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PM ends Life Sport programme
The Life Sport programme has been terminated by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The final report on the long-awaited audit into the controversial Life Sport programme was laid in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar this afternoon.
Read the full report here: http://tinyurl.com/LifeSportAudit.
The conclusion of the report states: "From the review it is clear that the Life Sport programme has a number of irregularities judging from the widespread absenteeism, absence of proper procurement practices, overpayment for goods and services and possible criminal activities ranging from fraud (where money has been invoiced and paid but goods and services not supplied) to theft and possible breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act. In addition, statements from members of the Police Service with whom the auditors interacted during the audit of the programme suggest that there may be criminal elements in positions of supervision and coordination within the programme.
Given the substantial breaches identified, it is recommended that this matter be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the relevant law enforcement agencies."
Persad-Bissessar did not comment on the political future of Sport Minister Anil Roberts.