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Bush denies Hewitts claim

Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush takes to Facebook to defend himself.
Mr Bush, in a lengthy post on his Facebook page, refuted claims the United Democratic Party (UDP,) as it was then called, had promised to pay for the election petition filed by Gordon Hewitt and his wife Velma Powery-Hewitt in 2013.
The Hewitts challenged the legality of Employment Minister Hon. Tara Rivers’s election in West Bay and lost. Mrs Powery- Hewitt contested the West Bay electoral district the 2013 elections.
The couple claim they are facing bankruptcy with a US$200, 000 bill from the failed petition. They allege they were told the UDP would foot the bill.

But Mr Bush, in his post, says no such agreement was made by him or his party.
He says, “People who know me a little bit and those who know me well and good know that if I say I’m going to do something, I do it even when it hurts me. They know I help people in all corners of our islands. They know I help, I don’t hurt.”

The Hewitts bankruptcy claim is being heard before the court. The next hearing is scheduled for February. Mr Hewitt was given time to locate and file documents to confirm his lack of assets to pay.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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