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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Police have confirmed they are
investigating the disappearance
of over 40 guns from the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, but are
being mum on the investigation.
Contacted yesterday on the sta-
tus of the investigation, Deputy
Commissioner of Police Glen
Hackett said he would speak on
the matter when he had something
According to reports, the guns
went missing sometime between
last year and last month. The
weapons were taken to the centre
for ballistic testing. Most of them
formed part of exhibits in ongoing
police cases and their removal may
hamper the cases.
The disappearance of the
weapons was first reported to
director at the Forensic Science
Centre, Arlette Lewis, by Derek
Sankar, who is in charge of the
Lewis then reported the matter
to the police. (JL)
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Cops mum on 40 stolen guns
Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal says Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley has underesti-
mated the political maturity of the
country and that the People s
National Movement (PNM) is
afraid of majority rule.
He made the comment during
his contribution to the debate yes-
terday on the Constitution (Amend-
ment) Bill 2014 in Parliament.
Insisting that the bill would be
passed, Moonilal said the Govern-
ment did not intend to fool any-
"This is no sham. We did not
come here to fool anybody. We
came to implement a promise of
reform," he added.
He insisted that the Government
would pass the bill and said the
current dissenting voices to the bill
were coming from people who were
afraid of change.
"What do you think will happen,
the sky will fall?" he questioned.
Moonilal likened the debate to a
runoff between two sides, those
who support majority rule and
those who support minority rule.
"To support the rule of a minority
is wrong," Moonilal said.
He said the PNM was against
the measure because it did not
believe it could win with majority
"There are MPs who are here
because the majority of people that
went to the polls decided I don t
want you but they find themselves
in Parliament, so that the will of
the people who came out to vote,
that will is defeated.
"There are Members of Parlia-
ment who are in the House who
defeat the will of the majority and
they sit in the House for five years,"
He said the bill would mean the
end of minority rule.
"A fundamental aspect of
democracy is to respect the will of
the majority," he added.
Moonilal said he was shocked
that members of the Social Move-
ment Network had started a cam-
paign to stop the debate.
He said the Opposition had fallen
into the belief that somehow major-
ity rule was a green-eyed monster,
noting this was because it had ben-
efitted from minority rule.
Moonilal argued that contrary to
some views, third parties would
actually benefit from the proposed
legislation, adding that third party
politics had been dead for 40 years.
"It is today that the third parties
can breathe life because in the first
election everybody can go. At the
second poll, you will have two and
give people a second choice to vote."
He called on the Opposition
members to bring amendments that
Government could consider instead
of being "merchants of fear and
doom and gloom."
He quipped that Rowley was
afraid he might be recalled as an
MP as Government had done a lot
of work in his Diego Martin West
PNM afraid of
Moonilal: Reform bill no PP sham
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General election by Sept 2015---PM
Parliament will dissolve in June
2014 and general election will be
held, at latest, by September 2015,
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said yesterday.
Saying Government will hold
general polls when constitutionally
due, she added that Parliament
will prorogue by next June and
general polls cannot be held after
"Take note you know, so those
of you who re calling for it now,
think twice," she said.
Saying people had said the Peo-
ple s Partnership (PP) would not
last the term, the PM declared to
PP desk-thumping support:
"I will run the term of this Gov-
ernment as long as it s within the
law, so when Parliament dissolves
in June 2015, according to law,
elections can be held any time
thereafter not later than September
She noted that the People s
National Movement (PNM) had
postponed Local Government polls
Pointing out that her Govern-
ment had brought the current bill
on the Constitutional Reform
Commission s recommendation,
Persad-Bissessar said it was decid-
ed to bring those items that
required a simple majority vote
first and others later on.
She said the current proposals
were not the end of such reform
legislation and others which
require a special majority vote ---
including referendums, propor-
tional representation and strength-
ening the powers of the Director
of Public Prosecution --- would be
brought in future.
Persad-Bissessar said the Con-
stitutional Reform Commission
held 21 meetings nationwide, sug-
gestions had come from the people
and she was satisfied the CRC had
discharged its duties faithfully. She
noted the PP s manifesto had stated
its constitutional reform proposals.
The PM said the public was now
being distracted with talk of runoff
polls but the basis of the runoff
was the right of voters to recall an
MP via majority of votes process.
She noted the use of a simple
majority for passage of the bill was
confirmed by former Caribbean
Court of Justice (CCJ) president
Michael de la Bastide, Elections
and Boundaries Commission (EBC)
chairman Dr Norbert Masson and
senior counsel Martin Daly.
"Nowhere in this bill is any
express or implied amendments
that require a special majority. (So)
I can see nothing wrong with giv-
ing people the right to the power
performing, I am coming to take
you out. " (GA)
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