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San Juan residents tell Alleyne: Keep on performing
Forget the People’s National Movement (PNM) and continue helping people. That was the unanimous view of San Juan residents who met United National Congress (UNC) St Joseph candidate Ian Alleyne on a walkabout yesterday and who declared he shouldn’t be distracted by the PNM’s grousing about his delivery of work. A number of residents spoke during Alleyne’s walkabout in the Bushe Street/Maitagual area, where the PNM’s candidate had walked on Tuesday. The PNM has asked the Integrity Commission to determine if Alleyene’s conduct contravened the Integrity in Public Life Act. The PNM said delivery of work by Alleyne was being done to win Monday’s St Joseph by-election. The ILP has echoed the complaint.
An official from the commission yesterday pointed out that Alleyne wasn’t elected and therefore wasn’t a person in public life. Alleyne, on the walkabout, denied the PNM/ILP’s complaint and the description of him as a “middleman.” “I have no dealings with contractors or own no contracting firm,” he said. “Everywhere on my walkabouts I’ve heard residents’ concerns, some of them decades old. I merely take their complaints and relay it to ministries. The only thing I’m guilty of is performing on behalf of the people. “When I did Crime Watch I didn’t take no for an answer and that’s the same approach I use in this undertaking, and no, I don’t need a party card for this. The projects these communities are appealing about have languished for 20 years. This isn’t an election gimmick. The PNM had their opportunity, yet Mt Lambert locations lack water after 20 years.” Alleyne said he didn’t need an MP’s salary and if elected would seek a standing order for the money to be given to St Joseph organisations. “I don’t want a cent, I’d give it back to the people,” he said.
While he couldn’t say what might happen to the work if he didn’t win, Alleyne said he would try and ensure it was done whatever happened on Monday. “The people of St Joseph will remember me, win lose or draw. I’m not here to say, ‘Vote for me’, I’m here to say, ‘I’m here to ask what I can do for you now.’ If elected, neither the Opposition PNM or ILP can do anything for people in their current unempowered position.” On the walkabout, Valery Paul who embraced Alleyne enthusiastically, said: “I’m voting for a performer—don’t bother with them in the PNM. Doh bother with them. He should do what he’s doing and don’t wait for nobody. Just go and do what he’s doing. “I’ve lived here for 25 years and I know what I’m saying.”
Hugh Arnold, who said he was one of the PNM’s ground troops, said: “Right now I’m very uncomfortable with this PNM. That man, the PNM candidate, what’s his name...I don’t know his name...Deyalsingh—he just pass through the area and ignore everybody. So right now, I wouldn’t lie, I have this (ILP) pin in my pocket—let me show you—and I told Mr Alleyne, so I’m very undecided now. “But Alleyne shouldn’t stop doing what he doing for the people. What the PNM trying is just politics. But I have a family of four to feed so I’m talking to everybody right now.”
Alleyne made on-the spot phone calls to assist Alicia Clarke and Ricardo de Pieza, who showed him a huge sinkhole behind their shop. Clarke said, “He shouldn’t take on PNM. We need a lotta, lotta work done in the area, particularly drainage. A community centre has been outstanding for ten years. People shouldn’t stop him from helping us.”
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