WORKS Minister Suruj Rambachan said yesterday he has filed a statement of claim against his former colleague, Independent Liberal Party (ILP) leader, Jack Warner, who on Thursday again unleashed a torrent of accusations of corruption against him.
Warner, on the platform at a public meeting in Montrose, Chaguanas, on Thursday night, belted out claim after claim that Rambachan has exercised corrupt practices in different public positions that he, Rambachan, has held.
Prior to his current portfolio, Rambachan served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and in 2009, was ousted as Mayor of Chaguanas by Warner, who placed Natasha Navas in the seat.
Warner has now accused Rambachan of abusing his position as mayor to get employment for friends and relatives, including his, Rambachan’s, son.
Rambachan told i95 FM yesterday that in addition to filing a statement of claim against Warner, he has sought a copy of Warner’s speech at Montrose from the Telecommunication Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), which he will use for “a similar course of action”.
Warner, who spoke for over an hour at Montrose Junction, said “cabalist Rambachan” has “a history of nepotism in office”.
He said Rambachan, during his time at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, had “a very good relationship” with a female accountant and subsequently gave contracts to the woman’s sons to supply equipment to the corporation’s offices.
Warner claimed the same team is now supplying equipment to the Ministry of Works, while the accountant has also moved to the ministry.
The allegations did not stop there.
Warner went on to say that 12 years ago, Rambachan acquired a lease for three acres of land that belonged to Caroni (1975) Ltd, that was listed as industrial land, at Factory Road in Orange Grove, Piarco, by dubious means.
He alleged that Rambachan was untruthful to his Cabinet colleague, then Food Production minister, Vasant Bharath, and convinced Bharath to ask the Finance and General Purpose Committee of Cabinet change the designation of the land to “commercial”.