NATIONAL Security Minister Jack Warner yesterday again refused to comment on the evidence released by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he had US$1 million at his Concacaf office that he used as gifts for Caribbean Football Union heads ahead of last year's FIFA presidential elections.
The court, in its 56-page ruling, also noted that Warner had a secret US dollar account into which Warner mixed personal and football funds.
Warner, instead, criticised Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and People's National Movement (PNM) Senator Fitzgerald Hinds, who wrote to the Integrity Commission on Wednesday, asking that reports of Warner's bank account be investigated.
Warner said Rowley would never become Prime Minister, and he had a surprise in store for Hinds.
Speaking with reporters at the launch of a river dredging machine in Felicity yesterday, Warner said, "I don't think that is anybody business. If they (FIFA) want to write and if they want to, they ask me, I will answer. If you want to write, you write and ask the Integrity Commission. I am not prepared to answer anything on football. FIFA has spoken, the courts have spoken. And I am finished with football. I have work to do here."
Warner added, "FIFA is not a country, (and) it is not a constituency. I do not know how that even come about, so do not ask me that, please. I am finished talking about FIFA and football. Ask me about politics; ask me about the Government, constituency, the dredge out there."
However, Warner, the former Works and Infrastructure minister, could give no information on the cost of the dredging project, saying he was leaving that for the relevant ministry.
Warner and Minister of Environment and Water Resources Ganga Singh were due to launch the machine at the Madame Espaniol River in Cacandee Road, Felicity. However, Singh, the acting Attorney General, failed to show.
Warner said the days for backhoes were long gone, and the experiment (the dredger) would be spread throughout the country.
Managing director of General Maintenance and Services Ltd (GMS) Amzard Karim said the machinery, to be used for flood mitigation, cost $10 million, including taxes.
He said, "After the demonstration and the stuff the machine can do, with flood mitigation and flood prevention, I am hoping to get a contract. Several contracts, maybe. I have to stick with it. If not, I may have to do some pro-bono work or send it up the islands."
Councillor for Charlieville Felicia Isahak welcomed the idea and said it would make a difference to fishermen going to and from the Gulf of Paria, who often have to "get out of their pirogues and push" the boats across the mud banks.