Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Panday turned 84 today, and hoping against hope...for change

Former prime minister Basdeo Panday.

Former prime minister Basdeo Panday turned 84-years-old today.

But there will be no grand celebration, he says.

Panday said he would spend the day at home doing the things to had always wanted to do.

In a telephone interview with the Express Panday said, “I am home and enjoying the fact that I was born. It gets rather busy doing the things I always wanted to do but never had the opportunity to do so because I was so swallowed up by politics.”

Panday said he was completing his biography, learning to play the harmonium, reskinned his dholak and spends hours listening to Indian classical music.

The tip of the iceberg

Panday said he was convinced that the recent revelations in the Peoples Partnership Government (PNM) was only the “tip of the iceberg”.

And he warned the public that there was more to come.

However, he said, the constitution does not provide for the people to question the Government and so it was up to the media to raise the issues.

“I am looking on and hoping against hope that there will be change, but I am convinced that there will be none as long as the present political system remains. I think had it not been for the media that had raised these problems the public will not know about it because the constitution does not provide for the people to question so that is probably only the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

Panday said with the change in Government in 2015, the nation had hoped for “an abatement of the corruption, waste and mismanagement of the previous Government”.

“But apparently this is not so,” he said.