressed
by this," Rishma said. She also said
that officials of Kenya wanted to
set up a memento in honour of
"I never knew he was involved
in so many humanitarian initia-
tives. He was never one to boast
or talk about his accomplishments.
He was very humble about it.
Since he won the President s medal
in 2002, never once did he ever
mention it to anyone again" Rish-
ma said. She added that Ramrattan
taught her the importance of
determination and willpower.
"He wanted an end to poverty,
and everywhere he went he
reached out to people. We only
knew this after he died. People
from Kenya and all over the world
called us to say how he touched
their lives," Rishma added.
She explained that a few months
ago, as a congratulatory present
for completing her law studies,
Ramrattan took her to Barbados
on a vacation.
"I last spoke to him a few weeks
ago and he was guiding me on my
career path," Rishma added. She
said his death was a loss not just
in T&T but also in Kenya.
Ramrattan s funeral will take
place at 10 am on Tuesday. Pundit
Amar Seepersad will officiate
before the body is cremated at the
Waterloo Cremation site. Ram-
rattan was killed in a terrorist
attack two Sunday s ago at the
Westgate shopping complex in the
capital city Nairobi during a two-
day siege. He worked as a research
economist and was head of the
centre for Branchless Banking at
the Financial Sector Deepening in
Previously he worked as a con-
sultant at the World Bank.
The headline of last week s
Sunday Guardian, dated Sep-
tember 22, 2013 "$2.4B more for
Government Campus" should
have read "$2.4B for Govern-
While the article represented
the new budget allocations, the
headline indicated there was an
additional $2.4B injection of
funds to complete the five-build-
ing Government Campus. While
the Government did allocate
$2.4B for the completion of the
project, it was not an additional
allocation, it was a revision of
last year s allocation.
The error is regretted.
Participants carry babies during the Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life around the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Pres on Kenya terrorist attack:
It's a message for
T&T Defence Force
Body of slain Trini
scholar arrives home
Getting it right
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