The Congress of the People (COP), one of the coalition partners in the ruling People’s Partnership as well as the opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) have demanded immediate action from Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the wake of the latest Fifa controversy involving Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner.
COP Chairman Joseph Toney said the Prime Minister must clear the air on the issue and the country told whether any laws were broken, while the PNM has called for Warner to be suspended from Cabinet pending the outcome of a police probe.
A video tape released by the London Telegraph newspaper shows Warner allegedly urging Caribbean football officials to accept US$40,000 cash gifts from former FIFA presidential candidate Qatar’s Mohamed bin Hammam.
“One would hope the matter is cleared up as quickly as possible whether by FIFA, Warner or the Prime Minister,” the COP chairman said in response.
“The country needs to ascertain if any laws were broken, if only to settle this one way or the other…Any action on Warner would be her (PM’s) call.”
However, the PNM said stronger action is needed.
Making reference to the ongoing State of Emergency, PNM MP Amery Browne said “Government should be ashamed of continuing to subject citizens to such unjust treatment while turning a blind eye to the glaring evidence of atrocities at the highest level of Cabinet.”
The prime minister has disclosed that the matter has been handed over to the attorney general.
The police also disclosed Thursday that Warner is still being investigated for bringing in more than US$40,000 into the country without declaring it.
Warner who resigned as FIFA vice-president in June following the cash-for-votes scandal said the tape was doctored.
Check out the video with an audible Jack Warner during his private discussion.
Jack….yuh coo coo cook!