Saying he felt hurt and pained on hearing that the roof and top floor of the west wing of the President’s House in St Ann’s had collapsed, Warner said that yesterday morning when he spoke to Persad-Bissessar, asking her what the UNC could do for President Richards, she told him not to be worried.
“Do you know what she told me, brothers and sisters? Kamla told me that the day after the General Election, she would invite President Richards and Mrs Richards to move into the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, until the President’s House is rebuilt.” The crowd went wild and cheered for several minutes. Persad-Bissessar who sat at the head table reviewing her speech, looked up and smiled.
“Now that is a woman who cares. That is how a prime minister should be, a person who cares for one and all,” he said. Warner said it was very instructive that while the country’s Head of State lives in a cottage, Prime Minister Patrick Manning lives in a palace, has White Hall, has his own band (Divine Echoes), has a multi-storey office on St Clair and has the Red House being converted for his official office.
“He sits at the table and eats the bread while the rest of the country gets the crumbs.” Earlier in his address, Warner called on, “my friends in the PNM”, to not to share in Manning’s sins for they shall reap the plagues.
“The Scriptures tell you, in the Book of Revelations, Chapter 18, verse four, it says, ‘And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues.’ I warn all of you, especially my PNM friends, do not share in Manning’s sins,” Warner said.
He also told the gathering that when Manning spoke to three specially selected journalists on television ‘live’ on Sunday night, he instead chose to look at cartoons.
“I watched Bugs Bunny, because I found the cartoons to be more interesting,” Warner said as the crowd laughed. He said that after Manning’s interview on Sunday night, Persad-Bissessar also spoke ‘live’ in an interview on a television news station. “And do you know, the polls showed that Kamla’s debate found favour with 91 percent of persons polled to Manning’s nine percent,” Warner said.
Congress of the People (COP) leader Winston Dookeran, at a COP meeting last night in Arima also condemned the collapse of the roof and walls of the west wing at President’s House.
“The collapse of the roof at President’s House is symbolic of the fact that Manning’s government has collapsed and we the People’s Partnership must come together and form the next government,” Dookeran said of the state of President’s House during the meeting at Angel Harps Panyard, Olton Road, Arima.