Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh says his driver has confessed to being part of a “diabolical ploy” to read from a script meant to tarnish his reputation and character.
He also said his driver’s life was under threat.
Ramadharsingh made the comments during a press conference yesterday at the Ministry’s office on Independence Square, Port of Spain.
The Minister was responding to allegations made by interim political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner, that a Government Minister who could not even buy two doubles before the 2010 general election, now owned six houses.
Warner did not name the Minister at a meeting on July 23 in the lead-up to the Chaguanas West by-election.
Ramadharsingh had labelled the allegations as “baseless”.
Accompanied by his three drivers yesterday, Ramadharsingh said: “These three people have driven me over the last three years. One of them has been a victim of a most despicable ploy. He is one of my people who drives me in the Ministry from time to time. He is in my employ and became hurt and disappointed. I will have more to say about this as time goes on.
“What is particularly disturbing is this was played out by an allegation his life was under threat and from what he has told me he was asked to read from a script.”
Ramadharsingh said his driver has since “distanced himself from the script”.
As a matter of fact, it was played by an allegation his life was under threat. And now he went on to read from a script and has totally distanced himself from the script...from the scripted ploy to bring inaccurate information and further the baseless allegations that exist.”
Ramadharsingh added the driver had a change of heart.
“He has since come to me and he gave this information to me he cannot be part of this diabolical conspiracy.
“At the time, the person was so traumatised they realised it was untrue for their own selves. I continue to say I welcome any investigation.”
Asked if the driver was reporting the matter to the police, Ramadharsingh said: “The driver has not informed me of any action but they are exploring all of their options. He was told his life was under threat and a series of things that caused him to be very disturbed and asked to read a script.”