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Constituents unclear, indifferent

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Confusion over whether or not former Sports Minister Anil Roberts was still the MP for the D’abadie/O’Meara constituency was the dominant feeling among residents yesterday.

Though many had heard from news sources and friends that Roberts’ resignation from his ministerial portfolio had been accepted by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, residents questioned the future of their constituency.

Roberts’ resignation letter to Persad-Bissessar stated that he had resigned as Minister of Sport and as Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/ O’Meara with immediate effect.

Persad-Bissessar, in her statement on Thursday, said she accepted Roberts’ resignation from the ministry. The announcement of his resignation as MP will have to be made in the Parliament by the Speaker of the House. 

Parliament has been prorogued and resumes on Monday.

Dennis Chapman, a resident of Carapo for the past 20 years, said Roberts’ resignation as a minister did not matter to him.

“Even if he resigned as MP, it doesn’t matter. He never did anything for me and the community hasn’t gotten better when he was here.”

Krishna Argnoo, a 55-year-old resident of Carapo, said Roberts had not done anything for the community.

“The majority of things which happened in Carapo, happened on Jokhan trace,” said Argnoo.

Jokhan Trace is where the Carapo mosque is situated.