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The claim was amended to include Works Minister
Suruj Rambachan and the ministry s permanent sec-
retary Isaac James. The corporation is asking Seepersad
to prevent both Rambachan and James from restarting
work at the site.
In an affidavit filed in the ministry s defence, Direc-
tor of Highways Roger Ganesh denied the ministry
was in breach of the undertaking and said the breach
was committed by other government agencies doing
work after serious flooding in Diego Martin a little
over two weeks ago.
Senior Counsel Avory Sinanan, who is heading the
ministry s legal team, objected to the amended claim,
calling it "fundamentally flawed."
Sinanan cited the State Liability and Proceedings
Act and said the corporation could not bring litigation
against Rambachan and Isaac as they had acted in
their official capacity in dealing with the project.
Jeremie asked the court for additional time to
respond to Sinanan s submission. The case was
adjourned to November 5.
Attorney Kerwin Garcia is part of the corporation s
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for OCTOBER 01st 2013
High Court judge Frank Seepersad has raised
concerns over the expense the State incurs as a
result of delays caused by litigation over major
Seepersad was addressing attorneys representing
the Port-of-Spain City Corporation and the Ministry
of Works and Infrastructure, who were in court for
a lawsuit challenging the use of the corporation s
22-acre property in Westmoorings for the Audrey
Jeffers Highway extension project.
He said: "I have great difficulty with the expenditure
of public funds in projects that are embroiled in lit-
igation. At the end of the day, it is the taxpayer that
is footing the bill."
Seepersad appealed to lawyers on both sides to
expedite the preliminary issues so the substantive
lawsuit could be heard in December or January.
"Interim procedural applications can take up so
much time, while at the end of the day there would
be expenditure that the citizen will have to bear for
a project that would be put on hold indefinitely," the
After two emergency hearings in August, state
attorneys gave an undertaking that the ministry would
stop using the land until the lawsuit is determined.
During yesterday s hearing, the corporation s attor-
ney, John Jeremie, SC, said his clients decided to
amend the claim after the undertaking was allegedly
T&T High Commissioner to Lon-
don Garvin Nicholas has stepped out
of his "crease" to take a swing at ILP
leader Jack Warner and the Opposi-
"I m not prepared to consistently
allow a few people to destroy our
potential or our country...I m quite
prepared to live with the consequences
of my actions---I m not, however, pre-
pared to live with the consequences
of my inaction," Nicholas said yes-
terday in a statement on the local gov-
Nicholas spoke two months ahead
of his return following the end of his
term. He will becoming back to T&T
to work with the People s Partnership
in Diego Martin.
On the October 21 polls, Nicholas
noted issues that inflamed T&T during
the PNM s tenure, saying: "The PNM
of today hasn t changed much from
the PNM of 2010. So it s bewildering
how anyone can think the PNM can
make a positive difference to anyone
in 2013 or 2015. The ILP, like Team
Unity, is a party formed out avarice
and spite. The leader couldn t get con-
trol of the party so he formed his own
in an effort to mash up the UNC and
gain control of its constituency," he
said. "There is no other underlying
philosophy and it is most certainly
not based on any super credibility,
integrity or performance.
"After heading the UNC as chair-
man, the Ministries of Infrastructure
and National Security, the UNC
remains lacking in structure, flooding
continues whenever rain falls because
the major and minor water courses
have not been extensively cleared and
managed and crime has not yet been
"He was a half-decent MP but that
isn t the be-all and end-all of repre-
sentation at a national or international
"We seem to forget Warner had
attracted national outrage for allegedly
bringing all of T&T into disrepute and
the majority of citizens had called for
his firing from the government."
He said Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
brought down the UNC because Bas-
deo Panday was "giving too much to
Carlos John, and Keith Rowley brought
down the PNM because Patrick Man-
ning was giving too much to Calder
Hart, now Warner wants to bring
down the UNC because, as he has
stated, Kamla is giving too much to
Saying Warner has a war chest of
bottomless proportions, Nicholas said
citizens "need to reflect on what they
"You have all seen the behaviour
and feeling of entitlement from some-
one who partly funded the governing
party," he said.
"Can you imagine what will take
place if he owned the entire govern-
ment? The acquisition of people is
taking place at breathtaking speed---
are you prepared to be acquired?"
Supporting Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and outlining the
PP s achievements, he added: "The
challenge has been balancing a coali-
tion of interests with strong and some-
times selfish personalities."
Nicholas said the perception of a
"cabal" is universal and abhorrent to
many, especially having gone to the
people promising new more demo-
cratic and all-inclusive politics.
Nicholas said: "Mistakes have been
made, but the PM is not alone in this
regard. What distinguishes success
from failure is how we respond to
mistakes and challenges.
"I don t attempt to make excuses
for the UNC s leader...I look forward
to seeing her step up to the plate and
save a government that has tremen-
dous potential and which is led by
someone who is not driven by testos-
terone but by compassion."
Nicholas warns: Don't
be fooled by Warner
ABOUT THE CASE
The corporation filed the latest lawsuit for
trespass after the Ministry of Works and
Infrastructure began work on the highway
extension in August. According to the evidence,
the ministry and project contractor were using a
portion of the land to store equipment and
The corporation initially applied for an injunction
against the State blocking the use of the site.
The disputed land, sometimes referred to as the
Cocorite Farm, is on the Western Main Road in
Westmoorings opposite West Mall.
It is also the subject of another legal dispute
involving the Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA), which is currently before the Court of
Appeal. In January, High Court judge Carol Gobin
ruled that the land had been in the continuous
and undisturbed possession of the corporation
since the 1980s.
Westmoorings land case put off again...
paying for delays
Limbo dancers perform during the
launch of the 2013 Sci-Techkno Fest at
the Centre of Excellence, Macoya,
yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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