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Volney going into construction
Fired from his political post as Justice Minister and Member of Parliament for St Joseph, Herbert Volney has turned to a most unlikely profession to earn a living, construction. The T&T Guardian caught up with Volney at a hardware store in Marabella, where he was shopping for plumbing material for a house he was constructing in the area. Volney, who left the Bench to contest the 2010 general election under the United National Congress banner, will have to wait for a period of ten years before he can practise his profession.
Having been fired, first from his Cabinet position over the fallout of the Section 34 fiasco, and later from his position as Member of Parliament, his only source of income has been taken away. His firing as MP triggered a November 4 by-election which is being contested by five political parties, including the PP which has put up Crime Show host Ian Alleyne against his one-time co-host and attorney Om Lalla.
The PNM has put up former senator Terrence Deyalsingh, while comedian and former radio talk show host Errol Fabien will contest as an independent and the DNA has put up Micheal Lopez. With no viable employment opportunities available at the moment, Volney said he was now working in the construction sector. He said: “I am trying to rebuild my life, not in the law this time, but in an area for which I have much love which is in building and construction. I am a man of many talents.
“I am on a project right now and as you can see, I am in a hardware store and I am building for the future, so I can have a sustainable income. “As you know, I have a young wife and two boys and I have to prepare for the future and I am doing it, this time on a solid foundation.” He said at the moment he was assisting a contractor in the construction of a house in South.
Asked if he missed political life, Volney said: “Absolutely not. I am glad to be out of it.” He said things happened for a reason. He added: “I know there is a God above and that was why things have happened the way they have. We, who are Christians, have to understand, one, God never gives us much more than we can carry and, secondly, that we are all part of the plan that he has for us.
“When things happen in life, we never know but it is because He has another plan for us. I trust in God and I know he has another plan for me that is not in politics.”
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