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PNM to take Alleyne’s campaign to Integrity Commission

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Sunday, November 3, 2013
PNM political leader Keith Rowley delivers the feature address to conclude the St Joseph by-election campaign at Nya Binghi corner and King Street, St Joseph. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ

Political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley intends to expose what he sees as the wrongdoing of Ian Alleyne’s campaign to the Integrity Commission (IC). Rowley said once the party takes information on Alleyne to the commission, party members would wait to see what the commission would do. Alleyne is the UNC candidate for the St Joseph by-election.

 

 

Speaking at the PNM’s final public meeting in St Joseph on Friday, Rowley told supporters the UNC had put Alleyne to manage 25 government projects in the constituency he is contesting, using state resources. Rowley described this move as “wrong, unethical, illegal and a matter for the Integrity Commission.” Rowley said the PNM was gathering evidence to take to the commission soon. The last time he spoke to commission chairman, Ken Gordon, Rowley said he found himself in “bacchanal.”

 

This time Rowley intends to write Gordon on Alleyne’s “misbehaviour” and “naked abuse of office.” Rowley said the PNM would ask for a public meeting with the “whole” commission, to which the media would be invited. He said if the IC rules that what has happened in St Joseph was okay “it would clear the way for the Government to do that 41 times in the upcoming general election.”

 

Rowley said it takes years for an elected MPs to get projects done in their constituency, but projects were being delivered to constituents in a matter of days by Alleyne, who was not even the incumbent for St Joseph. Rowley also called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to explain what business arrangement she made with Alleyne, the Crime Watch host, to get him to become a candidate.

 

“Have you made any arrangement for the State or any state agency to provide any payment or service of any kind to any business interest of Ian Alleyne or otherwise? We want the answer before polling day.” Rowley said taxpayers should know if a deal was brokered between Alleyne and the PM.

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