Jack faces constituents

National Security Minister Jack Warner.
Former National Security Minister Jack Warner.

PORT OF SPAIN — Former national security minister Jack Warner will tell his constituents why he tendered a double resignation this week and his plans for the future at a public meeting in his constituency tonight.

However, even as he plans to do so, a committee set up by Chaguanas West activists plans to lobby Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to return their MP to the positions.

Chaguanas West constituency officials said yesterday Warner, who resigned from the cabinet and as UNC chairman this week, is holding today’s meeting, scheduled for the Pierre Road Recreation Ground, Chaguanas, from 6:30 p.m., to account to his constituents and say why “all of this has happened”. The meeting’s theme is “Straight Talk”. Warner also plans to deal with both issues during tomorrow’s debate of an opposition motion against him in Parliament.

At least one TV station and several radio stations are expected to broadcast tonight’s meeting live, constituency officials said. The lobby group “Bring Jack Back”, led by chairman of the La Paille/Caroni party group Indal Singh, will be out in their numbers for the meeting. However, Singh yesterday admitted to being stumped by Warner’s insistence he had no intention of taking back his ministerial or UNC post, even if they convince Persad-Bissessar to reconsider the matter.

He said despite that, a meeting was held yesterday to make arrangements to go ahead with the lobby.

“We already started to look for sponsors and we hope to do a petition to take to her (Persad-Bissessar),” Singh said. “We were going to her office to speak to her about Mr Warner’s resignation with the hope that she reinstates him, but now it doesn’t look like he wants to come back. It means we have to change our strategies now.” (Guardian)

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