Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 27th 2014 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
As a sign of forgiveness, the
family members who escaped the
wrath of pastor Vishnu "Kitty"
Lutchmansingh nine weeks ago
on the day he murdered his
brother and killed himself attend-
ed his funeral yesterday.
Cousins Timothy and Joey Jan-
itan, whom Lutchmansingh tried
to kill on March 31, were among
the mourners gathered to bid their
final farewell, at Belgrove s cre-
matorium, Coffee Street, San Fer-
nando. Also present was the widow
of Lutchmansingh s brother Kis-
han, Allison Lutchmansingh.
She said through attending the
funeral of the man who killed her
husband, she had begun the heal-
"I am healing with the help of
God and it is my faith that brought
me here today," said Lutchmans-
ingh. "In time, God will give me
the strength to forgive him."
Speaking during the service,
Lutchmansingh s sister, Pastor
Girlie Lutchmansingh, urged family
members to remember the good
times spent with him and not only
the bad times.
"We need to remember the good
times we had as children, the man
Kitty was 99 per cent of the time,
not the person he was one per cent
of the time," she said.
Another sister, Geeta Lutch-
mansingh, said the family had
begun to heal and move on from
the tragedy and was hoping to stay
"We finally have closure. Now
we can move on. This is the time
we have to look out for one anoth-
er, for his children especially," she
said as she tried to soothe Lutch-
mansingh s eight-year-old daugh-
Lutchmansingh s elder daughter,
Hana, had to be consoled by rel-
atives as her father s remains were
cremated as she too broke down
in loud sobs.
The T&T Guardian understands
Lutchmansingh s son, Aaron, was
too distraught to attend the service.
On March 31, Lutchmansingh,
founder of Faith Sanctuary Family
Ministries, shot and killed his
brother Kishan. He then tried to
shoot his nephew, Timothy, and
ran over his other nephew, Joey,
on his way to his home at Savary
Road, Las Lomas No 1, where he
set the house on fire while he was
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SKYON POLYCARBONATE AWNINGS
Just over a month before the Con-
gress of the People (COP) holds its
internal elections, five more con-
stituencies are endorsing the return
of Winston Dookeran to take com-
mand of the party.
Chairmen from four constituencies
say there is too much division and in-
fighting within the party and only
Dookeran, who has across-the-board
appeal, can bring about the stability
needed to guide the party into the
2015 general election.
The COP is the second largest
member of the Prime Minister Kamla
The five have attached their signa-
tures to a letter, issued yesterday, call-
ing for its current leader Prakash
Ramadhar, who is also the Minister
of Legal Affairs in the People s Part-
nership Government, to stand aside
and let Dookeran assume the leader-
ship position once more.
They have made it clear they are
doing so in their personal capacities.
"Today, more than ever, the COP
and the country need personalities
who represent stability, respect and
integrity," the signed letter said.
It added: "It is common knowledge
that for quite some time all has not
been well within the COP. There has
been much division and in-fighting.
Members of the party have the highest
level of respect for Mr Dookeran.
"We are confident that should he
return as leader, his return would have
a calming and uniting effect on the
party and allow it to focus on the
delivery of decent and responsible
The letter continued that through-
out Dookeran s career in public life,
he had displayed "the highest level of
sobriety, intellectualism and caring,
as well as pure and honest leadership."
Dookeran, the Foreign Affairs Min-
ister, is out of the country but in an
interview with the Sunday Guardian
earlier this month he confirmed he
had been approached to take control
of the party and had a discussion with
Ramadhar about the issues brought
to his attention.
At that point he did not express any
desire to return as leader of the party
he founded, opting instead to indicate
he would seriously consider it if that
was what the membership wanted.
COP s nomination day is June 6 at
the party s Operation s Centre, Char-
A COP source said several other
members are interested in contesting
the leadership of the party only if
Dookeran refused to accept the chal-
"Right now the calls are becoming
more numerous and the voices are
getting louder. Once Mr Dookeran
accepts, the other challengers will
stand aside," the source added.
More support for
Dookeran to lead COP Healing begins
at funeral of
• Ricardo Rambally of Tunapuna.
• Rabindranath Ramlogan of
• Trevor Bridglalsingh of
• Rudolph Hanamji of Diego
• Vice-chairman Hugh Nurse of St
Trisha Lutchmansingh, wife of Pastor Vishnu "Kitty" Lutchmansingh,
comforts her eight-year-old daughter, Alana, during her husband's
cremation at Belgrove's Crematorium, Coffee Street, San Fernando,
yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Lutchmansingh, 54, shot to
fame in 2003 with claims that
he had inherited a billion-dollar
fortune before he was
eventually indicted in an
WHO WAS KITTY
Vishnu "Kitty" Lutchmansingh
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