ILP candidate a double deportee
By SEAN DOUGLAS Wednesday, October 9 2013
HOUSING Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal at a UNC local government election campaign meeting, warned the nation about casting votes for the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) as some of its candidates are of dubious character, singling one in particular, whom Moonilal claimed is a double deportee.
Speaking at Pepper Sauce Junction in Endeavour, Chaguanas Moonilal revealed that ILP candidate for Morvant in the local government election Kerwin Bucchan, is a double-deportee from the United States.
Moonilal bemoaned the sight of the ILP candidate recently going to court with a towel covering his head as he faced a Chaguanas magistrate to answer to several charges of shooting to endanger the lives of three persons, one of whom is a minor, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
“I have received information that the candidate for Morvant of the ILP is a double deportee from the United States,” said Moonilal. “He has been deported not once...but twice!”
Moonilal said Bucchan had committed a firearms offence in the US in 2008, for which he was later deported yet later illegally returned to the US only to be arrested a second time for firearms and narcotics offences and illegal entry into the US. He was deported a second time.
“These are the candidates that the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) is bringing for you and your children,” Moonilal said. He noted with amazement that in the face of the past deportations from the US and pending criminal charges in the local courts, Bucchan’s name is still on the ballot-paper as an ILP candidate for the October 21 local election.
He warned that should Bucchan win, he could be in line to become chairman of that corporation.
Moonilal alleged that other ILP candidates are tainted by criminality, including one person for whom the police now have an arrest warrant out.
He said one candidate was fired from a casino for theft, another was fired from Republic Bank for fraud, one is subject of a police warrant and another is before the courts charged with larceny and robbery with violence and who is known to the police for matters involving kindapping and drug-offences.
“They have a warrant for a candidate so it’s not only the voters looking for him...the police are looking for him too,” Moonilal quipped.
“These are the quality of candidates the ILP is bringing. They will come by your doorstep, but when the sun goes down, don’t open that gate,” he warned.
“When they come by your gate with their manifesto, you must ask for their police certificate of good character,” Moonilal said.
He said the ILP slate risks the possible criminalisation of the political structure. “Countries collapse when criminals are elected,” said Moonilal.
“Tonight I call on Jack Warner to withdraw those candidates with criminal records,” Moonilal said.
He urged ILP chairman Robin Montano to distance his “distinguished family name” from that party.
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath earlier warned voters that despite the glitzy advertising and walkabout, the ILP amounts to one person — interim leader and Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner, who will be 72 by the time of the next general election in 2015. (SEE PAGE 18A)
“God forbid something happens to Mr Warner, who is going to lead the ILP? This is a 70-year-old man, 72 by 2015 and there is only so much that he can do. If you join the ILP all you will be doing is putting the PNM back into office,” Bharath warned.
Bharath urged listeners to protect what they had built in the party. “To those who may have left the UNC temporarily we say, ‘come back!”, ‘come back home to where you belong!”