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May 4, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House
of Assembly (THA) Orville London yes-
terday called for Tobago to be given full
autonomy as a fitting and lasting tribute
to former president, prime minister and
chairman of the THA Arthur NR Robin-
son, who died from kidney failure at St
Clair Medical Centre, Port-of-Spain, on
April 9. He was 87.
London said this during a state funeral
for Robinson at the Dwight Yorke Stadium,
Bacolet, Tobago. The first state funeral
was held at the National Academy for the
Performing Arts (Napa), Port-of-Spain,
Yesterday s funeral service was not with-
out incident. Shortly after the casket was
brought on the stage, the national flag
draping it fell off, causing the audience to
gasp in surprise. One of the soldiers who
had brought the casket on stage had to
rush to rectify the problem. Moments later,
it slipped off for a second time, as there
was a strong breeze blowing across the
stadium. The flag was again secured around
the casket, allowing the service to begin.
Among those present were President
Anthony Carmona, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar, Chief Justice Ivor Archie,
Chief Secretary Orville London, cabinet
ministers and Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley. Robinson s children Ann Margaret,
granddaughter Anushka and nephew Ellis
were also present.
Allen Granville honoured Robinson s
national contributions in song; the audi-
ence sang along with him, clapped and
even gave him a standing ovation.
London said Robinson s vision was for
autonomy for Tobago: "He has died with
his Tobago vision unfulfilled."
London said: "...We must take the
responsibility to ensure that Robinson s
vision of an autonomous Tobago in an
equitable, dignified, and mutually beneficial
relationship with Trinidad, in a strong,
united, democratic state, is realised."
He also urged leaders to "strive to emu-
late (Robinson s) courage, fortitude, char-
acter and refusal to compromise on prin-
Persad-Bissessar paid glowing tribute
to Robinson, saying he was willing to lose
his life in defence of the nation during the
1990 attempted coup by the Jamaat al
Muslimeen, when he ordered the army to
attack with full force during the hostage
crisis at the Parliament building.
Robinson was a true citizen of this coun-
try and a true Caribbean man, she said.
She said he must be remembered as "a
caring father, a resolute leader, a loving
son, a devoted husband, and a loyal friend."
The Signal Hill Alumni Choir, Bishop s
High School Choir and Roxborough Com-
munity Chorale all sang songs.
Rowley said Robinson was a good exam-
ple of morality in public affairs. He said
the late president recognised the impor-
tance of spiritual knowledge and urged
everyone to emulate the high standards
set by Robinson.
Rev Joseph Hepburn of the Methodist
Church gave the homily. He said Robinson
did not embrace the idea of power, but
believed in the power of ideas.
Following the three-hour service, there
was a private service at the Scarborough
Methodist Church. Robinson was later
buried at the church cemetery, with a 21-
21-gun salute for
Robbie in Tobago
Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence
Maharaj says he has hired private security after
learning that there is a "silver bullet" for him if
he continues to stand up against the People s
Maharaj spoke on Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) leader Jack Warner s platform for Change at
Gaston Court, Chaguanas, on Friday night, where
he said he was told about the bullet for him by
people close to the Government.
"One of them said they have a silver bullet for
me...one of them said we will put up people to kill
The former AG said he had been threatened
before by other governments, but while he would
treat the previous threats as empty, he believes
there is some substance behind this new threat.
He said he wanted the acting Commissoner of
Police to know that the Government was capable
"If the threat becomes serious, I will report it
to the police," Maharaj said.
Maharaj said this will not force him to go quiet
on the latest scandal involving prison litigation.
"Why doesn t the Prime Minister want an inves-
tigation independent of the Attorney General s
office?" Maharaj asked.
Ramesh questioned why Ramlogan would not
recuse himself from this probe. See Page A14
JENSEN LA VENDE
Three shooting deaths within a 12-hour period
yesterday have taken the murder toll to 156. One of
the shootings sparked a small clash between police
and residents in Laventille that was quickly dis-
Just after 9 am yesterday, officers of the Port-of-
Spain Task Force received a tip off that there was a
body lying at the side of the road at Mentor Alley,
Laventille. The officers arrived and found the body of
Keshorn John of Mentor Alley. The man, who is orig-
inally from Hamlet Street, St Barbs, is believed to have
been dumped at the location as there were signs that
his body had been dragged to where he was found.
Homicide officers of both Port-of-Spain and Arouca
are continuing investigations.
According to police reports, around 9.15 pm Friday,
Anderson Stanisclaus alias "Kevin James" and "Andy"
of Paradise Height, Morvant, was walking south along
El Soccoro Extension, when he was shot. Police said
when Stanisclaus neared the corner of Shakir Trace,
a white Honda Civic with the registration number
PBW 2256 pulled up alongside him and the occupants
opened fire. When the man fell, one occupant came
out of the vehicle and snatched gold jewelry off the
man and fired more shots at him before escaping in
Within a half hour, the same vehicle was used in
a shooting on nearby Swami Road, where Karel Registe
was shot and killed and another man, Nkosi Clarke,
was wounded. Police said the men were standing near
each other when the gunmen fired several shots in
their direction. Both men were rushed to the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex where Registe,
21, of Swami Avenue and Persad Lane, El Soccoro, was
pronounced dead on arrival. Clarke, 18, of Don Miguel
Road, Barataria, who was shot in the neck, left forearm
and chest was treated and is now warded in a stable
murder toll to 156
A guest raises her hand in praise during the the State Ecumenical Service for former president Arthur NR Robinson at the Dwight Yorke
Stadium, Tobago, yesterday. Former Tobago East MP and government minister Rennie Dumas, third from top, right, was also present.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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