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Newly-elected Chaguanas Bor-
ough Corporation councillors were
yesterday advised by former Inde-
pendent senator Rev Daniel
Teelucksingh to "avoid corruption
like the plague."
In a sermon at a special service at
the St Charles Presbyterian Church,
Chaguanas, Teelucksingh urged: "All
councilmen and aldermen across this
country, please do not tarnish your
service and your career with any form
He said it appeared that corruption
comes easily, not only for people in
political life, but citizens as well. He
urged the new councillors to ensure
their political careers are not tarnished
or spoilt by any form of corruption.
"Corruption can destroy your per-
sonal life, corruption can destroy your
family and public life," he warned.
"Avoid like a plague, councillors
and aldermen, avoid like a plague all
enticements, tainted with graff and
bribery and any semblance of wheel-
ing and dealing. It is going to bring
disgrace on personal and family life
and your career."
Teelucksingh, who hosted the spe-
cial service, told the newly-elected
representatives that they have a
"sacred obligation" to the people who
voted for them and have a responsi-
bility to work together for the benefit
of all citizens.
"Please forsake all arrogant, discour-
teous attitudes towards political oppo-
nents," he said.
New Chaguanas councillors told:
Avoid corruption like the plague
An autopsy is expect-
ed to be performed
today on the body of
game warden Andrew
George who collapsed
and died while playing
football on Saturday.
George, 59, of Post
Office Street, Tabaquite,
was playing an over-45
football match at the
Trinidad Cement Limited
ground, Plaisance Park,
around 7.15 pm when he
Attempts by medical
technicians to revive the
Footballer dies on playing field
unconscious man were
unsuccessful and he was
pronounced dead on the
playing field. His body
was removed to the mor-
tuary of the San Fernan-
do General Hospital for
an autopsy. Investigations
"You must work together as a
team. It is obligatory that you
all must work together as a team.
We demand this of you---work
together as a team."
He said after the "October
war" citizens are looking forward
to Christmas and Carnival relief
and want to leave behind "the
restless rage and the intense and
bitter contest of this month of
local government elections."
"We have never seen anything
like this. I could tell you that.
Are we witnessing a new era in
political warfare?" he asked.
Teelucksingh, who offered
prayers and blessings for all
councillors nationwide, urged
them not to have any ill will
towards each other.
He said: "After the October
war has ended we hope that
there will be no cold war as there
was at the end of World War II.
There was a cold war. All the
members of parliament and all
the councillors and aldermen...we
at this level will never want there
to be an extension of your war.
There must never be a cold war.
We have had enough."
Yesterday s service was attend-
ed by the winning United
National Congress (UNC) and
Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
councillors for the Chaguanas
Borough Corporation. None of
the People s National Movement
(PNM) councillors attended
ILP interim political leader Jack
Warner, the MP for Chaguanas
West and his Chaguanas East
counterpart, Transport Minister
Stephen Cadiz, as well as out-
going Chaguanas mayor Orlando
Nagessar and deputy mayor
Gopaul Boodan, attended the
During the service the division
between the politicians was clear
as the UNC councillors and
Cadiz sat on one pew and Warn-
er and his councillors sat on
Teelucksingh said with the
elections over and ballot boxes
put away, it was time for healing.
He offered prayer for unity.
"We will pray for you to find
instruments of healing in all of
the political world and all who
stood on political platforms in
the month of October," he said.
"We have to find instruments
of healing, you have to find
instruments of reconcilation, you
have to find instruments of for-
giveness. It is not that you may
do it, I speak on behalf of one
million people in T&T, you must
do it," he said.
Cadiz, in brief remarks at the
start of the service, said the elec-
tion had been a difficult time
but it was time for citizens to
Warner commended Teelucks-
ingh for his initiative but said
unity would only be cosmetic if
"If we cannot even sit in the
same church and sit in the same
pew and sit together, I wonder
how successful your gesture will
be, because in life it is not what
you say but what you do and we
all have to live and learn," he
Chaguanas East MP Stephen Cadiz, left, greets Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner during a special service for the
Chaguanas Borough and it's new councillors hosted by Reverend Daniel Teelucksingh at the St Charles
Presbyterian Church, Chaguanas, yesterday. Looking on are former Chaguanas mayor Orlando Nagessar, (partly
hidden), and former deputy mayor Gopaul Boodhan, right. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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