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Sport Ministry allegedly handed taxpayers’ millions to murder accused

Buckle up, Trinidad and Tobago; it’s about to kick off now.

It turns out that, according to the Sunday Express, “Mr Big” was actually “Mr Big Mouth.”

Photo: Sport Minister Anil Roberts.
Photo: Sport Minister Anil Roberts.

When National Security Minister Gary Griffith spoke about declaring war on the criminal element, one always suspected that he would not have to look far for the most relevant targets. And so it proved.

You see while the People’s Partnership brayed about amber alerts and armoured SUVs, Anil Roberts’ Sport Ministry, according to investigative reporter Asha Javeed, allegedly took millions meant to stimulate grassroot sport and put them into the hands of shady figures; not least the controversial Jamaat al Muslimeen member Rajaee Ali—a man who was incarcerated on a murder charge when the PP took office in 2010 and who admitted he was questioned by police for the assassination of Dana Seetahal SC earlier this month.

By Griffith’s calculation, Ali pocketed as much as $1.5 million a month from the Life Sport programme for participants who do not exist. That is exclusive of catering contracts for feeding those ghosts, which, at a conservative estimate of $60 a day, can easily add up to another $1.3 million per month.

And this does not include the profit made off the participants who do turn up as well as the management contracts and so on; not to mention whatever income Ali otherwise enjoys when he is not working for the Sport Ministry. Presumably, Ali could employ his entire army if he had one and so chose; and they would all collect State cheques.

Photo: Tell Anil we want in.
Photo: Tell Anil we want in.

So, let us be clear: while the People’s Partnership Government steadfastly ignored not-so-subtle hints to improve the working conditions and salaries of its policemen, it has allowed a suspected gang member to possibly pocket upwards of $2.8 million per month not including his legitimate salary and profit.

I don’t think you’re hearing me: while the national football team youth coaches have gone two years without their $3,000 per month stipends, the under-15 “Soca Warriors”  forfeited a 2013 CONCACAF tournament due to a shortage of funds and parents had to dip in their own pockets to send teenaged national swimmers to the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai, the Sport Minister allegedly allowed a man who spent more than half of his adult life on a murder charge to bank a minimum of around $3 million a month.

One last time: the police service’s first choice candidate for Seetahal’s brazen murder could have financed the hit with taxpayers’ money courtesy of the Ministry of Sport.

It makes you miss the good old days when people thought then Minister Roger Boynes was a buffoon because he couldn’t tell the difference between waiting journalists and the 2006 World Cup players.

Last week, Roberts allegedly appeared in an amateur video with drugs and, possibly, prostitutes while wearing the Sport Ministry’s London Olympic 2012 shirt; and yet that was probably one of the least irresponsible things that “Minister Two Pull” did on the job.

Photo: Sport Minister Anil Roberts.
Photo: Sport Minister Anil Roberts.

It is almost breath-taking to consider how low the bar is now set in public service. Politicians don’t even have to show up for work in five years; all you have to do is not give millions to men “known to the police” and you are already a massive improvement.

And that brings us to “Captain Peacock”; the soldier who redefined the term “balls-ing up the job” while protecting Prime Minister Basdeo Panday’s family.

It is Griffith, the comical press conference tough guy, who must bring the Life Sport programme to heel now. His track record, to be blunt, does not inspire confidence.

And speaking of blunt; what about Honourable Minister Roberts?

Well, so far, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is refusing to sack him; so the nation’s sportsmen and women must remain trapped and molested in Room 201.

Photo: Sport Minister Anil Roberts (left) woos Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. There is clearly no accounting for taste.
Photo: Sport Minister Anil Roberts (left) woos Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
There is clearly no accounting for taste.

Mr Live Wire would like to suggest, at the very least, that the Prime Minister hires a foreign consultant to work closely with Roberts. And we can think of one eminently qualified young woman.

Can Jay-Z spare you this week, Solange?

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  1. Let’s fight 4 the rights of our country

  2. oh boi…. disqualified on d finish line…lol

  3. Reading this makes me so angry…

  4. What about Duprey? Where is he and why hasnt he been bought to justice for what he did? I pray we dont end up like Haiti 🙁

  5. T&T Politicians (ALL) BY the people FOR the people.
    Big corruption, some competence versus Some corruption, little competence. We like it so. Don’t change- be happy?

  6. It is only in the land of rumor and humor that these straight as a corkscrew politicians, can use tax payers money to fill their pockets, while accusing hard working honest people of being dishonest. He should be behind bars.

    • When we accelerated our declined to near unbelievable proportions.

    • I can’t even imagine how our national athletes must’ve felt about this. And folks are out there blasting them for underperforming. Under the circumstances, facing countries that have things down to such a science that they already have a good idea who’ll be representing them in 2020, I think they did an amazing job.

    • For years now, I have had national athletes from almost every sport complaining about it and they were very, very hurt. I would even say that they were bitter about it.
      Some sporting bodies were also very upset about it.

    • Understandably so. Especially given the feedback this year. And the administrators remain silent about the real problems while blasting people for criticizing the athletes and the wheel turns on.

    • Lasana bitter is still an understatement and not just some Federations….

    • Calisa that is not entirely true, but there are a few issues to consider. One is the backlash it may take for our Athletes and the other that with the current hostile environment against Admins a lot of them wish not to draw that anger towards them. I have always been very outspoken and will continue to do so, yet i also have to consider what may impact on the Athletes in my care…. Aside of the fact that it is not all as black and white as some people would like it to be…. i am more than happy to discus the ills of sport in Trinidad with anyone who wants to toss around ideas, but i have a real problem when quickly the stereotypes appear… (that is not only in discussions about sport btw…)

    • It’s great that you’re not one of the admins to which I’m referring, but that doesn’t negate the fact that, by and large, the culture of management/administration is to pass the buck and shirk responsibility for shortcomings. I’ve seen this across a range of fields, with the result that nothing actually improves and those responsible aren’t held accountable.

    • generally i agree with you, but that is not a sport specific problem as far as i see nor i it a systematic problem, because thhe same systems work maybe not perfect but reasonable well in other places, that is a problem that is being faced by Trinidad as a society…. I could give you plenty examples, but if i do i think i will find more messages in my inbox to stop bad-talking TNT and go back to my racist Germany….

    • I did say I’ve seen it across a range of fields. It is indeed a societal problem.

    • My favorite example: I am in the 10 and less items lane at Massey and Granny with grandson and grand daughter in front of me with full trolley, so i say, excuse me this is the ten Item lane and she pulls out her wallet gives grandson and Granddaughter $100 each and tells me: well, he buys ten items, she buys ten Items and i buy ten Items and laughs at me…. well, what can i say: Granny gave the grandchildren a good lecture in smart-man attitude…. sending them 10yeaar old of to the right start… unfortunately that seems to have become the rule…..

  7. Why mention these topics when no one will get arrested. Wasting air time

  8. I am a pacifist but this man’s special performance as a minister makes me think fondly of a whipping in the square. The opportunity costs are incalculable.

  9. What ever happened to this story???? Smh

  10. Why do you thing the past Admin is still a topic, because they re the main reason this govt is trying to get this country head above water, what happen it s the Facts do Jason Lara relax your self . Yes you want to define your party . But raise above that ,lets deal with the issue at hand how much could this Admin do, with out trying to source MONEY and that is what theyre trying to do Relax before your pressure goes up.

  11. Remind Paradath about this. Take several seats..

  12. That’s kamla boy , she love him bad

  13. How could you say he ignored the athletes??? He gave Walcott a javelin!! Yuh forget or what???!!!

  14. i cant understand alyuh the blasted people the country had ah election the pnm in power and ent doing nothing for the past 10mnths buh alyuh still blaming the former govt STOP SLEEPING AND WAKE UP PNM IN CHARGE NOW LETS DEAL WITH IT

  15. Even when we make noise they feed us some scraps to hush us until we make noise again . The time will come when our back will hit that wall and we will only be able to go forward . Wait and see !

  16. I thought given the amt of money involved an audit would have been ready by now with arrest warrants issued ?

  17. I bet people will hang . I still want full disclosure on what led to Ms Seetahal ‘s murder . I hope it comes out in court . To think that a man who seemed to be so interested in the development of sport would do a 360 , his stupidity knows no bounds I guess .

  18. I remember very well …….

  19. Don’t forget about the U.S. based hurdler (who represented us in Rio by the way) who almost got evicted from his apartment.

  20. Boggles the mind….no wonder Anil had to disappear…. “I don’t think you’re hearing me: while the national football team youth coaches have gone two years without their $3,000 per month stipends, the under-15 “Soca Warriors” forfeited a 2013 CONCACAF tournament due to a shortage of funds and parents had to dip in their own pockets to send teenaged national swimmers to the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai, the Sport Minister allegedly allowed a man who spent more than half of his adult life on a murder charge to bank a minimum of around $3 million a month.” … now this is just… wow…. no words… “One last time: the police service’s first choice candidate for Seetahal’s brazen murder could have financed the hit with taxpayers’ money courtesy of the Ministry of Sport.”

  21. If Jamaica can investigate their ex PM and get to the bottom of things, why can’t we do the same for these ministers in T&T?

  22. “Well, so far, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is refusing to sack him; so the nation’s sportsmen and women must remain trapped and molested in Room 201.” lol

  23. True Like Calder Heart,Marlene,Rowley,Duprey nd Harry they all will paid God doh sleep

  24. Persons like Anil Roberts and others who have raped our Treasury of monies for their personal gains will NEVER enjoy a good life. Mark my word.

    • Regardless…. I still think they should face the fullest extent of punishment in the eyes of the public! They set the example that crime pays and the reason why crime is out of hand in T&T!

  25. That Carapo army, was extremely well funded. Almost 3 MILLION monthly. Unbelievable! And I hold firm, the former PM must have been privy to this information, she together with her line Minister watered the seeds they planted.

  26. Aaaand nothing has happened to these people. And probably never will. Why should citizens do the right thing when these millionaires made overnight are happy like pigs in shit? Really?

  27. There’s plenty of Anil still around , please find out where García and the chairman of the HDC and by who they were employed by in Ghana just a hint to work with

  28. Lasana every time I read this story I’m enraged, and it seems we’ll never get recourse members of the public cussing the athletes from the Olympics upside down but corruption causes money for the the right reasons to end up in the wrong hands when oh when will we get it right smh

  29. I remember when we approached this man for funding for a skate/bmx Park stuepssssz.

  30. Only because some elements of this article are before the court I will not say whatI wish

  31. Is time to bring him to jail

  32. Anybody know where Roberts hiding out?

  33. The worst government Trinidad has ever seen

  34. Different strokes for different folks. Who the fleck to vote for since all of them corrupt. Remember corruption is the biggest crime here. The trigger men are only the hired guns. And Kamal will mama guy many in a staged managed mock debate moderated by one of her supporters on a government controlled station tonight. And the bullshit continues

  35. Lindsay i think he might be saying, ‘yes….. i was smoking in the gazebo with the lady in Philippine, but my plant like substance wasn’t green, it was white’.

  36. It still have fence sitters? People seeing, hearing and reading all the s@$! that going on and still don’t know who is the right party to vote for?

    • Can you believe Karris? I say, if one chooses not to vote then don’t complain because you have allowed others to make the decision for you. And yes, in this day and age, some people would actually choose a ‘pretty face’ unrepentant criminal as PM, opposed to a plain talking bald head Tobago son of the soil.

  37. how come this man still free it should 11 plus 1

  38. Judy-ann Stewart that wouldn’t help. Because anything this sinister and so high up would have to be enabled by crooked cops. The jail break as well was enabled by high ranking crooked prison official. For all we know the top cop and senior superintendents are on the payroll. The crookedness starts at the top. Total day of policing. ..anybody held accountable?

  39. I would love to meet the people FACE TO FACE who will actually vote this government back in power. #sadtrinidad

  40. What all of this shows is that we need to up the qualifications for entry and promotion in the TTPS.

  41. Bacchanal is on, I agree! If only the T&T investigative divisions that mirror those of the USA & UK investigative divisions (such as the FBI, the IRS, and Scotland yard) would function proactively, autonomously and uncompromisingly, we would have such greater handle of corruption, influx of drugs, arms, human trafficking, etc. If only…

  42. In the context of the event and when the phone call was allegedly made, he was a government official! Many things, pieces of evidence, have always been lost or eaten by rats!

  43. Ashton, technically he is not a government official now but we are obviously not seeing where he has been charged so maybe they ‘lost’ the recording.

  44. It is rumored that shortly after Miss Seetahal was murdered (same night/morning) a phone call was made from a senior government official to one of the persons who is now charged with her murder! The conversation is said to be very short and was recorded! It is said, the recording is in the hands of the police who have denied the involvement of any government officials! Hmmmm! The named official, an attorney by profession, is now council representing a group of prisoners who were allegedly beaten by prison officers in prison. The prisoners belong to a particular religious organization which has a history of militancy and criminal activities. If this information is correct, this is very interesting!

  45. This is disgusting, yet i see thousands of people still supporting this yellow maia

  46. the jury is still out,you were on point,the links to establish the relationship will grow cold.

  47. And not to mention the fact that the man wanted for conspiracy to murder Anil Roberts’ wife former lover was on Anil’s payroll… Maybe that would concern a Judge.

  48. Lasana I hopefully await the day of reckoning but I’m not optimistic. Keep spreading the word!

  49. We still don’t know who wanted her dead and why though. As a state prosecutor she may thoretically have been called upon to prosecute someone like Ali. What did she know that wasn’t already in the public domain that people were not already speculating about. After section 34..emailgate…prisongate….Kamla’s weed, nothing would really surprise me anyway with this bunch.

  50. This government has blood on its hands

  51. Its amazing how ppl can believe anything in print…not saying true or untrue…but if they had to name a monster conviniently…well…

  52. I agree; I spent more than five years in India..

  53. I know John Joseph. We’ve been through the fire and came out a little scorched but we survived and this situation is no different. I sometimes have to throw reality in the ring because my people tend to have short memories. So for the next year I’ll keep reminding them of our folly of 2010. I have to be brutal at times.

  54. I agree that the future looks bleak, but I too have been around the block a few times, and I know there exists a Mighty force and we must keep on doing all we can that is right, hoping that He in His wisdom will be on our side. Many times in my life it looked like all was lost, and yet in an instant in previously unexpected ways the outcome changed favorably.

  55. The man like he smoking more weed and talking madness on air fire that one time

  56. In 2010 when Kamla and the Kabal won overwhelmingly I said “We are doomed”. Now 4 years after most of the population is seeing for themselves what “old people like me” knew from the get go. We are truly and completely Doomed.” Thanks Kamla, thank you very much for SCREWING us over good and proper.

  57. I don’t have words to express how I feel about this government and that sport talk show host Anil roberts.

  58. find out how much money malabar fc gets from anil roberts while some of the pro league teams getting nothing

  59. you feel that clown of a minister of national security ent know what going on he is part of the govt, he only trying to play the good girl opps sorry the good guy

  60. What about our country! !!?????

  61. Only in Trini! And he’s still a minster??? God help us.

  62. What in d dark does come out in d light hmmm

  63. Please! Do you think that he supposedly did this all by himself, without the knowledge of the Party bosses? Who defended the Muslimeen? Who organised the amnesty? What Party did that individual belong to? Who allegedly said “Wake me up when it’s over”? What Party did he belong to? As a lover of Jab Molassie mas, I recognize “paying the devil” when I see it.

  64. Kamlier knew of that video, just as Moonilal & the rest of the cabal know of the people in red T’shirts with placards that were paid to be there.

  65. I haven’t even mentioned blatantly ignoring the Auditor General and his queries for the past three or four years.
    And imagine the Sport Ministry with a budget in the hundreds of millions has only one internal auditor on staff, which means it is running at about 15 percent capacity in that regard.

  66. This is easily the most unfunny piece in the Good Morning section. I didn’t really have the heart for a gag with this one.
    Anil has been a law into himself from the start. Bullying sport bodies, disrespecting young athletes, waging personal vendettas with taxpayers money, diminishing his office with his personal life… And, oh yeah, allegedly funding organized crime with sport money.
    F****ing amazing!

  67. For the love of sport and country, fire Anil Roberts please PM!

  68. I’ll wait for this story to develop.

  69. This is where all the funny memes, articles and jokes about weed and women and hotel room, meets a dangerous reality..

  70. Fired is the start! Prosecute, conviction and jail

  71. What is really going on in Trinidad?

  72. Kamla must have known of this situation all along, Kamla and her gangs need to be FIRED PRONTO.

  73. Five years ago I was invited by Ms Dana Seetahal SC, in her then capacity of member of the Crime and Restorative Justice Commission, to give a presentation to members of the judiciary and protective services on the link between crime and politics. This after I had done a series on the on the link between criminals and politicians tracing it back to 1956 till 2009. I closed the presentation with Don Corleone’s advice to Michael at 00:44 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d115-YK-9BQ). Since 2009 nothing has changed and as I said then (and was proved right by recent history) that its going to get worse because of the puppeteers. But more frightening is the strength and influence the criminals have over the ones who pull their strings.

  74. The most disgusting part is that they brazenly took tax payer dollars and gave it to these criminals while the athletes in Trinidad are shortchanged. Unfortunately this was the government the people voted FOR….so now these people are all going to walk away with taxpayer money in their pockets when (hopefully) they get kicked out of office

  75. He looks like the bouncer in coconuts!!!

  76. They voted against ‘this shit’ in 2010 yes? Well if that was ‘shit’, what is this – oh and let’s not forget $330 BILLION spent on ‘this shit’ since 2010 – money that it took the PNM 8 years to spend previously and for which there is much that we can point and say that is OURS – shall I spell them out?

  77. Unfortunately Griffith drops the ball conveniently by putting soldiers in an attempt to give the impression that something worthwhile is going to be done, without recovering illegal arms and ammunition purchased with taxpayer money courtesy of the Ministry of Sport

  78. Oh my goodness this can’t be happening.

  79. Can it get any more distressing?

  80. Let’s see how deep the rabbit hole gets

  81. Rhoda,,,,,Solutions please…..How do you deal with Ex-con?

  82. I keep forgetting people voted against this shit in 2010 . And now the most coherent response from UNC fanatics is PNM do it too. Did Kamla get a landslide victory to pay criminals with tax dollars?

  83. PNMites want Anil and Anand, two hard-working ministers, to go bad, bad. You want that too? Cast the last stone.

    • I am sure this response is a joke! You just forgot to say so. When I thief is plainly guilty and is yet being defended, there is the accomplice!.

  84. Since the days of Eric Williams, criminal elements control DEWD, Special Works, URP etc
    What method can be used to rehab criminals? This is, and will continue to be a burning question.,
    Maybe a criminologist can Answer!

  85. I cannot believe that he is still a minister! Why?

  86. BWDMA.. This bald B!&c# is really out of control,… Stewwppsssss

  87. Bwda … nah man, clearly I am in the wrong profession -_-

  88. dis man is another weed in the garden of the pp party

  89. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!

  90. Let’s see who’s paying attention, first she refused to fire jack until she was forced to. Now it’s this uncouth, loud jackass. Let’s see what it takes to fire him.

  91. Will the Madness never stop???? “Calder Hart: you can come out of hiding now. You have nothing to Fear”.

  92. What would it take again to get early elections??