PM has questions to answer on THA blackmail fiasco

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PM has questions to answer on THA blackmail fiasco

Opposition senator Wade Mark wants to know if Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, is one of the senior government officials mentioned by THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine, during a press conference on Friday.

Speaking at the UNC weekly press briefing on Sunday, Mark said Rowley, Finance Minister Colm Imbert and former chief secretary of the THA Ancil Dennis have questions to answer about the blackmail plot alleged by Augustine.

In his pre-recorded televised statement on Friday, Augustine alleged a prominent contractor was demanding the THA pay his company money it owes even though some projects were incomplete.

The chief secretary also alleged that his administration was the target of a blackmail campaign, which involved the leaked voice recording of two THA officials discussing the use of public funds to carry out a social media propaganda campaign.

Augustine blamed former deputy chief secretary Watson Duke for the leak and also linked it to the People’s National Movement (PNM).

On Sunday, Mark said that $100 million was referred to in this year’s mid-year budget review and spoke of newspaper reports on projects in Tobago valued at $60 million.

Mark said these were matters that the police should pay attention to. He said the UNC found it disturbing that there were so many things taking place in the country that the police should pay attention to but it often appeared as if the police “picked and choose” what to do and what to investigate.