NATIONAL Security Minister Jack Warner said yesterday he was not fazed by attempts to remove him from his ministerial portfolio and was confused as to why so many wanted him gone.
He said the motion filed by vice-chairman of the Congress of the People (COP) Vernon de Lima for his removal, which was defeated during a party executive vote on Sunday, was now a problem for the COP.
Warner spoke with reporters yesterday after attending the launch of the Agriculture Ranger Squad at Carlsen Field near Chaguanas.
"I find it very strange. I don't know anybody in the last few years who has been exposed to the media as I have been. Everybody wants Jack Warner to move and you have to ask yourself why? I have never faced a court anywhere.
"I have never had any time anywhere. Nobody has accused me. I didn't take money from anybody to appear in court for anybody and didn't appear. I never ask for any allegation of any kind and I seriously have been appointed to do a job and some people seem to be very frightened," he said.
"Lawyers feel that their business might be affected if crime goes down. There are those politicians in the opposition who have friends from the other side. They too are concerned and while all of this is happening I have nothing to say. The COP problem...with Vernon de Lima, is a dilemma for the COP, not for me and let them deal with that."
De Lima's motion to have Warner removed from Cabinet, or the COP would disassociate itself from the People's Partnership, failed by a majority vote on Sunday.
However, despite the failure, an amendment to the motion was passed that called for Warner's removal. Warner said yesterday that despite the numerous murders recently there will be a "dent in crime".
"I am not for one moment becoming pessimistic about the last few days. We are going to have a higher patrol. We shall be installing measures from time to time without any fanfare which at the end of the day I can give you and the people the assurance that you shall see very active measures out in place to reduce crime," he said.
According to the Crime and Problem Analysis Branch of the Police Service, there have been 97 murders recorded in Trinidad and Tobago since Warner was appointed National Security Minister on June 22. During a comparative period in 2011, there were 84 murders recorded.
Warner said: "The good news is that the anti-crime fighting measures, they have now been completed. They are now being packaged to be sent to the Prime Minister this week and they shall be sent to the National Security Council next week."
One of the measures the Government has implemented to fight crime is the use of the Ranger Squad to assist with the reduction of praedial larceny.
Warner said even though there will never be enough rangers to assist all farmers in protecting their crops and animals, the work of the rangers will be able to bring a reduction to praedial larceny offences.
Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj, said praedial larceny was the "single most discouraging aspect" of agriculture.