Don’t disadvantage the poor and middle class.
That was the Opposition’s appeal to Government yesterday on the eve of today’s 2017 budget delivery.
A special team of investigators, appointed by acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to probe alleged death threats made against senior Life Sport officials, is yet to complete its enquiries. Senior police said yesterday that the team, which includes Special Branch officers, was still pursuing several leads into the death threats made to the deputy director of Physical Education and Sports in the Ministry of Sport, Ruth Marchan, and director of Life Sport Cornelius Price. Once the enquiries are completed, a file will be sent to Williams.
Williams could not be reached for comment yesterday, as calls to his cell phone went unanswered. Since the threats were reported, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Ashwin Creed, had fled the country because of receiving a death threat. Creed also did not answer his cell phone. The programme has since been moved from the Ministry of Sport to the Ministry of National Security.
An audit mandated by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is currently in progress and Minister of Finance Larry Howai said the audit might take a few more weeks. Contacted yesterday, National Security Minister Gary Griffith said he did not wish to comment until the audit was completed, but said he would transform the programme and present more developmental opportunities for youths.