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Giving voice to the homeless
Two days after being elected San Fernando mayor, Kazim Hosein was sitting and chatting with homeless people on Harris Promenade. “I want to listen to the people, all of them,” said Hosein in a telephone interview yesterday. He said he decided to speak with them and get a first-hand view of what was going on with them. At the end of his visit, he would have met approximately 23 homeless people. “I got there around 7 am...What I gather from speaking to them is that they need some kind of rehabilitation,” Hosein said. “A few of them said they are working as security officers at Court Shamrock (the home for socially-displaced people in San Fernando). Some of them drinking bay rum and we need to do something to help them.”
He said none of them was hostile to him. Hosein, a former councillor, said he also intend to recommend to the council to revert to the old traffic arrangement in relation to Penitence Street.
“The traffic situation is really terrible. I know everyone who comes in say the same thing but I want to get the traffic hub going and make sure it is implemented,” he said. “The relocation of certain taxi stands after consultation with the drivers is another measure he was contemplating to ease the traffic situation.” Another priority on his list is infrastructure. “We have plenty infrastructure work to do.”
One of the major issues, he says, is Skinner Park which is used to host sports and cultural events. However, several people have complained that the park has become run down because of lack of maintenance. Several projects started by his predecessor Dr Navi Muradali will continue, Hosein said. Apart from listening to the people, Hosein, whose father Rakeeb Hosein also served as a mayor in San Fernando, said he will also be directed by God. In this regard, Hosein, a member of the Mucurapo Street Asja Mosque, said he intends to host a grand interfaith service at the Southern Academy for Performing Arts very soon.
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