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Moonilal demands answers on HDC raid

Roodal Moonilal

Oropouche East MP Dr Roodal Moonilal has noted a lack of response to his recent claims in Parliament that audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) once conducted an unlawful search of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) premises.

He hit Government and PwC for staying silent on his claim that without the HDC board’s consent, PwC entered the HDC and seized confidential documents. Moonilal alleged the PwC was selected without a public tender to conduct an audit.

“In addition, the Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Ltd, breached confidentiality clauses and overstepped its strict legal boundaries in providing sensitive and classified information to PwC about senior HDC officials who were arbitrarily fired by the Rowley regime. The auditing firm bypassed the Minister of Housing and HDC Board of Directors and reported directly to the Minister of Everything,” Moonilal claimed in a press release.

He also complained that at a time of critical shortage of foreign currency, PWC was paid US$138,000. He said Finance Minister Colm Imbert, Housing Minister Randall Mitchell and other ministers spoke in the debate on his private motion, but did not respond to his claims about PwC.

Moonilal accused the Government of blatantly breaching laws, statutory regulations and protocol. “In its 26 months in national office, the government has undertaken costly and dead-end political witch-hunts, subverted and undermined independent institutions and facilitated extensive corruption and nepotism.” He accused the Government of shielding friends and associates linked to wrongdoing.

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