The Integrity Commission yesterday acted on Section 33 (a) of the Integrity in Public Life Act, which allows the Commission to act on its own initiative, to request that President Anthony Carmona appoints a tribunal to “enquire further into declarations submitted by Mr Warner” with specific reference to his ownership of the Centre of Excellence.
It is nice to know that esteemed former newspaper man Ken Gordon and his merry band are still with us although, judging from the response time, the Integrity Commission might be slower than a snail moving uphill after a heavy lunch.
Wired868 actually reported exclusively that Warner owned the Centre of Excellence on 28 May 2012 and produced copies of documentation from the Ministry of Legal Affairs to prove it. That was 19 months ago. The Trinidad Guardian did a follow-up story a week later.
On 19 April 2013, CONCACAF filed a report that offered further details of Warner’s acquisition. That was nine months ago.
Oh, and Warner himself did a power-point presentation in Charlieville on 25 April 2013 in which he admitted ownership of the Centre of Excellence. But take your time fellahs. Good things come to those who wait; like leftovers.
Mr Live Wire wishes to commend the Integrity Commission for seeing it to fit to pursue justice now after its long and no-doubt invigorating nap.
For the benefit of not-so-flash Gordon and his crew, here a few more things that happened while you were sleeping.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar fired Warner as National Security Minister and replaced him with Emmanuel George. Do not bother to ask George for help on this one because they replaced him too. With Gary Griffith. Yes, the adviser who obviously gave sterling advice to the other three National Security Ministers.
Where does that leave Warner? He is sponsoring a fete match team called the ILP and these days even the media is not returning his calls. Secretly, he is probably thrilled that someone remembers he was once the scourge of ethics committees.
PS: Good luck trying to convict someone for failing to declare all sources of income when the Attorney General is a promising used car salesman.
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