There's a saying that the old dog never looses its tricks and this was displayed quite recently by the PNC's A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
Several persons in Corriverton are claiming that the
signatures on a petition submitted by that party which called for the disbanding of the Corriverton Interim
Management Committee (IMC), have been forged.
Additionally, it was
observed that names appeared more than once on the document and at least
two pages in the petition appeared to have signatures made by a single
signatory, raising allegations of a ‘padded petition.’
Clerk, Narendra Sookram, on Friday, July 6, was handed a multi-page
petition by APNU signed by over 600 persons of Corriverton calling for
the dissolution of the IMC, deeming the body illegal and
unconstitutional. This happened after the party considered the ousting
of former Mayor of Corriverton, Roy Baijnauth, illegal and
The IMC is still in operation, however, several
persons have come forward and are angry to see their ‘signatures’ on a
petition which they said they never signed or was never even privy to.
NOT OUR SIGNATURES
One businessman of Number 79 Village, M.A. Mohamed, said that his dead
father’s name was on the petition, ‘Peer Mohamed’. His father has been
dead since 1988 and he confirmed this. “Peer Mohamed is my father, but
my business is run under his name to keep his memory, so like whoever it
is, dig up my father and raise him from the dead… it seems so.”
don’t know who did that. It’s very funny. Since I am here, I never
encounter anybody doing something like that, using my name and I am very
saddened by this.”
The man then asked what the purpose of the
petition was, seemingly unaware of its purpose. When told, he asked,
“Why should APNU do something like this? The IMC is doing a good job.
Why they used my name and how they knew my name? Perhaps they just see
my store with the name in front and used it,” he opined.
further down in the area was Tejnarine Persaud, who expressed shock that
his sobriquet or ‘call- name’ ‘Rado Karran’ was signed on the petition.
He, too, was upset at the purported signature.
“Me want action
these men for signing my name. How can they do me that?” questioned Paul
Moses of Line Path, Corriverton. “This is not me!” (pointing to his
name in the petition) he exclaimed. “It is forgery! I object to this.
Who did this?” He then signed on another piece of paper and confirmed
that the signature did not match the one on the petition.
“Me ain’t even know who is in there (the IMC) or who they replaced…Me never sign that thing!”
Popular businessman, H.N. Sugrim called ‘Chinee’ of Crabwood Creek, was
furious at his alleged signature appearing on the petition.
never signed [the petition]…that is forgery. And I am not even living in
Corriverton! I am living in Crabwood Creek, and we have our own NDC.
The whole thing is I did not sign anything, they forged my signature.”
Chairperson of the IMC, Mr. Bhawase Harripaul, received a copy of the
petition when he returned to the country recently. Nevertheless, he is
continuing with his work and that of his council.
“I don’t have any
problem with the petition, in the sense that anybody can petition for
anything, but what I observed was that one person signed more than one
time in the petition, and I was also told by persons that they did not
sign the petition, so it was a falsification of their signatures.”
Harripaul went on to disclose that “the people are very upset because
they appreciate the work of the IMC so they would not do such a thing”.
The chairperson noted, in responding to APNU’s claims that the IMC is
illegal, that as far as he knows “the IMC is not illegal; it was a
process that was implemented by the Minister who has the power to
disband it if things are not going well, and as a matter of fact, we
were issued with Letters of Appointment— the Town Clerk can bail me
Responding to claims by APNU that the IMC members were
“selected and hand- picked” by the Ministry of Local Government,
Harripaul noted that, “I was told by persons in our community that they
sent a list of names of people to be on the IMC, so I don’t know the
story about hand- picked”.