SPORT Minister Anil Roberts last Friday outlined to the Lower House the intricacy of a land deal involving the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), which he said was aimed at benefitting the son of a former Cabinet minister of the People's National Movement (PNM).
Roberts said the THA bought three acres of land for $12 million from a company called Dankett Ltd. "Guess what? Two of the directors of Dankett Ltd are Joseph Rahael, son of John Rahael; and Anthony Rahael, brother of John Rahael," Roberts said during debate on the 2012/2013 budget.
Roberts said John Rahael was Rowley's choice to become chairman of the PNM.
Rahael was also a former Cabinet minister in the Patrick Manning-led PNM.
Roberts said six days after the THA bought the three acres of land from Dankett Ltd, the land was leased to MILSHIRV Properties Ltd for 199 years at $10 a year.
Joseph Rahael is a director at MILSHIRV Properties Ltd, Roberts said.
Amera Caribbean Development Ltd, another company in which Joseph Rahael is a director, provided a design for the construction of a building at the land for a cost of $1.2 million a month for the next 20 years.
"Allyuh feel it bad, it gets worse," Roberts said.
"Lo and behold, the THA agreed to pay 18 months upfront, $21.64 million put in a First Citizens account," Roberts said.
The Opposition PNM Members of Parliament did not respond to Roberts while he was outlining the land deal.
"You see how quiet allyuh get, now that is what I like," Roberts said.
Roberts said Tobago is the last piece of the country the PNM still controls.
"This is what they doing in Tobago," Roberts said, to desk-thumping in Parliament.
Neither John Rahael nor Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Orville London could be reached yesterday for an official comment on the matter.