Robinson-Regis and Moonilal clash over HDC debt
Clint Chan Tack
HOUSING MINISTER Camille Robinson-Regis and Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal argued over money owed to a company named in a 2019 Special Directorate report on Government Minister Foster Cummings.
Their row took place before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Finance approved an additional $103,600,000 allocation for the Department of Housing.
Robinson-Regis said part of that allocation was a $67 million sum to pay contractors who worked for the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) for building maintenance, waste disposal and building services. concierge.
Moonilal, who was housing minister in the former UNC-led People’s Partnership coalition government, twice asked Robinson-Regis to read the list of contractors owed by the HDC. She did this twice and in one of the readings mentioned Pical Services Ltd, a company formerly owned by Cummings.
Moonilal asked Robinson-Regis how much money was owed to this company. Robinson-Regis referred to the cries of opposition MPs, when she told Moonilal he could have asked this question from the start instead of wasting everyone’s time.
Moonilal said, “Responsibility demands that we all take an interest. I have no interest in (company name) or the main owner of this company.”
Robinson-Regis replied, “Don’t take us all for fools here.” When Moonilal asked President Bridgid Annisette-George to tell Robinson-Regis to behave, Robinson-Regis told Moonilal, “You behave.”
She reminded MPs that the company had worked for the HDC for many years, including between 2010 and 2015 when Moonilal was housing minister. The company, Robinson-Regis sued, owes $2,400,828.75 for the work it performed.
Government MPs banged on their desks when Robinson-Regis said: ‘They don’t raid the Treasury for things they didn’t do.’ Moonilal’s subsequent attempt to ask Robinson-Regis if she confirmed the contents of the report was halted when Finance Minister Colm Imbert objected.
At a recent UNC meeting in San Fernando, opposition Senator Jayanati Lutchmedia alleged that a 2019 special branch report made allegations of misconduct against Cummings, who is also a deputy for La Horquetta. / Talparo. Cummings denied the allegations and took legal action against Lutchmedial.
At a post-Cabinet press conference at St Ann’s Diplomatic Center on May 12, the Prime Minister said he must first check the “quality” of the information in the report.
“If there is anything the police can act on, I would expect the police to act. He said reports from the special branch were noted and ‘should be taken with condiments or salt’ .
Dr Rowley said the report was an early warning, classified as intelligence but, by itself, had no weight in court.
On May 13, the committee approved the total additional allocation of $3,081,703,900 requested by the government.