During his Republic Day address last year, President Anthony Carmona used a phrase that immediately became part of this country’s lexicon. That term was “armchair journalist.”
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‘I am not trembling in my shoes’
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner says he was not bothered by moves by the Integrity Commission to have President Anthony Carmona appoint a tribunal to investigate allegations of fraud he allegedly committed during his tenure as Concacaf president and FIFA vice-president.
Warner told reporters outside the Tower D, Waterfront Centre, Port-of-Spain, yesterday, there were “murders, crime, emailgate, drug bust (and) if the Integerity Commission want to spend taxpayers’ money to find out about FIFA and Concacaf business, so be it.” Warner said this latest development “was all part of a persecution mode they are in.” He said there were writs, pre-action protocol letters, negative bloggers and the Integrity Commission all against him.
“Believe me, I am not trembling in my shoes”. Warner said if chairman of the Integrity Commission Kenneth Gordon wanted to be a politician, he should “come to Chaguanas West. Don’t use the Integrity Commission to fight me.”
Earlier, Warner accepted an offer to meet with the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union’s president Ancel Roget next week to discuss the effects of the La Brea oil spill. Roget asked for a meeting with Warner and Leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley to discuss the matter after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar refused to meet with the union officials. Speaking with reporters outside Parliament, Roget said yesterday’s move was another instalment to deal with the crisis at the Petroleum Company of T&T (Petrotrin).
There were 11 oil spills at Petrotrin installations within a 12-day period last December. The major spill at La Brea cost the State more than $11 million. Roget said the company was “in a crisis of management, which resulted in the catastrophe. Thousands of barrels of oil were spilt on the south-western peninsula and the entire coastline.” He said many lives were affected by the incidents and said if the “root cause” were not addressed there was the possibility of it happening again.
He said Petrotrin was not prepared to tell the truth about the spills to the population, and the board should have been fired last month. The date and venue for the meeting with Rowley and Warner are to be confirmed.