Rowley sends cheque stubs to Ag CoP
By JULIEN NEAVES Wednesday, August 6 2014
CHEQUE stubs from stipend payments in the controversial Life Sport Programme that were reportedly found in garbage bags on their way to the Beetham Dump have been delivered to the office of Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, reported Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
Speaking with Newsday in a telephone interview he said he had instructed his staff to send the stubs to the police with attention to Life Sport investigator, Assistant Commissioner of Police Carlton Alleyne.
Rowley’s communication specialist, Arlene Goring-George reported that the stubs were delivered to the Police Administration Building yesterday morning by their driver/messenger.
She could not recall how many stubs were included, but noted the cheques were itemised in the letter with cheque number, amount and name.
Police officials reported yesterday that they had not yet received the stubs. Rowley presented a sample of the stubs on Monday during a media conference at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre.
He said the stubs had their dates changed from June 2015 to June, 2014 and the fact that they were all together was evidence of “ghosting” in the programme.
He described the fact that they were in garbage bags as showing an attempt by someone to destroy evidence. He reported that a garbage collector found an envelope with the stubs in a garbage bag and passed it on to the Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM).
During the media conference, Rowley also raised the issue of the planned rebranding of the Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme or “Food Card” as the Rights of Individuals to Social and Economic Security — Universal Prosperity (RISE UP) programme and alleged that Government would use this rebranding for electioneering.
Yesterday, he reported the Cabinet note would be forwarded to the Integrity Commission by this week. He said the plan to use the programme for “party sloganeering” was “clearly meant to bring about manipulation and advantage” in the 2015 general election. He also noted that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in her portfolio as Minister of the People and Social Development, had chosen one hundred liaison officers for the programme who will be “handpicked activists”.
He described the rebranding as “questionable” and noted the Food Card programme, which begun under the previous PNM administration, had been well known for the past eight years.