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The funeral of Kishan Lutchmansingh, 44,
the slain brother of pastor Vishnu "Kitty" Lutch-
mansingh, 56, will take place today with a cer-
emony at his home at David Toby Trace, Chin
Chin Road, Cunupia. He will then be cremated
at the Waterloo cremation site.
The younger Lutchmansingh was shot dead on
Monday by his brother, who later took his own
life.In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday the nephew of both men, Amos Dadbahal,
said he believed the older Lutchmansingh, who
had three children between 26 and seven, was
mentally ill, despite never having undergone a psy-
In 2002, Lutchmansingh rose to fame after he
wrote and published a three-part book series, titled
From Poverty to Prosperity.
He ran Faith Sanctuary Family Ministries at the
Old Southern Main Road, Cunupia, before he had
to relocate to Harmony Hall, Reform Village, Mara-
bella, owing to a legal battle over ownership of the
parcel of land on which the church was.
Lutchmansingh claimed he was the sole ben-
eficiary of the multi-billion-dollar will of United
States railroad engineer Buford B Keaton, who died
in Kentucky, in 1999.
As a result he allegedly made several deals with
local businessmen for loans with promises of large
returns and when he failed to repay them he was
slapped with over 80 fraud charges,
In March 2012, senior magistrate Indra Ramoo-
Haynes committed Lutchmansingh to stand trial
in the San Fernando High Court for defrauding
Nutrimix executive Shaheed Mohammed of $3
million. He was also before deputy chief magistrate
Rajendra Rambacahan for allegedly swindling $1.1
million from four other businessmen from south
Dadbahal said none of the monies he gained
was shared with his family who he (Lutchmansingh)
claimed was dead to him.
On Tuesday Dadbahal told the media the younger
Lutchmansingh was seeking to mend the family
ties among himself and his nine siblings.
Shortly after 10 am on Monday, Lutchmansingh
walked up to his brother and shot him once in the
head. As he collapsed Lutchmansingh shot him
several times in his chest before returning to his
car.En route to his house at Savatri Extension Road,
Las Lomas No 1, Lutchmansingh saw his nephew,
Timothy Janitan, also of David Toby Trace, Cunupia,
and drove his Nissan Wingroad station wagon into
He went home shot himself and lit his wooden
house ablaze. His charred remains were found later.
His relatives are seeking to confirm his identity
through DNA testing before his burial.
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz
says PH taxis are "getting totally out
However, the minister admitted he
did not have an exact answer on how
to deal with the problem which remained
a challenge for his ministry.
Cadiz, speaking with reporters at the
second public consultation on the Motor
Vehicle Authority (MVA) at the Southern
Academy for the Performing Arts, Rien-
zi Kirton Highway, San Fernando, yes-
terday, said PH driving was "presenting
us with a problem."
PH, he said, was an illegal activity
and something had to happen to address
"If you want to run your car for hire
you need to register it as a taxi, plain
and simple. We now have PH drivers
on the regular taxi routes. We now have
PH maxi taxis and you know, it is getting
totally out of hand. We cannot continue
to allow that and we have to find a solu-
tion and put a stop to it," Cadiz said.
The minister said PH drivers had been
part of T&T s culture for years and had
served an important purpose in rural
communities where route taxis did not
Cadiz admitted: "I do not have the
exact answer right now but we cannot
support an illegal activity."
Former Transport Minister Jack
Warner, now Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) leader, had suggested regulating
PH taxis during his tenure.
Cadiz was against that idea.
He said: "I do not see how you could
regularise an illegal activity. The law is
the law and the Government cannot condone illegal
"But we must also accept that PH driving has been
with us for as long as route taxis were established."
Cadiz stressed the option was open to all PH taxis
to register and license their vehicles as hired cars.
He also said PH taxis had posed a security threat
since there were reports of women being assaulted
and other people being robbed.
The minister said he hoped to take the legislative
framework for the MVA to Parliament before the cur-
rent session ends.
Among the highlights of the legislation are cate-
gorising licence plates for all vehicles, the introduction
of vanity plates/personalised plates, merit points for
drivers and changes to juvenile drivers permits.
Cadiz also said the new legislation would make it
a punishable offence to park in designated handicap
parking spots, as well as to have open alcoholic drinks
in the front compartment of a vehicle and while driv-
ing.The next consultation will be held tomorrow in
PH drivers getting
out of hand---Cadiz
brother to be
A copy of the new-look driver's licence which was displayed shown at yesterday's
consultation at the Southern National Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando.
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