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Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader Jack
Warner is sending a letter to Speaker Wade Mark
today seeking an explanation on recent allegations
about Mark s Executive Master of Business Admin-
istration (EMBA) degree.
Warner told the Guardian this yesterday.
Warner said he believed People s Partnership MP
Anil Roberts reported boycott of the Parliament
last Friday was based on an integrity stand after
allegations concerning Mark s UWI degree.
Roberts was absent from Parliament last Friday
reportedly boycotting, after writing Mark that day
expressing concern on the degree issue and seeking
clarification on it.
Roberts didn t respond yesterday to text messages
on whether he would attend the upcoming Lower
Warner said: "I myself am concerned by what
I ve read on the issue."
He does not plan to boycott Parliament, however.
"I ll write the Speaker tonight and send a letter
to him tomorrow (today) asking for an explanation
before I do anything else," he said.
"I ll give the Speaker a chance to explain what
I ve been reading as I need assurances from the
Speaker that everything is above board.
"I can t feel comfortable if the Speaker is accused
or guilty of what they allege he is."
PP House leader Roodal Moonilal did not reply
to calls on Roberts action.
PP deputy leader Suruj Rambachan said COP
MP Roberts wasn t in UNC s caucus.
COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan said
she was not aware if Roberts had attended COP s
caucus and had no comment on whether she shared
his concerns about the degree issue.
PP MP Fuad Khan, however, said if he had had
any problems with the issue he d have spoken direct-
ly to the Speaker rather than writing.
"I think the university has to be the one to come
out and indicate there are certain things they do
and we have to await any investigation and their
vocalisation," he said.
"But in the new age approach of education sys-
tems, UWI takes the decisions based on information
they have and they decide exactly what their direc-
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From page A1
The team s full mandate
reviewing of all provisions, reg-
ulations, legislation and public
sector processes focused on the
care, health and protection of
The unit will also recom-
mend how, through policy inter-
vention and partnerships with
non-governmental and com-
munity organisations, the State
can roll back risks to children.
The task force will also make
recommendations on how the
Children s Authority can become
fully empowered to carry out its
Members will recommend
how emergency responses can
be widened, accelerated and
structured to respond imme-
diately to the needs of children
During the Prime Minister s
visit, she said: "I have chosen
not to go the way of others and
discuss who is to be blamed and
who must be held liable."
"Through this Child Protec-
tion Task Force, every loophole,
every gap and every grey area
that must be fixed will be iden-
tified and action will be taken."
The Prime Minister has also
mandated the task force to pro-
vide thorough recommenda-
tions, on "the causes and factors
that are fueling such a stark
breakdown in human values in
some persons and families."
PNM public relations officer
Faris Al-Rawi said, "The PNM
welcomes the Government s
statement, which seems to be
merely an introduction insofar
as the persons on the task force
and further parameters have
been omitted from the press
"The PNM will, as it has
always has, support all rational
and legitimate measures required
in the best interest of the citizens
of T&T. This is all the more
important in the case of the pro-
tection of T&T s children."
Al-Rawi added, "As T&T is
aware we spent a massive
amount of time developing very
robust laws in the last PNM in
government and we sat in many
sessions (on the issue) standing
in the face of even Independent
senators to pass the Children
"We cautioned the govern-
ment at the time of debate of
the Children Bill in the Senate
to provide much needed
resources urgently so that the
mechanisms which inter-artic-
ulate with the Children s
Authority could be opera-
tionalised with immediacy.
Regrettably, we are now on our
third minister in charge of the
Children s Authority and we still
have nothing to show for the
time the Government has been
Saying the PNM has been at
pains to state that urgent action
is required, Al-Rawi said the
party would make a full state-
ment after the full particulars
of the latest committee to be
appointed were known.
A 28-year-old relative of slain
six-year-old Keyana "Ki-Ki"
Cumberbatch remained in police
custody late yesterday evening.
Investigators are working
under the supervision of assis-
tant commissioner of Police
In an interview yesterday, Dick
said he was happy with the
investigation and the way his
team of Homicide officers made
enquiries with the "intervention
of the Almighty."
Several people have since been
interviewed and statements have
Senior officers been have been
in conferences and working on
the investigation since last Fri-
Meanwhile, investigations are
continuing into the death of
one-year-old Jacob Munroe,
found in a cesspit near his Mara-
cas, St Joseph home two weeks
ago. An autopsy revealed he was
beaten and smothered.
(With reporting by Camille
Clarke. See pages A7, A26)
PM: We must unite
to save our children
Mark must speak
out on degree
issue, says Warner
KES AND THE KIDS
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