PORT OF SPAIN — National Security Minister Jack Warner has come to the defence of Tobago Minority Leader Ashworth Jack saying that no crime was committed if in fact the same contractor who did extension works on the Prime Minister’s house also did work on Jack’s multi-million-dollar home.
The Sunday Express reported that there was a new twist in the controversy surrounding Jack’s $2 million house in Hillsborough, Mt. St. George, Tobago as investigations showed that Super Industrial Services, the construction firm that did extension works on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s South Philippine house, also did work on Jack’s house.
Jack is the political leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People and a partner in the People’s Partnership coalition.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Warner, who himself has been under scrutiny for allegedly not declaring a credit union account of some $611,126.23 to the Integrity Commission, said that there were elements working against the People’s Partnership government.
Asked about reports of the same contractor who did work on the prime minister and Jack’s house, Warner responded: “If it is, what is the crime in that? What is the crime in somebody building a house? I don’t know if by chance the contractor is the person who allegedly did work on the prime minister’s house but if it is, then so what?
“Because he did work on the prime minister’s house he’s not to work on anyone else’s house? I don’t know the facts but even if the contractor is the same, what of that is value?” said Warner.
Warner said there was “political mischief” in the making in the run up to the Tobago House of Assembly elections on January 21, 2013 where the TOP led by Jack will be fielding a slate of candidates against the People’s National Movement led by Tobago chief secretary Orville London.
Warner said a mountain is being made of a mole hill with respect to Jack’s house.
“I sometimes reach the stage where I get like so many people in this country, I get turned off by the kind of attempts being made at different levels to try and create political mischief. Mr Jack was never in charge of the treasury in Tobago at any point in time. Mr Jack was never guilty of any cost overruns or any projects in Tobago, Mr Jack was never guilty for inflicting any budgets or any expenditure so as to of course to squander any money. Mr Jack,” said Warner. (Express)