BY ADRIAN BOODAN
Opposition chief whip Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj says the Integrity Commission is investigating a top Government minister who allegedly has a $49 million (US$8 million) bank account in the United States.
The Tabaquite MP was addressing the UNC’s national congress at Rienzi Complex in Couva yesterday, when he made the disclosure.
He said the minister had already been questioned by police, and the Prime Minister Patrick was aware of the situation.
Maharaj claimed that the minister had failed to disclose the information to the Integrity Commission and had gone to the US to change the paper trail, but failed and came back the night before Parliament opened.
Maharaj said the Opposition was going all out to make the Government account on this and other issues of corruption.
The UNC-Alliance MP said several members of Government boards had indicated that they were going to resign from these boards, because they were not prepared to be investigated by the Integrity Commission.
Maharaj said many board members had been involved in influence peddling.
He said some companies involved had no tendering procedures, and there were several allegations of major Government corruption.
Maharaj said the Government’s mega security projects were only avenues for PNM bigwigs to siphon State funds through kickbacks.
He said the blimp, patrol boats and helicopters had all failed to detect any crime, even though millions of dollars had been spent.
Ah mean ah really curious to know which one of these fockers banking so much change. Ah massive $8 million fockin US....wey!
But Ram yuh really have to leggo the name in Parliament otherwise nutten go happen.
Ah mean the Integrity Comm. is another PNM party group and the next thing yuh go hear is that they call in this fockin thief and ask them to amend dey form.