Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 6th 2013 Contents RENUKA SINGH
"Watch your back with Jack".
That was the catchphrase of
Congress of the People leader
Prakash Ramadhar at Friday
night s launch of the party s local
government elections campaign.
Ramadhar arrived at the rally
at Constantine Park, Tunapuna,
around 8.30 pm after party chair-
man Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan
spoke and just in time to take the
Ramadhar told the crowd that
the time had come to take off the
gloves and "throw some cuff" on
Independent Liberal Party leader
He revisited the multi-million
dollar wrecking for a firetruck
issue, laying the responsibility
squarely on Warner s shoulders.
"You know my friends, I don t
like to buss mark, but I like to
speak the truth," he said.
Ramadhar said the $6.4 million
was paid upon Cabinet approval
but called on Warner to tell the
nation his role in the issue.
"Because he complaining
everybody corrupt, everybody do
wrong thing and he ducking and
hiding as if he did not participate
in these things, but it is about
time that the truth is told," he
Ramadhar said they were not
told the equipment was a water
truck but was led to believe it was
a fire tender that had crashed.
He said he knows now that the
total cost of the truck was
between $2 to $3 million but was
told then that it cost more than
"...It may sound foolish now
that we agreed, but we did not
know at the time that it was a
water tank on wheels," Ramadhar
"Every single day is something,
but I ain t going there tonight,"
he said, mocking Warner s refrain
on the ILP platform.
"We are unafraid of you,"
Seepersad-Bachan also targeted
Warner during her presentation.
She said while he was seen as a
"doer" and a performer, what did
he "do" for the people of Haiti,
the local footballers and the "fake
"Yes, Jack certainly gets things
done," she said.
She said she appereciated the
energy of ILP supporters and it
motivated COP supporters more.
"I applaud the enthusiasm of
the supporters. I applaud them
for lighting a fire underneath this
party---the pressure they have put
on us to explain not only what
we have done but what we are all
about," she said.
Several attempts to contact
Warner yesterday were unsuc-
cessful. Call to his cell phone
went straight to voice message.
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Interim political leader of the
Independent Liberal party (ILP)
Jack Warner is promising $20
per hour minimum wage and no
contract employment in the Pub-
lic Service under an ILP-led gov-
Warner promised this to sup-
porters on Friday night as he gave
a sneak-peek into the ILP s man-
ifesto during an ILP local govern-
ment elections public meeting on
Harris Promenade, San Fernan-
"Right now a team is sitting
with us, and we are preparing our
manifesto for the general elec-
Revealing two things in their
manifesto, the Chaguanas West
MP said the first plan was to
increase the minimum wage cur-
rently at $12.50 per hour to $20
"Because the cost of living is
too high and, therefore, we have
to find the ways and means. We
must make sure the economy
functions and works so that busi-
nessmen make the money to pay
you. Right now every business in
the country is dead."
He said the second thing was
to discontinue the practice of con-
tract employment in the public
service. "Contract work in the
public service, except in special
circumstances, will come to an
end because right now they have
no security of tenure, they cannot
go to the bank and take out a loan
or a mortgage. Every three years
they are looking for a job...that
will come to an end."
He also warned permanent sec-
retaries in three ministries. Warner
said they were doing wrong things
based on advice by certain min-
isters. "Today there are three of
them who the ILP have under
watch because they are doing
wrong in their ministries. It is
best if they transfer from ministry
to ministry than from their home
to a jail."
He advised them not to over-
price contracts and ensure proper
tendering before contracts are
awarded. Warner also claimed
that the phones citizens use,
including parliamentarians, are
"What surprised me most were
the phone calls I received from
some of my parliamentary col-
leagues who were guarded enough
to call from anonymous phone
lines fearing the tapping that is
taking place of private citizens
phones. Today more people are
concerned and frightened to use
their phones than ever before in
the history of this country, that
is one of the notorious legacies
of this People s Partnership Gov-
He spoke about converting
Skinner Park to a national stadi-
um, upgrading the Battoo Avenue
recreational ground, a jetty for
fisherfolk and the clean up of the
Political leader of the People s National
Movement (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley says
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
is being held hostage by a club within
her Cabinet that has secrets on her.
Rowley said "the Prime Minister can t
take any action against any member of
her Cabinet who is found to be unsuitable
because she is afraid of what they would
do and say about her. They keeping secret
for her. The Prime Minister is held hostage
by people with questions to answer."
He described it as "a club of misbehav-
iour. A protection society club."
Rowley made the statement while
addressing supporters at a public meeting
in Arima on Friday.
He said the population do not want
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan in the
Cabinet and warned Persad-Bissessar that
she was now paying a serious price for
"The Prime Minister is unable to do
what any prime minister would have done,
which is to remove them from office."
After three reshuffles, Rowley said the
Cabinet has turned into an "all fours"
game, with Persad-Bissessar "still holding
on to the jokers."
He said each Cabinet minister had files
on each other.
Rowley said his job was to bring down
the Government as long as he does it legal-
ly.The Opposition Leader said the PNM
was confident that they would return to
office after the 2015 general election.
Insisting that crime was the country s
biggest headache, Rowley said the Gov-
ernment had failed miserably in this area.
He said killings were now being con-
nected from outside of T&T.
"Is killing after killing."
Food prices, Rowley said, was increasing
as a result of supermarket owners placing
high mark-ups to cover the cost of their
growing security bills.
Rowley said he was shocked to hear that
Minister of National Security Gary Griffith
was now interested in purchasing a long
range patrol vessel from Colombia after
the Government had scrapped the purchase
of the PNM s off shore patrol vessels.
He also condemned the PM for changing
the rules to approve and make it legal for
ministers and their personal drivers to drive
"That will cost you millions of dollars.
Everyone of them will buy a government
vehicle for their ministry and you will pay
for it. The vehicle will be used to do all
their work, public and private, and you
will have to pay for the tyres, gas and
Rowley resurrected the conspiracy charge
against former PNM ministers Franklin
Khan and Eric Williams.
Though the charges on both men were
dropped, Rowley said "...an investigation
is taking place right now where there are
people in Government who are the subject
of the investigation of that conspiracy
against Franklin Khan."
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ILP supporters wave flags during their meeting on Harris Promenade,
San Fernando, on Friday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Ramadhar wades into
Jack over firetruck issue
COP presents canditates for the upcoming local government elections during their campaign launch at
Constantine Park, Tunapuna, on Friday. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
Warner's general election promise...
$20 an hour if ILP wins
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