PORT OF SPAIN — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she was not pressured by any government minister into accepting the resignation of former minister Jack Warner.
The prime minister returned from Canada on Saturday night and said it was in fact the Concacaf findings and report by Sir David Simmons, a former chief justice and attorney general of Barbados, that cemented her decision to accept Warner’s resignation.
The Simmons report, which was made public in Panama on April 19, accused Warner, a former FIFA vice-president, of fraud and corruption during his reign as Concacaf president and also questioned his ownership of the Centre of Excellence, in Macoya, which was built by FIFA funds and donations from other international football organisations. Concacaf is the body which represents football federations from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
“You know, before they said I was controlled by Mr. Warner, I don’t know if it’s because I am a woman people think that I am weak or something, so I was controlled by Mr. Warner, I was his puppet and now I am controlled by some other persons,” Persad-Bissessar said.
She made the statements in response to media questions at the VIP Lounge, Piarco International Airport on Saturday night on her return from her official visit to Canada. Several government ministers were present to welcome the prime minister, including Errol McLeod, who acted as prime minister in her absence, Dr Roodal Moonilal, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Vasant Bharath, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh and Suruj Rambachan.
“I want to make it very clear, the only persons that control me are those that belong to the electorate and the citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago, no one else,” she said. (Express)