‘THE PEOPLE’S VOICE’: People’s Partnership candidate for the St Joseph by-election Ian Alleyne
Alleyne ‘shocked’ UNC picked him
...knocked on PNM’s door, considered ILP
Sue-Ann Wayow email@example.com
THE United National Congress’ candidate for St Joseph Ian Alleyne is alleging that he has documents which prove that deputy political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Anna Deonarine was involved in the importation of a Range Rover that turned out to be stolen.
Alleyne showed up at the UNC’s local government campaign meeting in Princes Town on Tuesday, sharing out copies of a document which bore the name D&I Management Services.
Deonarine is the director and corporate secretary of the company, said Alleyne. The company’s name is attached to an application, made in 2009, for a licence to import the Range Rover into Trinidad.
On Sunday night, Deonarine, in response to an article carried in the Sunday Guardian, gave a detailed account of how she came to be in possession of the vehicle.
She said the Range Rover was already on the port of Port of Spain, when the financial transactions began to acquire the vehicle.
However, Alleyne said that after he heard Deonarine’s explanation, he started an investigation and received information from certain persons.
The information, according to documents obtained by the Express yesterday, is a copy of the official police file into the investigation conducted into the theft of Range Rover PCM 1100.
Alleyne read from the documents including the import licence dated 2009. The vehicle was seized by police in November 2011 after the London Metropolitan Police wrote to local police about an international car-stealing racket involving high-end luxury vehicles, where vehicles were being stolen in London and shipped to Trinidad and Tobago for sale.
Alleyne also explained why he decided to run as a candidate for the St Joseph by-election. The main reason, he said, was that he needed a platform.
“I want to get in the dance, I want to go on a platform to express your views and your voice. The people of Trinidad and Tobago, you need a platform. I am your voice. What you need, you get,” he said.
Alleyne said he knocked on the doors of the People’s National Movement (PNM) and even considered asking the ILP but it was the People’s Partnership that accepted him even though he devoted much of his time to “stinking up their names”.
Alleyne said he “put his tail between his legs” when he showed up for screening at Rienzi Complex in Couva, facing the same persons who he had bad-mouthed.
He said he was so ashamed that he could not even look at some of them in their faces especially Works Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan.
After the screening he said to himself “they will never call me”.
He said he was shocked to receive a phone call at 3 a.m. the next morning informing him that he was selected as the candidate.
He said he was even more shocked that the People’s Partnership trusted him enough to talk on Monday’s platform at Fyzabad, giving his maiden speech as candidate, without asking him what he was going to speak about.
Alleyne asked, “Ladies and gentlemen, if that is not democracy, what do you call that?”