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By Renuka Singh

Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday counter-accused Diego Martin North East MP Colm Imbert of also using National Security helicopters for private and personal Government business during the People's National Movement (PNM) tenure in office.

"When my friend was Minister of Works, they transported four soca artistes to open an overpass down at Grand Bazaar and he does not want us to remember that," Moonilal said.

Moonilal's statement was in response to Imbert's claims that the Government used National Security helicopters to transport Government-hired performers and Government Ministers to Tobago during the height of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election campaign.

"So today to hear them talk about using helicopter and which soca artist, which chutney artist and which jazz artist; When you open the overpass and you know it wasn't even completed. They spent $5 million for a function, a helicopter arrived and the man they call Bunji arrived by helicopter to entertain people. They used National Security assets," he said.

Moonilal said despite that, the PNM now stood with a "straight face" and talked about using security assets.

He said National Security Minister Jack Warner would elaborate on the issue during his contribution.

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