Friday, February 23, 2018

Moonilal: Another deportee in the ILP


BLOWING HER support: A supporter of the People's Partnership during the coalition party's meeting at Debe on Friday night. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

Mark Fraser

DEPUTY Leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Roodal Moonilal has claimed that a second candidate from the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) for the upcoming local government elections is a deportee.

Moonilal told UNC supporters during a political meeting in Debe on Friday night that the candidate had been selected to represent the electoral district of Fifth Company in the Princes Town Regional Corporation.

“I want to tell you that our information is, and I challenge (ILP interim leader Jack) Warner and that party to tell us, our information is that he is a deportee as well from Canada.”

Moonilal also claimed that the candidate served time in jail.

“They put him in Fifth Company to run as the candidate for you and your family. Then he puts on the electoral application form for EBC (that) he is living 471 Lengua Road. When we checked down there, the houses stop at 415,” Moonilal said.

The Sunday Express made attempts to locate the candidate yesterday but was unsuccessful.

ILP coordinator for the Princes Town area Subhas Panday denied claims that the candidate was a deportee and said Moonilal made the statement to attack the candidate's character.

In the past, Moonilal claimed that ILP candidate for Morvant area in the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation Kerwin Bucchan was a “double deportee”.

Bucchan who was granted bail last week on recent charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition and shooting with intent remains the candidate for the area for the October 21 elections.

On Friday Moonilal also made claims about the ILP's representative in Thursday's debate organised by the Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission (TTDC). Moonilal asked whether he was the same person who had been convicted before this country's courts.

Moonilal also said some of the candidates were featured in ILP newspaper advertisements but had not been registered with the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was also at the meeting and spoke about several road projects undertaken by the government.

Persad-Bissessar who yesterday opened the interchange at Grand Bazaar, told supporters on Friday night that the opening of roads in different areas will help the economy.

“As we open that Grand Bazaar interchange, next week we will begin work on the Valencia by-pass for easing traffic there. Right now work is ongoing on the Diego Martin Highway. Why do we need all these roads? I come back again, we must grow the economy. If you grow the economy, roadways must open. Do you know what is the price of land in Debe here because of that (Penal) highway? The prices have just gone up ... because once you have good roads, your property becomes valuable,” she said.

She said such projects also lead to less traffic, less wear and tear on cars, money is saved and people could get to their jobs on time.

Persad-Bissessar spoke to mothers at the meeting telling them they were the unsung national heroes who managed their families' needs through compassion.

“When the PNM says my leadership is wrong that my leadership is bad, I take it seriously, it troubles me because it is an attack on the good families that we have inherited and the leadership we got from our parents and from their mothers ... Mothers all keep us strong. You hold the nation in your hand ... You hold the future of our children of our county in your hand ...  Any attack on me is an attack on you mothers of the land. I will defend you today, tomorrow and to my last breath. We must continue to build,” she said.

Both Persad-Bissessar and Moonilal welcomed back to the party former candidate for the PNM Indar Jairaj who was present along with the other candidates vying to form part of the area's regional corporation.