State contracts

PM: No easy fix to gangs benefitting from State $

The in­fil­tra­tion of crim­i­nal gangs which have been si­phon­ing mil­lions of tax­pay­ers dol­lars from Gov­ern­ment projects and con­trac­tors has been a prob­lem for over two decades, ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

And he con­ced­ed that there was no easy so­lu­tion to the prob­lem but he in­tends to stamp it out.

Audit coming over gangster contracts

The mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar con­tracts giv­en to sev­en re­put­ed gang lead­ers at two PNM-con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions will now be the sub­ject of an ex­pan­sive au­dit that will al­so in­clude the 12 oth­er re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions across the coun­try.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Rur­al De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein in a me­dia re­lease is­sued on Wednes­day in which he sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to have this mat­ter prop­er­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

Gangsters benefit from contracts through corporations

Over the next few weeks, Guardian Me­dia will be high­light­ing a mul­ti-part in­ves­tiga­tive se­ries that hinges on un­der­world ac­tiv­i­ty and key play­ers that po­lice have been mon­i­tor­ing for a pe­ri­od of time.

This is the first part in the Un­der­world Files se­ries.

Sev­en re­put­ed gang lead­ers in north Trinidad have ben­e­fit­ed from State con­tracts worth close to $6 mil­lion in spite of as­sur­ances by Gov­ern­ment to the con­trary.