Moonilal uncovers another deportee
Sunday, October 13 2013
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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets Parbatee Dwarika of Picton Village, Debe and other supporters at a United National Congress (UNC) politic...
IT was a night of bombshells and promises of more to come from the platform of the United National Congress (UNC) as the October 21 Local Government elections draws near.
UNC’s deputy political leader Dr Roodal Moonilal revealed at the UNC meeting in Debe Junction, Penal, Friday night, that yet another opposing candidate in the Local Government elections may have to opt out of the race, if it turns out that the candidate was deported from Canada.
Addressing supporters, the Housing and Urban Development minister said the candidate represents a certain political party (name called) and was deported from Canada after being found guilty of assault. He said the candidate gave a fictitious address to the Elections and Boundaries Commission in filing his nomination papers.
Two weeks ago, Independent Liberal Party candidate for San Juan/Morvant, Kerwin Bucchan, was charged with possession of a firearm, ammunition and shooting with intent. Moonilal revealed that Bucchan who has since withdrawn from the October 21 elections, was twice deported from the United States.
Addressing the crowd in Debe, Moonilal fired another salvo at opposing candidates to the People’s Partnership (PP) incumbents and prospective councilors before a crowd sporting yellow party flags, banners and T-shirts. He said the particular candidate gave his address and house number to the EBC, but checks revealed that the house did not exist.
“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight I want to tell you about a candidate (name called). He gave his address to the EBC as 471 Lengua Road. You know, there are no houses after No 415. That number house, 471, does not exist. People have checked….and houses along that road do not go beyond 415….maybe you might find a latrine (outhouse)…you might find him in the basement,” he said.
Moonilal said investigations have revealed that the particular candidate was deported from Canada after serving a jail sentence for assault and promised to give more details about the deportation at the party’s next political meeting on Wednesday.
Also at the meeting, People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate Indar Jairaj, who filed nomination papers to contest the elections for the municipal district of Barrackpore West in the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, was introduced on the UNC platform.
Jairaj told the crowd he withdrew his nomination as the PNM candidate because he was satisfied the PP government met the demands of people in Penal and Barrackpore.
Wearing a yellow UNC shirt, Jairaj announced to thunderous applause that he withdrew last week Tuesday, “because I am satisfied that people have gotten their box drains, their roads paved, pavilion built and bridges”.
He vowed to campaign against the PNM in Barrackpore West and speaking to the Sunday Newsday afterwards, said:
“I went up as the PNM candidate because I thought I could make better representation. But when I drove around Penal and Barrackpore, I see the paved roads and recreation grounds so well grooved. I say to myself, ‘this Government has performed.”
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the feature speaker at the event, told supporters to vote on the basis of performance of the PP government, saying that in the two and a half years in power, Government has repaired/constructed 14 primary schools, 24 early childhood centres and seven secondary schools.
She ended by saying that while the other political parties in the race check the criminal record of their candidates, the PP government speaks of a track record in governance.