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Gender, Youth and Child Develop-
ment Minister Clifton De Coteau says
his recent hospitalisation was a mes-
sage to his government colleagues to
get their lives in order.
A high-spirited De Coteau spoke at
his Princes Town home yesterday,
showing members of the media and
acting Prime Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal that he has regained his mobil-
ity after being admitted to hospital last
Wednesday. He was reported to have
had a stroke.
"There was no bleeding in the head
as such," he said, "but it was a wake-
up call to all my colleagues. Sometimes
we have to slow down because pressure
is a silent killer.
"We have to keep monitoring our
health because our health is our wealth
and as I said in Parliament, at the end
of the day we are not indispensable,"
"The point is, how many of us, my
colleagues, miss meals? They do not
have their meals on time, they don t
take any exercise---but we go out there
and say, Fight the fat and be healthy,
and we can articulate with authority.
"We can articulate for everybody but
not for ourselves."
He said his colleagues should tell
themselves, "You see what happened
to De Coteau? Let us not let that hap-
pen to us."
He said his illness was the result of
stress, which caused his blood pressure
level to rise dangerously.
Blaming poor eating habits and a
lack of exercise, he said monitoring his
salt intake and regular workouts would
have to fit into his lifestyle.
However, this will not affect his
career as he said he had no plans to
bow out of the political arena any time
"I will bow out when the Lord tells
me to, because I am guided by him.
What I am doing, I am on a mission,
this is my role in life now, to really help
those communities, to bring them up
to a level that they would like to be."
He added that medical services
should be introduced for MPs.
Although he has been granted 14
days leave and told to rest by Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, he
said he was still involved in organising
local government election activities
for the electoral districts in his con-
"I am supposed to claim 14 days,
but as I told you, I was out yesterday,
I am going out again tomorrow, and
Monday I will be up in the office,"
De Coteau said.
"Right now I am still co-ordinating
the activities of the four electoral
districts that fall within my con-
De Coteau warns colleagues:
Take care of
Clifton De Coteau, yesterday.
Three state witnesses in the
preliminary inquiry into the For-
res Park dump double murders
were arrested and taken to court
The three were among seven
witnesses who had failed to
appear after receiving summonses
to attend court.
Warrants had been issued for
Witnesses Omawalie Smith,
Allister Haggard and Kenisha Bain
appeared before Deputy Chief
Magistrate Mark Wellington, who
is hearing the murder inquiry in
the San Fernando First Court.
Wellington granted the wit-
nesses bail, but warned them that
if they failed to appear at the next
hearing, October 25, they would
be rearrested and kept in custody
until the end of the case.
They are witnesses in the mur-
der inquiry against Anton
Goodridge and Shazard Rajack,
both of Bertrand Street, San Fer-
nando, which began earlier this
year. The two men are charged
with the murders of Diane
Williams and her ten-year-old
son Shaquille Morgan. Their
headless and dismembered bodies
were found at the Forres Park
landfill near Claxton Bay on July
The whereabouts of the State s
main witness is still unknown
but his statement has been ten-
dered into evidence.
Warrants are still to be exe-
cuted on the other three state
Witnesses in murder case taken to court on warrants
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