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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
remained mum yesterday on the contro-
versial video allegedly showing a man
resembling a Government minister rolling
a suspected marijuana cigarette while in
a hotel room with two women.
This even as Congress of the People (COP)
general secretary Clyde Weatherhead con-
firmed that the party yesterday obtained a
copy of the controversial video from TV6
Weatherhead said COP s political leader
Prakash Ramadhar had indicated that Sports
Minister Anil Roberts, who is yet to confirm
or deny whether the man in the video is
him, had spoken with him on the issue and
had agreed to meet with some senior party
officials on the subject.
In a brief telephone interview with the
T&T Guardian last evening, Weatherhead,
who was attending his uncle s funeral,
said he himself was yet to view the video.
In fact, he said, no COP executive member
had viewed the video, since Roberts, a mem-
ber of the party, requested he be present
for the viewing.
"We are in the process of making arrange-
ments to meet with Minister Roberts and
we will view the video with Minister Roberts
at his request," Weatherhead said.
Also contacted by cellphone yesterday,
COP chair Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan said
she was at a conference at the Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain, and could not com-
Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar opted not to
comment on the video when she was
approached by reporters after the formal
opening of the $26 million Metal Industries
Company Ltd (MIC) Technology Institute
at Clarke Road, Penal.
She said: "I have no further comment on
that. I made a statement of Saturday. I have
no further comment on that matter."
On Saturday, Persad-Bissessar said she
would only make a decision on Roberts s
political future with the party after carefully
examining the existing evidence.
She said then: "A decision must be made
in the national interest. I will make it without
fear and without favour."
The Prime Minister added: "But even as
I am looking at this, I find it very, very
strange, they say passing strange, that this
was a video over a year-and-a-half ago.
The PNM was saying that they had this
video and they talking about it a year-and-
After defending the minister, Persad-
Bissessar removed the controversial mul-
timillion-dollar Life Sport programme
from under Roberts s ministry and re-
assigned it to the National Security Min-
The move came following allegations
the programme was supporting criminal
Kamla mum on controversial ganja video
get copy to view
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yes-
terday expressed confidence the ongoing financial
audit of the Life Sport programme would clear
or confirm the allegations surrounding the con-
"I am sure that the audit will reveal if there is
anything to be concerned about, or if there is noth-
ing to be concerned about.
"I see the Ministry of National Security utilising
this programme in a way that will make it more
effective in the fight against crime," she said.
But the Prime Minister steered clear of com-
menting on the tit-for-tat between National Secu-
rity Minister Gary Griffith and Life Sport programme
director Cornelius Prince over the programme.
Griffith, in a newspaper article, had alleged
several improprieties under the programme, includ-
ing the payment of some $18 million to Life Sport
Carapo co-ordinator Rajaee Ali, a Jamaat-al-Mus-
However, Prince, who held a media conference
at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on Monday, with
participants of the programme, denied the minister s
allegations, saying the figures quoted in the article
were based on a flawed supposition and was a
"figment" of Griffith s imagination.
Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar delivered the feature
address at the opening ceremony for the $26 million
Metal Industries Company Ltd (MIC) Technology
Institute at Clarke Road, Penal.
Some 98 certificates of comfort also were deliv-
ered to squatter families in Penal during the event.
The PM welcomed construction of the facility,
which she said was the 17th such centre in T&T.
Persad-Bissessar commended Petrotrin and Ener-
gy Minister Kevin Ramnarine for donating the land
for the two-storey facility, which she toured with
Tertiary Education and Skills Training Minister
Fazal Karim, Land and Marine Resources Minister
Jairam Seemungal, Ramnarine and other officials.
She said next year, MIC would open similar cen-
tres in Rio Claro and Fyzabad.
The Rio Claro MIC centre, she said, would be
married with the College of Science Technology
and Applied Arts of T&T (Costaatt) to offer training
for nurses in South.
That, she said, would assist in addressing the
"severe shortage of nurses."
Co-ordinator of Metal Industries Company Ltd's (MIC) Technology Institute at Point-a-Pierre, Visham Deoharine, left, gives Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training Fazal Karim a tour of the Industrial Machine Department at
MIC's Penal Technology Centre following yesterday's opening ceremony at Petrotrin's Clarke Road compound. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
PM: Life Sport
will be better
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