Opposition chief whip Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is calling on Prime
Minister Patrick Manning to get out of the private jet business
before it backfires.
Maharaj said the acquisition of the jet was a deal filled with corruption
He called for a public investigation into Mannings role in
the acquisition of the jet and the reasons why the jet was kept
hidden from the public before it was exposed by the media and the
Maharaj was at the time speaking at a media conference after the
partys executive meeting on Wednesday at the Rienzi Complex,
Maharaj said Manning is using Caribbean Airlines as a vehicle to
hide the truth.
Maharaj claimed that the initiatives for the purchase of a private
jet originated with Manning at a time when the Government was under
scrutiny with the rapid rail project.
amount of releases from Caribbean Airlines could convince any reasonable
person that Caribbean Airlines has decided on its own in initiative
to acquire a private jet.
Maharaj said chairman of Caribbean Airlines Arthur Lok Jack has
admitted that the private jet business would not be economically
viable for at least two years.
He said the Government divested its holdings in BWIA so Caribbean
Airlines could make money.
want Mr Manning to deny it, or Mr Lok Jack to deny it that the Government
has underwritten any loss that Caribbean Airline would suffer in
the acquisition use and operation of Mr Mannings jet, that
is the truth and that is why Mr Manning is hiding.
Maharaj said Manning has fallen in love with jets, especially this
one, which is costing the country $500 million.
He said Manning was spending money as if the Treasury belonged to
him while nationals had to cope with bad health care, rising food
prices and a soaring crime rate.