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Government s food card programme is expected
to be expanded and named Rise Up.
Making the comment was Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley during a press conference at Par-
liament, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Rowley said he received that information after
obtaining a Cabinet note, dated January 24.
The note, he said, described Rise Up as a "holistic
approach to poverty alleviation which takes into
consideration conditions circumscribe a family s
effort to transition from poverty."
He added: "That expansion is a political tool
the Government is using to expand its political
base. The Government s political slogan was we
shall rise, and unashamedly the prime minister is
leading her Cabinet to convert the food card pro-
gramme into Rise Up so that they can use it in
their political arena. There is a subliminal connection
between We shall rise and Rise Up . Rowley said.
The People s Partnership slogan for the 2010
general election was We Will Rise.
He also criticised Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar for appointing unqualified people to
He said the latest appointment was that of
Christine Hosein, who was offered a $32,000 salary
by the Prime Minister as adviser to the Ministry
of the People and Social Development, which Per-
Hosein previously worked with former National
Security Minister Jack Warner and former Trade
Minister Stephen Cadiz.
Rowley described Hosein as a political activist
and said meanwhile, his staff at the Opposition
office were "fighting tooth-and-nail" for a proper
"I have lost staff because they are underpaid.
I have hard-working staff who they would not give
a duty allowance because a couple hundred dollars
would break the budget.
"But the Prime Minister writes and asks this
person be paid $32,000 a month with no formal
qualification in nothing," Rowley added.
Hosein shot into the spotlight in 2005 when her
son was kidnapped.
Leader: Rise Up
food card is a
Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley has said he has fresh
evidence of corruption and
mismanagement in the Life
Sport programme and showed
several cheque stubs which he
said were being dumped at the
He also alleged there were
bank workers involved in the
Rowley spoke at a press con-
ference at Parliament, Port-of-
He said the stubs were found
in garbage bags and were made
out to people from different
areas, including Malabar, Mor-
vant, Barataria, Bagatelle and
He added: "But the actual
cheques were written for June
2015. Somebody changed it with
a pen to June 2014 and initialled
all of them and the cheques
"I know that cheques which
were misprinted, no one can
change that with a pen and cash
"The Life Sport programme
does not end in the ministry. It
ends all the way to the bank
because there are persons in the
bank who would have been
cashing these cheques without
the proper checks and balances."
He said he intended to pass
on the information to acting
Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams and called for a full
forensic audit into several
aspects of the programme,
including the Rural Sport pro-
gramme, the Hoop of Life, the
Malabar Football Club, Arima
Invitational Challenge and the
Rowley also demanded that
the auditor general examined
those issues. On the findings of
the Central Audit Committee
on the Life Sport programme
Rowley expressed little confi-
dence, describing them as "very
The Malabar Football Club,
in particular, Rowley said, was
paid some $59,000 a month
and that sum was approved
shortly after Anil Roberts
became sport minister.
Roberts resigned from his
ministerial post last Thursday.
He resigned as MP yesterday
and his seat was declared
"In June, when the Govern-
ment came into office, approval
was granted for Malabar Football
Club to receive $59,000 a
month. The request for the
monies was to be used to pay
a chairman, a vice chairman, a
coach, a secretary and stipend
for 18 players," Rowley said.
He said he had written to
Roberts asking for $40,000 for
the Diego Martin Football
league, but received no reply.
In the Ministry of Works,
Rowley claimed, there were
similar acts of corruption taking
place, adding: "Life Sport is just
a window into the nature of
governance of the Government."
found in dump
Rowley on alleged Life Sport corruption:
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley shows evidence of corruption
and mismanagement in the Life Sport programme during a press
conference at Parliament, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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