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Ministers in ‘secret talks’ with Jack

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Ashworth Jack

Seven Government Ministers, including National Security Minister and UNC chairman Jack Warner, were in Tobago yesterday for a meeting with political leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP), Ashworth Jack.



The meeting took place at the Coco Reef Resort in Crown Point under a high degree of secrecy, and included Ministers Warner, Suruj Rambachan, Dr Roodal Moonilal, Vasant Barath, Ganga Singh, Kevin Ramnarine and Dr Delmon Baker. Caribbean Airlines chairman, Rabindra Moonan, also attended.


Guardian Media Limited was tipped off on the meeting by a source, who made it clear the ministers were there to meet Jack.


As TOP candidate for Roxborough/Delaford, Dr Anselm Richards, was on his way out just before 4 pm, he asked why GML was heading to the hotel. Singh, who was in the car park, told GML he was in Tobago specifically for the start of construction of a pipeline from Bacolet to Signal Hill. When asked if the meeting had ended he said, “I tend to keep out of the political stuff.”


Warner referred all comments to Moonilal, who said the meeting was mainly to address issues of governance. “There are several ministers whose responsibilities involve specific projects in Tobago and the ministers will often meet with the Minister for Tobago Development, Dr Delmon Baker,” he said.


“Dr Baker, as you know, is involved in the campaign in Tobago now, so that a couple ministers with outstanding business related to the Ministry of Tobago Development decided that instead of Mr Baker coming to Port-of-Spain to conduct our regular meetings, we decided to come across to Tobago to spend a few hours and conduct the meeting here instead.”


Staff at the hotel confirmed Jack was at the hotel, but Moonilal denied meeting him to discuss issues of the THA campaign. “No we have not discussed those matters. Those are matters that the TOP in Tobago are working on,” he said.


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