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Fabien questions qualification for government contracts
Errol Fabien, independent candidate in tomorrow’s St Joseph by-election, says when Cepep contractors who received their contracts by virtue of party affiliation or in election campaigning lose their contracts when a different government comes into power this is a recipe for breeding gangs and gang wars.
He was speaking after leading his small group of supporters in a silent procession that began with a candlelight vigil and interfaith service from the San Juan promenade along the Eastern Main Road to the First Capital Park, St Joseph, on Friday night. Fabien said, “In my walks I was met by some Cepep contractors, present ones who earned their contracts by virtue of owning a party card or having worked the ground in an election.
“These contracts they will only hold if their party is in power, if the party goes into opposition they lose their contracts and different people who earn their contracts in a like manner will now have the contracts. “That cannot be the qualification for government contracts.
“That is a sure recipe for breeding gangs and gang wars.” He said there had been a hue and cry over the works undertaken by the United National Congress (UNC) candidate Ian Alleyne within the constituency over the time of the campaign.
Fabien said he was not angry but was very happy to find that the sitting Government was doing its job. He said that was the reason why the people elected it in the first place. Fabien said whether it was an attempt to fool the people at election time, or sone in a structured and organised manner, the people just wanted the job done and not fuel the “gimme gimme eat ah food syndrome.”
Also lending their support and solidarity to Fabien were members of the Save Our Green Space Committee, Tacarigua, and MSJ leader David Abdulah.
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