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“What?” She frustratingly retorted.
Southern Division Police say an investigation has been launched into an incident in which members of the Highway Re-route Movement (HRM) hung a tyre on a gate of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s Philippine home last month. Snr Supt Cecil Santana confirmed a report had been made and that they were probing the incident.
Members of the Defence Force and the Special Branch Unit stationed at the residence are assisting with the probe and investigators are expected to meet with members of the HRM soon. The incident, which was labelled as “tyre diplomacy” by HRM leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh, was one of the group’s actions as a protest against work on the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the $7.2 billion Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.
On January 28, the tyre, which was tied to the gate with a red piece of cloth, was the HRM’s way of awarding Persad-Bissessar a “badge of shame” for what it said was “misconduct in public office.” Kublalsingh said the PM was guilty of misconduct by not adhering to a report compiled by former Independent senator James Armstrong and a group of 17 experts which called for further studies to be done on the Oropouche Lagoon before building the disputed segment of the highway.