Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) deputy political leader Farley Augustine says he is waiting with baited breath for Tracy Davidson-Celestine’s pre-action protocol letter.
At a news conference at the PNM Tobago’s campaign office on Monday, PNM Tobago political leader Davidson-Celestine said a pre-action protocol letter would be sent to Augustine for defamation of character.
This follows claims Augustine made during the January 25 THA election campaign.
At the time, Augustine called on Davidson-Celestine to answer to taxpayers about a zipline project planned for the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. He said he had a management letter from the Auditor General’s Department which revealed only some ropes were available to show for $2.5 million she spent.
But Augustine said he is not afraid of the threat of a lawsuit.
In a message to his social media page on Monday, he said “My house full of courthouse clothes and guess what – they done iron and hang up in the closet waiting.”
“I am not afraid to go to court to defend the things on which I have said.
He said “When we look at that zipline issue, I am happy for the opportunity to go to court because when I go to court, we would finally find out where the zipline is. All the huffing and puffing and grand charging and posturing, we have been waiting for the goodly former secretary of tourism, who is now desirous of becoming chief secretary, to tell Tobagonians where the zipline is. Tobagonians have already spent $3.428 million – not $2.5 (million) – on a zipline project and we do not have a zipline to show for it.”
“Nobody, nowhere about, could come and convince me that that is not corruption.”
“I want to also know if the goodly lady would send a pre-action protocol letter to the auditor general,” he said.
Augustine further stated “I am waiting with bated breath for your pre-action protocol letter, because the law is clear. I am waiting because the law is clear that you were secretary of the division and you as secretary exercised general direction and control of the division.”