Manning knocks MPs hiring relatives

Not worthy of public office

By Rhondor Dowlat
April 01, 2016 – guardian.co.tt

Patrick ManningFormer prime minister of T&T Patrick Manning believes that politicians who are guilty of hiring relatives at their respective constituency offices are not worthy of public office.

Manning made a statement via his Facebook page on Wednesday night.

He disclosed that in all his 44 years as a Parliamentarian, he has never employed a family member or relative in his constituency office.

“Nor have I ever had my mother, father or spouse (common-law or legally married) working in my parliamentary office, whether they were paid or unpaid,” Manning stated in the post.

But he failed to mention that he had employed his wife, Hazel Manning, as the minister of education (2001 -2007) and later as minister of local government (2007-2010) during his administration.

Under Manning’s leadership, the PNM suffered a defeat in 2010, and Keith Rowley succeeded him as leader of the People’s National Movement.

In 2012, he suffered a debilitation stroke and has since made significant recovery after bowing out of the political limelight.

In his social media post Manning said that he always sought to engage the people of the PNM constituency structure who worked tirelessly to ensure that he was elected to office. People, he stated, who had a good working knowledge of the needs of the “grassroots” to work with him in his parliamentary office.

“Those who are guilty of these transgressions are unworthy of public office. And as the youth would say it, “nuff said!,” Manning’s post read.
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14 Responses to “Manning knocks MPs hiring relatives”


  • Did he hire his wife? or has his memory been erased by the stroke?

    • LoL…TRUE…

      I NEVER hired any relative in my constituency offices…i made my WIFE a Minister in charge of her own Constituency Offices!…..wayyyyyy different!…
      Mr. Manning’s unspoken reasoning is that Nepotism Openly is not the same as covertly or privately.

  • It is do as I say not as I do.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI7dPQa7mfY

    It’s easy to take some pot shots , at our former PM , re his comments on the trending subject at hand,but then again, the question would be , towards what end? His intentions from what one can glean, were noble, and as such , he should be applauded , rather than derided, by what can only be deemed as haters – especially at this juncture of his life- precarious health , and such , hmmmm?
    The fact of de matter is , that – surprising as this might appear -the T&T that exist today ,is not the one , that existed during PM Manning , Panday, and even Auntie Kamla’s time.
    I am not saying , dat La Trinity is suddenly perfect .Far from it , but objective , much smarter thinkers ,than yours truly, might say , we are heading in the right direction.
    it’s good to see that a high end , loyal Party elite/Minister, as Sistaz Mac , who was accused of some political impropriety, could get fired, and yet this did not result in the usual ugly acrimony , we came to expect in the recent past , that warranted , stupid , media posturing,and worst yet, costly by-elections.
    What do you know ,since our former Minister of Housing , was relived of her Cabinet position, we are having serious- mature introspections, healthy debates, by political figures , on both sides of the isles,as to to their activities ,vis a vis relatives in their respective Constituencies , as well as ways to resolve any possible embarrassing situations, if any still exist…..and ain’t dat so, ,Mr COP/ UNC , Dr Boe Tewarie?
    Lloyd Best , must be turning over in his grave , de Tapia House Guru , and or acclaimed Economist, had such great faith in Dr Boe , Y por que? No se.
    I could be wrong , but ‘me think , ‘dis augurs well, for our Democracy , si?
    Hey, let’s take a peak down memory lane shall we , then juxtapose past activities, and negative fall outs, with that of the Right Honorable Prime Minister.
    1.Back in de day , Pappa Deffy Eric , in a state of fit,once fired ,the bright ,politically ambitious, ANR Robinson, for rummaging in his private room,for heavens knows what, then having the temerity , to sit in the PM big chair ,while fantasizing , on how to topple , de Father of de Nation.
    As a result , Ahhh weee Bouy Robie , embarked on a fervent Tobago Internal Self Government / Independence advocacy , which he only buried , upon the mysterious ,1981 death of Dr Eric, or was it rather , when he Robbie ,as ‘First Amongst Equal , became PM , during a NAR Administration?
    2.Not to be outdone , Basdeo Panday, along with his 3 stooges ,Ramdath , Sudama , Rambachan , and similar political hack/gang-bangers , upon receiving the symbolic middle finger from the astute ANR , took off on an ugly , unpatriotic – neo tribal -Refugee Campaign , and -as some much wiser than me might correctly add – gave tactic support ,to former Horse Police – goal keeper, turned Canadian Educated – Islamist , in Lennox Phillip , aka Yasin Abu Bakr , as the latter aimed in 1990 ,during a revolting Coup attempt , which ended ANR’s political reign, and nearly destroyed our country.
    3.Ever insecure Manning- a geologist , felt threatened by another ambitious geologist- who he not too affectionately referred to as de Tobago Wajang ,and so could not resist the chance to fire him from his government post, on some bogus claim, and the rest we can say , is history.
    Dr KEITH Rowley , did not hesitate to pull out his anti corruption- sledge hammer , and relentlessly attack his then Leader, Patrick Manning , until Kamla ,with the help of Mr fIFA – Jack Warner , was able to topple Patios , or rather, the former PM , was converted into an incoherent, shell of himself ,as a aparapledic .
    4.Kamla fired 13 out of 24 Ministers during her reign, including Jack-FIFA- Warner , former Dominican born Judge Volney,,in addition to uncompromising- lifetime Social activist ,Mama Verna St Rose , and no need for elaboration , since unless readers were living under a Pluto rock , between 2010, and 14, ‘you Alzze ,’ know de rest of the story , si?
    Let me reiterate. In 2016 ,an MP was fired ,and WW3 , hasn’t started in T&T.
    Look folks , hear is de deal, ummmm let me encapsulate the stage we are at , in just 7 months of a Uncle Rowley regime . Now however , compare this to that of the Siparia Queeen Kamla’s , five year stewardship, unfortunate citizens, were forced to endure .
    Kamla could hire her sister ,and pay her what looked like $TT 20 plus millions ,to hop around the globe with her, with the sole purpose of ensuring dat she big sister Kamla , get her choice brand of… ummm …medical marijuana, do choice shoe shopping , and … well ..,you can fill in de blanks , as to other unmentionables, she would have indulged in , outside of the suspecting eyes of Dr Bissessar …., as I ain’t have jail clothes, si?
    In contrast, Dr Rowley, can take his beautiful , learned wife , on his first Foreign junket abroad – the Commonwealth Conference, but he dare not give the present AG the middle finger, and replace him with his wife Susan- if he wishes to see more Grand kids .
    Basdeo Panday , can bring home his wet behind de ears, London law school educated – by way of CLICO Shareholders stolen dollars -daughter , to T&T , one day , after her finals exams , and force her unto the people of Oroupuce , as a safe seat MP, but Dr Rowley , won’t even dream of bringing his Lawyer daughter , to serve as legal council for the Caranege , Diego Martin , or Westmooring Girls guides, even if she graduated at de top of her class, at Hugh Wooding.
    Our T&T , is growing up,right before our very eyes! It’s a beautiful thing , and I for one ,luv it. Say no to nepotism ,and it’s ugly twin – Cronyism,si?
    Stay vigilant people!

  • Can Mr. Manning define “relative”
    Manning making his wife Hazel Manning a Minister
    —-Granting Brian Manning a Gun License in 24 hours and disregarding all rules and procedures
    —-Giving Brian Manning $9 million for a basketball competition ..(Has it start yet?)-
    —– $45 million secret skullarship fund
    —–John Rahael as Minister of Agriculture lease a house and parcel of land belonging to Caroni 1975 Ltd. To his sister
    —-John Rahael as Minister of Health give his sons the contract to provide drugs for the CDAP programme
    —-Penelope Beckles father got CEPEP contracts while she was an MP
    —-Barry Sinanan law firm get government briefs while he was speaker of the house
    —–Patrick Manning rented a house from Lenny Saith brother for $38,000 per month while the Palace was building
    —– Jerry Narace Company got the contract to provide insurance for T&TEC
    —- Kerwyn Garcia, husband of Christine Kangaloo, gets $530,000.brief from government
    —-PNM Chairman Franklyn Khan wife get a $60 million contract days before the 2010 election
    —-$5 million worth of materials from the Tobago Hospital went to develop Dr. Keith Rowley wife private project
    —- Robinson-Regis husband $50,000 per month job at B

  • This is Journalism Anna Ramdass/UNC style
    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160403/news/who-drove-hdc8217s-mercedes-benz

    Because of the article above, showing A minister, not THE Prime Minister, RENTING a costly vehicle, Anna Ramdass, UNC agent, is trying to conflate in the minds of the public THAT issue, with the one below i.e. The current PM getting a new Benz…

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160403/news/new-benz-for-pm
    This is so absurdly obvious!….her intentions are plain as her loyalty 4o the Tribe….THIS is political thuggery!!….NO SHAME!
    Did Anna Ramdass EVER report o Kamla taking helicopter rides to and fro as well as her hairdresser and political friends from North to South T&T eevery day at ridiculous costs to the state???
    pay attention to the crude, shameless type of politics used by the UNCOPP..their “journalists” intend to smear EVERY scandal of THEIRS, in an illogical manner, unto the current administration.a

  • *a FORMER UNC minister renting a costly vehicle* conflated with *the current PRIME MINISTER being bought A costly vehicle**…..
    is $2 million dollar offical vehicle all of a sudden too expensive for THE Prime Minister of T&T???….Yoruba, notice how ‘they’ do not care about personal integrity or image in the eyes of Africans, as long as their Tribal duty is accomplished?? Take note of that! Please point to a SINGLE African media person that behaves like the Indian UNC media devotees on behalf of the PNM?Yoruba revisiting that “emulating the wicked”…..my position is this….
    Imagine if that infamous fight between Mike Tyson & Evander Hollyfield had continued after Tyson bit Hollyfield’s ear off and the refereee, the judges & Tyson fans refused to disciline him or acknowledge that he crossed a line or broke the rules….If i were Hollyfield’s coach, in the next round, i would have insisted he kick him in the testicles, and continued boxing tyson until declared winner!!
    Either we are ALL subject to the rules, or NONE of us are subject to the rules!iIt is unacceptable for some to do any and everything to ‘win’ and others have to ‘play fair’…..this is ridiculous!
    Did anyone else realize that AFTER the Trip to India, Anna Ramdass’s articles took a sharp political turn?? Remember?? She was chief reshmi et al exposer UNTIL that India trip!

    • Yoruba, notice how ‘they’ do not care about personal integrity or image in the eyes of Africans, as long as their Tribal duty is accomplished?? Take note of that! Please point to a SINGLE African media person that behaves like the Indian UNC media devotees on behalf of the PNM?Yoruba revisiting that “emulating the wicked”…..my position is this….
      Imagine if that infamous fight between Mike Tyson & Evander Hollyfield had continued after Tyson bit Hollyfield’s ear off and the refereee, the judges & Tyson fans refused to disciline him or acknowledge that he crossed a line or broke the rules….If i were Hollyfield’s coach, in the next round, i would have insisted he kick him in the testicles, and continued boxing tyson until declared winner!!
      Either we are ALL subject to the rules, or NONE of us are subject to the rules!iIt is unacceptable for some to do any and everything to ‘win’ and others have to ‘play fair’…..this is ridiculous!

      I disagree.

      It is ultimately in my highest personal interest to adhere to a rule of integrity. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? It is a question of faith, but faith guided by sure knowledge.

      That is why I continue to maintain that the question of identity is key. If you know that you are Israel, –literally prince with God, or prince of God,– you behave accordingly.

      Yes the earth is for the time being given into the hand of the wicked — Satan and his minions. They are not therefore to be emulated in any way, shape or form. Their fate is already sealed. Why do you want to share an ultimate end in the lake of fire with them?

      But I cannot make you see it. It is only by the grace of God that that light, that grace, will come.

      Holyfield showed some of that grace under pressure in how he reacted to Tyson in the bout you speak of. Mike, for his part, has come a long way since then, and is starting to act like the “Israel” he is. That is the real title that is his to claim. There is a touching video on youtube where he and Holyfield have made their peace, and moreover seem actually to enjoy each other’s company…

      In the T&T context, we who are Israel, — misnomered “Africans”, “Negro”, and etc. — must continue to hold and broaden the high ground: “Here ev’ry creed and race…”. “Discipline, production and tolerance”. “Together we aspire, together we achieve”. “Massa day done”. Etc. These are not just empty slogans, but a duty a faithful Israel owes to our God. Adhere we must, trusting in our eventual reward.

      May we the Chosen of the Most High rise to the challenge, in spite of every provocation of the wicked, rather than wrestle with them in a pit of iniquity.

      Shalom.

      “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Yeshua from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

      • Lol..Yoruba proves my point…and he is NOT unique in this regard…he believes in principles over tribe/party etc…thus is commendable and i salute his integrity BUTTTTTTTTTTTT what profits a man to save HIS soul, but lose the soul of the entire NATION and the future of so many children to the devants , ananadsis, sewerages, jaishimas etc?? That chock-full-of-integrity stance is what allowed Kamla to get in power and all the evil that transpired in the past political term!! Jaishima Leladharsingh SAT ON A STATE BOARD and was directly involved in the fates of Africa farmers in chaguaramas who, surprise surprise caught HELL during his tenure!! The former panday appointed University Of The West Indies Bhoe Tewarie APPOINTED Jaishima to that board, and as even an Indian in the person of Raffique Shah had to point out in his articles, that Jaishima is a personal friend of Bhoe & his wife, and it is unlikely that he was unaware of his views on African people! Imagine a personal friend of Jaishima Leladharsingh was in charge of a tertiary Institution directly involved in the fates of young, african students….and U.W.I or H.U.W.I is rife with complaints of ethnic discrimination…Btw what are the odds that U.W.I. has two consecutive Hindu principals?? The current successor of Bhoe Tewarie is Guyanese! No Africans available?? Yoruba, the Tyson Hollyfield fight was an analogy…i went over the top to make a point…the stakes are too high in T&T to ‘walk away’ feeling content in your own personal integrity, when 340,000 people do NOT care! If Ramdass, ramcharitar maraj, maharaj, bissoon, alexander,bagoo etc many and others can be vicious and uncaring about integrity, and accepted by the general public, it must be okay for at least an unflinchicng ferocity from the other side.
        I’ll continue this response another time!

        • Alyssa:

          …what profits a man to save HIS soul, but lose the soul of the entire NATION and the future of so many children to the devants , ananadsis, sewerages, jaishimas etc??

          As I said, it is a matter of faith, but faith based on sure knowledge. My mother used to tell us, “Two wrongs don’t make a right!”.

          No my sister, it is a profound mistake to adopt the way of the heathen, thinking that that way lies salvation. That is an insult to God, and to His Chosen, the children of Israel.

          “Thus saith Yahweh, Learn not the way of the heathen…” (Jeremiah 10:2)

          Ultimately, the price of our redemption is obedience to the Law of the Holy Covenant to which we, and no one else, are bound as a matter of seedline inheritance; Exodus 19:5-6, Deuteronomy 7:6, Deuteronomy 30:1-3.


          the stakes are too high in T&T to ‘walk away’ feeling content in your own personal integrity, when 340,000 people do NOT care!

          If that was the case, I wouldn’t be preaching on this blog, and I wouldn’t be a street preacher, preaching what is hard to understand, and certainly unpopular.

          Whatever my shortcomings, smug self-satisfaction is not one of them. If anything, I’m clear in mind and spirit, and like Jonah on the basis of personal experience, that you can’t fight God and win. That too my sister is a lesson that you will learn.

          *All* the curses that we as a people suffer are due to our disobedience to God under His Holy Covenant with us; Deuteronomy 28:1,15. Conversely, when once *we* obey, as a people, all that we could hope for and more, will be added unto us.

          “Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith Yahweh; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.” (Jeremiah 30:10)

          As for the Leladharsingh’s, here is their fate:

          “And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am Yahweh: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.” (Isaiah 49:23)

          This promise awaits a remnant, so we may not all see it. Buttttt… when enough return unto Yahweh, there will be a tipping point. It is therefore critical that others also return unto the true Faith, and therefore it is essential that I preach the Word. I do not and cannot retreat into any form of smug self-satisfaction.

          Shalom.

  • BREAKING RACIST,CASTEMINDED NEWS!!!
    BREAKING RACIST,CASTEMINDED NEWS!!!
    BREAKING RACIST CASTEMINDED NEWS!!!
    BREAKIG RACIST, CASTEMINDED NEWS!!!

    A BLACK SKINNED AFRICAN is allowed9 to become ‘our’ Prime Minister instead of ‘our’ ‘vicco turmeric induced’ light skin leader! ANNNNNDD
    As if this isn’t enough damage to our ego & ‘sacred laws’,This BLACK SKINNED RAWAN (same thing) is being allowed to travel in STANDARD Prime Ministerial luxury!!!Imagine THAT….a MERCEDESBENZ???….for THE (Black skinned African) Prime Minister???? He should be driven in a Box Vault!! Even though this luxury is standard & nowhere NEAR the excesses of ‘our’ Kamla , it is unacceptable!HE IS TOO DARK for such Dignity! At least let him borrow ‘our’ queen’s Vicco Turmeric Cream!

  • Manning told the people in Laverntile he is non black and now he is telling us Hazel is not his wife. HE IS A NOTHING AND A BLASTED LIAR AND A DISGRACE TO T&T. I SUGGEST HE TAKE A BOAT AND SHOVE OFF.

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