Alleged corruption hurts UNC again

…ex MP Collin Partap slams party

By Gail Alexander
May 06, 2019 –

Gerald Ramdeen, Anand RamloganCorruption allegations put the People’s Partnership (PP)/United National Congress (UNC) administration out of office in the 2010 general polls and more allegations or corruption-related charges against UNC members could well keep the UNC out of government in the 2020 general election.

It’s not a PNMite saying that. It’s former UNC Cumuto/Manzanilla MP and minister of state, Collin Partap doing so.

Partap, 46, an attorney, broke his silence on the party of which he’s been a member since his teens—and he’s not happy with the Opposition UNC’s state, but has a positive view of the People’s National Movement’s (PNM) tenure.

Partap was removed by former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar from his post as a minister in National Security in August 2012, after refusing to do a police breathalyser test. Officers said they saw him leaving Zen nightclub drinking from an alcohol bottle, he entered his SUV, turned on the flashing blue lights and left. When he was stopped, he refused the test.
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10 thoughts on “Alleged corruption hurts UNC again”

  1. Court today for Anand, Gerald
    IN WHAT is the biggest corruption case within recent years, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen are expected to appear in the Port of Spain Magistrates Court today to answer several charges. Their court appearance is the end result of a quiet, two-year investigation by the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau (ACIB) into a billion-dollar scandal involving briefs given to lawyers during the tenure of the then People’s Partnership (PP) administration.

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    Movement for Social Justice leader David Abdulah says that neither Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, nor her United National Congress, can extricate themselves from the political repercussions caused by the charges brought against former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, SC and UNC senator Gerald Ramdeen.

    State moving to seize assets
    Government will seek to push two pieces of legislation in the coming weeks to allow the State to recover properties and other assets from former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen.

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    OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says her “former and present colleagues” Anand Ramlogan and Gerald Ramdeen are “good lawyers”. She told United National Congress (UNC) supporters on Saturday night she knew members of the party would have troubled hearts right now.

  2. Partap and Vasant should form another party. Continuing in the UNC tradition of ex members, Jack ILP, Carolyn COP, Ramesh Team Unity. They should know that crab in the barrel politics work very well.

  3. Instead of strongly condemning any illegal actions taken by these two UNC members, subject to their guilt or innocence, Kamla described them as “good lawyers”.
    She should be distancing herself and the Party from these two accused of serious crimes, but instead she comes across as being supportive and in sympathy.This is not a demonstration of good judgment by a leader who wants a second chance to be PM of T&T.What is need here is a tough statement against white collar crime.
    She downplayed the arrests as being election time gimmicks and likened the arrests to the detention of Panday and the Sadik water tank accusation.
    This case seems very different.

  4. Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The way this country is going you are guilty until proven innocent. You have to provide proof of how you obtain money to build your house. If you can’t then the State can seize your house and auction it off.

    Then there is whistle blower legislation, that is suppose to be the panacea for white collar crime. The PNM is engaged in the biggest MACO program. They are set on protecting your partner in crime whilst punishing you.

    I remember in Junior Secondary school on a particular day our teacher was absent. The astute and about to retire principal was strolling the corridors looking for miscreants.

    One girl to the back decided she was bored and started throwing paper next to the girl sitting beside me. I got hit a few times threw the paper back and continued reading. She continued for awhile and then the principal show up. He demanded to know who was causing the raucous. The school whistleblower program came into effect. The girl who started it all, identified me and two other girls. The whistle blower sat down we were taken to the principal office. There he whacked the girls asked me to stretch out my hand his whip came bearing down on my hand, “whack”. Immediately my hand went cold and a thick blue view rose up next to my thumb. The force of the blow could have severed my thumb.

    Needless to say to this day I don’t believe in whistle blower programs nor former Politicians who made an azz of themselves!. And pretends they are “holier than thou”.

    1. Poor thing, Mamoo. Everybody got told on in school. It even happens among siblings in the home, so come with something less childish.
      Innocent to me, is when you really did not do the deed, not when a group of your friends or peers dressed in fancy laundered outfits proclaim your innocence.
      You see, my fellow citizens, the difference between God and our courts of law is, God does not need proof and evidence.
      Our new watchwords are Discipline, Tolerance and Corruption. We are disciplined to tolerate corruption.

    1. I suppose you trust Ramlogan and Ramdeen. Lawyers to boot.
      We are clamouring for something to be done about corruption and white collar crime, but as soon as our friends get “touched,” is one set ah stupid talk. What allyuh really want?
      If the PNM was in power when Mr. Nankissoon Boodram, aka Dole Chadee, and his followers were executed, all now we would still be hearing how generous and fatherly he was.
      We probably have the jokiest bunch of “educated” people per square inch than anywhere else in the world.

  5. When will white collar criminals begin to do the time, especially in T&T? The same for the sad e-mailgate scam!

  6. Ramdeen resigns as UNC senator
    GERALD Ramdeen has resigned as a UNC The announcement was made by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar during the tea break during sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday.

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    ATTORNEY General Faris Al-Rawi says former UNC senator Gerald Ramdeen is in his prayers even as no replacement was announced for Ramdeen in the Senate yesterday.

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