There were fireworks at the TV6 town meeting on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain, on Thursday night, as former government minister Jack Warner accused Planning Minister Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie of failing to pay a contractor.
TV6 Morning Edition host Fazeer Mohammed was the moderator at the head table, along with Tewarie, Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) president Gregory Aboud and Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah.
Warner was seated in the front row of the audience, wearing his green Independent Liberal Party (ILP) jersey and cap.
During the session, in which persons can make contributions from the audience, Warner took to the microphone and accused Tewarie of failing to pay a contractor for works completed in Laventille.
Warner said he sat down with Tewarie when he was in Government and discussed the project with him, and he (Tewarie) agreed a recreation court must be built in Laventille.
Warner said Tewarie agreed a basketball court, railings and steps should all be constructed.
“He told me it would come from the East Port of Spain development fund and so on...when time to pay the contractor, he refused...to this day, the persons who paid the contractor is me,” said Warner, inciting “ooohs” from the crowd.
Tewarie rebutted Warner’s statement, saying it was untrue, and yesterday, he came to Parliament to further refute Warner’s claim.
Tewarie not only faced heat from Warner, who put him on the spot at the town meeting, but was booed and shouted at by members of the audience who chastised the Government for ignoring the plight of poor people.
One woman took to the microphone and outlined the horrors she had to endure in caring
for her child with cerebral palsy and the ill treatment she received at the Social Development Ministry when trying to seek assistance.
Another woman spoke of the need to be fair to vendors in the city, and Aboud received boos from the crowd as he tried to respond.