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Trade, Investment and Com-
munication Minister Vasant
Bharath has admitted that Gov-
ernment s Life Sport programme
did not reap the success it was
He made the comment in the
wake of Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar s announcement,
during last week s sitting of the
Lower House, that the programme
was being terminated as a result
of the findings of the audit carried
out by the Ministry of Finance.
The audit report revealed pro-
curement breaches, fraud by sup-
pliers, theft of equipment and sev-
eral other wrongful acts in the Life
Sport programme, which was cre-
ated to target young men who were
frequently preyed on by members
of criminal gangs in their respective
There were numerous calls for
the resignation of Sports Minister
Anil Roberts after the findings were
revealed in the House by the PM.
Roberts subsequently tendered his
resignation last Thursday and it
was accepted by the PM.
Asked whether this meant there
would be negative political impli-
cations for the People s Partnership
in the upcoming general election,
Bharath said: "Everything that the
Government does has political
implications, either positive or neg-
ative. Clearly, this has not turned
out in the most positive of lights,
but it is a question of how we deal
with it that matters.
"I think the population expects
that mistakes would be made along
the way. I think that the population
also expects that the Government
isn t going to always get everything
right, but it is always important
to the population how government
deals with it subsequently."
He was speaking to reporters
before the official ceremony to
launch of the Trans-Atlantic Trade
and Investment symposium at
Hilton Trinidad and Conference
Centre, St Ann s, Port-of-Spain.
While not specifically saying the
fiasco surrounding the Life Sport
programme would have an impact
on the People s Partnership,
Bharath said the electorate would
have to be the judge.
"I am not saying it s not going
to impact. I am saying the pop-
ulation always has to weigh what
the potential advantages are---not
just the advantages, but what was
the programme meant to achieve
in the first place?
"I think it was meant to inter-
vene at a level which would have
taken young men and women off
the streets. The population always
has to weigh, when they are going
to vote, whether the programmes
that government have imple-
mented have been implemented
well and in fact, if something did
go wrong, how did we deal with
it."Commenting on media reports
that more audits are coming into
programmes such as Hoop of Life,
the Citizen Security Programme
and the National Mentorship pro-
gramme, Bharath said he wasn t
sure whether the Cabinet had given
approval for more audits.
"Clearly, it will be a good thing
if these audits take place and
redound to the benefit of the peo-
Bharath admits Life Sport failed
Public will weigh
in on our actions
American Chamber of Industry and Commerce
(AmCham) CEO Nirad Tewarie believes leaders who
hold leadership positions should be held accountable
for the actions of their subordinates.
"I think everybody has to take responsibility for
their actions, and taking responsibility isn t simply
saying that you take responsibility," Tewarie told
reporters after the ceremony to launch the AmCham
18th Annual HSSE conference and exhibition at Hilton
Trinidad, St Ann s, Port-of-Spain, last week.
His comments came after Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar announced, during last week s sitting
of the Lower House, that the Life Sport programme
would be terminated due to the alarming findings
of the audit carried out by the Ministry of Finance.
Following the announcement there were numerous
calls for Sport Minister Anil Roberts to resign. He
subsequently did so last Thursday, although sticking
to his argument that he had done no wrong.
Asked to comment on the findings of the audit,
however, Tewarie said: "I don t have all the facts, I
don t want to get into the details of (the findings),
all I have seen is what I read in the newspapers."
In justifying why the programme should remain
operational after reports of rampant corruption,
duplication and wastage were exposed in the media,
Roberts had said it assisted in keeping young people
off the streets.
The programme started in August 2012. (NS)
Leaders must be held accountable
for insubordinates' action---Tewarie
Jamaican National Security Minister
Peter Bunting has confirmed a report
that a Federal Bureau of Investigations
(FBI)-style anti-crime agency is to be
created on the island.
Speaking at a press conference at the
Police Officers Club in St Andrew yes-
terday, Bunting said the new entity will
be called the Major Organised Crime
and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA),
retaining the MOCA acronym, and will
be headed by Col DT Edwards of the
Jamaica Defence Force.
MOCA is being merged with the
Anti-Corruption Branch of the JCF.
"The new agency will give us greater
reach and increase our capacity to carry
out investigations on people of interest,
including the police and those in public
office. This will in turn produce an
enhanced capability to prosecute crim-
inals," Bunting said.
He said MOCA and the Anti Cor-
ruption Branch have demonstrated their
competence, adding that he believes
that "pooling their collective talents
together in a single more capable agency
can only improve performance."
This agency, he said, will see the
police and soldiers being assisted by
personnel the Financial Investigations
Division from the Ministry of Finance,
as well as the Passport Immigration
and Citizenship Agency, Jamaica Cus-
toms Department, the Revenue Pro-
tection Division, the Registrar General s
Department, and the Tax Administra-
tion of Jamaica. (Jamaica Gleaner)
Jamaica set to launch
FBI-style crime unit
A young participant smiles for the camera during the Emancipation Support
Committee's flambeaux procession through the streets of Port-of-Spain on
Friday night in commemoration of Emancipation Day. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Representing the people of
D'Abadie/O'Meara would not
be affected by the departure of
Roberts, Bharath said.
"That does not affect his
ability to represent his people.
Roberts is still functioning as
MP for the area he represents."
In fact Roberts wrote to the
Speaker yesterday also
resigning his seat in
Asked whether the PP would
be contesting that seat in the
upcoming general election,
Bharath said: "That's not my
decision to make as I have said
before, that's the prime
minister's decision to make and
in fact, Mr Roberts' party to
make a decision on, whether or
not he continues to be their
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