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Volney goes green, knocks SIS contract
Former justice minister Herbert Volney says the $36 million contract awarded to Super Industrial Services (SIS) to supply buses to the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) was not above board and should be halted immediately. Volney made the comment in an interview with the T&T Guardian yesterday, after becoming the newest member of Jack Warner’s Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
He said when he was informed of the contract and read Transport Minister Chandresh Sharma’s comments, and “recalled the consultations two of my constituents, who were part of the bidding process, had with me.” Consequently, he said, he was “able to say without fear of contradiction that the procurement process is not above board, should be stopped and it shows the corruption that needs to be exposed.”
After being sacked almost a year ago for misleading the Cabinet about aspects of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Bill 2011, Volney said: “It is a good day for me finally to break from my independent status and to join the ILP.” Volney, a former judge, said the ILP was “the appropriate vessel and forum to attack the corruption of this (PP) Government and to see it out of office.”
Asked what advice he would give Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Volney said he would tell her to get rid of the parasitic cabal that surrounded her and gave her bad advice. That was the only way Persad-Bissessar could save her legacy as the first female prime minister of T&T, he said.
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