Jerlean John, UNC candidate for La Horquetta/ Talparo looks on as workmen offload a stove from a truck yesterday as part of her flood relief effort for affected residents of La Horquetta.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has accused the UNC of giving out 'truckloads of fridges, stoves, washing machines and microwaves' to the electorate, thereby 'corrupting the election process'.

Addressing a virtual meeting in La Brea on Tuesday night, Rowley said: 'All I could say to the people of Trinidad and Tobago-take the fridges, take the stove, take the microwave, take it all. Because that is being brought for you from the money that they took from you that they using to get your vote. And the only thing you have to do after you have taken whatever they offer you, go and vote solidly for the People's National Movement.'

'They calling for observers, playing potential victim as though something will go against them when, in fact, they are the ones corrupting the election process. If the observers were here tonight, they would see the truckloads of appliances being delivered by a political party. I would have loved to have heard what they had to say about that,' he said.

The prime minister said he had an abiding faith in the people. 'You could ask a simple question and answer it yourself. Where this money coming from for you (the UNC) to give me a fridge and a stove? You (the UNC) so love me? And if you giving me a fridge and a stove, what you taking for yourself?' he said.

Common cause with criminals

The prime minister said the UNC had found common cause with the criminal element. 'Yuh know what the criminals saying now? They are taking the large amount of old ($100) bills that the UNC is handing out... Remember when this Government changed the bills, almost half a billion dollars didn't come back? Let me tell you what is happening to that money now. They (the UNC) are giving it to people, not all of whom are operating within the law, and... they are telling these people when they come into government, they will change the law to make those bills legal tender again.

'We in the PNM tief nothing. We have no fridge and no stove to give yuh. What we have to give you is solid good governance for you, your children and your grandchildren... So when yuh see them coming with they truckload of goods, yuh start to hum this tune, 'Hark, hark the dogs do bark, the thieves are coming to town'.'


THE Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force military uniform is one which is quite distinctive, and what was shown in a video recording and photo by the Sunday Express yesterday, is not military attire.

So says retired Major General Ralph Brown in an interview with the Express yesterday.

Brown was responding to questions from the Express about the procedure used by the military, when choosing soldiers to assist the T&T Police Service, in exercises and the attire of these soldiers.

IT was a soldier, not a policeman.

And an investigation will be launched to determine whether the member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) committed any criminal act following the release of video footage showing an officer secretly pocketing an envelope during a raid in La Horquetta last week where $22 million in cash was seized from Drugs Sou Sou (DSS).

A captain and the majority of the crew on board the oil and chemical tanker Star Balboa have contracted the Covid-19 virus.

Attorneys are claiming that local law enforcement infected the crew as scores of them have been on board conducting searches of the ship for narcotics. However, to date nothing has been found.

THE National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) has announced a nine-night television and social media event to replace this year’s Divali Nagar.

Divali Nagar 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Yaadein, the virtual event, will begin on November 5 and continue until the night before Divali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal will not be vying for leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) when internal elections are held.

Vasant Bharath is however likely to challenge incumbent political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar as he said he will be considering throwing his hat in the ring.

UNC leadership and national executive elections are due by November 2020.

No official date has been set yet.