...Govt protecting fraudsters, says Warner
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Persons who are accused of falsifying their academic qualifications are not facing the courts for fraud because of their safe ties to the Government, political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner said last night.
“Dispossessed people across our communities are herded off like wild cattle into our prisons while those who falsify their academic credentials are not made to face our justice system for the fraud they have committed due to the closeness to this government,” said Warner.
He was speaking at the ILP’s presentation of local government candidates at Endeavour Lands, Chaguanas, who were introduced by former minister Subhas Panday.
An exclusive Express report found that former acting general manager of Airports Operations at the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) Dayanand Birju’s certificate from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in the United States was a fake.
This was confirmed to the Express by the university.
Warner declared war against the People’s Partnership Government and urged the nation to vote out the coalition which focuses on creating a “handful of billionaires” whilst the rest of the country suffers.
The ILP, he said, will bring about revolutionary change to this country.
He said the 136 local government candidates who will be contesting seats in the 14 municipal corporations on October 21 have all vowed to follow in his footsteps and donate their first month’s salary to a worthy cause in their district.
Since being elected as the MP for Chaguanas West in 2007, Warner has been collecting a salary of $1 and donating the rest. He later reduced it to 50 cents.
Warner was critical of the Government, saying that everyone knows that there is a “warped and mocked morality that has possessed the leadership of this Government”. “The ILP cannot remain silent while the government creates a handful of billionaires through the vulgar allocation of contracts while the rest remains in abject poverty,” he said.
Warner stressed that for the ILP, change was not about exchange.
“The vile and debased acts at both the central and local government levels have left us foaming with rage as leaders who were supposed to be possessed with stern sobriety and truth abandon the spirit of sanity and self-command and abuse us in the most distasteful manner symptomatic of the mental stagnation to which they have descended,” he said.
“Our country no longer can stand or accept the perpetuation of wrong to those who sit close to those who hold the reins of power,” he added.
Warner pledged further that crime will be dealt with and no one will be spared under ILP governance.
Time has come, said Warner, for the country to emancipate itself from the cabal and the COP that lost its way.
“Make October 21, 2013, the sunset of this abusive partnership. Send a strong message to the cabal that their time is at hand,” said Warner.
From as early as 4 p.m the crowd started gathering at the site for the meeting.
A sea of green covered the landscape as jubilant supporters from young to old came in their numbers.
Buses from various municipal districts also brought a number of people who formed various sections of support for candidates who will be contesting the local government elections.
They came bearing huge banners with their candidate’s photo and district of representation.
One man came dressed as a cane farmer wearing a straw hat with what looked like cane stalks in hand.
ILP paraphernalia such as flags, whistle, T-shirts were shared out to all.
The 136 candidates were introduced by the 14 municipal corporations they will be vying for and walked on to the stage with both ILP and national flags in hand as the large crowd roared in support. There was even a character dressed as the green superhero Hulk who came on stage roaring, and in turn received the roars of the crowd.
When he spoke, deputy chairman Robin Montano said he’d received a note from the police stating that 27,000 people had come to the ILP launch. “Trinidad and Tobago, we are going to win,”Montano said.