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Ramadhar wades into Jack over firetruck issue
“Watch your back with Jack”. That was the catchphrase of Congress of the People leader Prakash Ramadhar at Friday night’s launch of the party’s local government elections campaign. Ramadhar arrived at the rally at Constantine Park, Tunapuna, around 8.30 pm after party chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan spoke and just in time to take the stage.
Ramadhar told the crowd that the time had come to take off the gloves and “throw some cuff” on Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner. He revisited the multi-million dollar wrecking for a firetruck issue, laying the responsibility squarely on Warner’s shoulders. “You know my friends, I don’t like to buss mark, but I like to speak the truth,” he said. Ramadhar said the $6.4 million was paid upon Cabinet approval but called on Warner to tell the nation his role in the issue.
“Because he complaining everybody corrupt, everybody do wrong thing and he ducking and hiding as if he did not participate in these things, but it is about time that the truth is told,” he said. Ramadhar said they were not told the equipment was a water truck but was led to believe it was a fire tender that had crashed. He said he knows now that the total cost of the truck was between $2 to $3 million but was told then that it cost more than $56 million.
“...It may sound foolish now that we agreed, but we did not know at the time that it was a water tank on wheels,” Ramadhar said. “Every single day is something, but I ain’t going there tonight,” he said, mocking Warner’s refrain on the ILP platform. “We are unafraid of you,” Ramadhar said. Seepersad-Bachan also targeted Warner during her presentation. She said while he was seen as a “doer” and a performer, what did he “do” for the people of Haiti, the local footballers and the “fake firetruck.”
“Yes, Jack certainly gets things done,” she said. She said she appereciated the energy of ILP supporters and it motivated COP supporters more. “I applaud the enthusiasm of the supporters. I applaud them for lighting a fire underneath this party—the pressure they have put on us to explain not only what we have done but what we are all about,” she said. Several attempts to contact Warner yesterday were unsuccessful. Call to his cell phone went straight to voice message.
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