Sunday, January 21, 2018

A breeding ground for criminality

 Disbelief, disrespect, disregard, shock and horror would be some of the justifiable emotions experienced after learning of the Prime Minister’s lack of alacrity in dealing with LifeSport. The recently completed  Central Audit Committee’s report detailing in 53 pages a programme riddled with corruption, millions upon millions unaccounted for, rampant and blatant theft and the utmost disregard to the most basic of procurement regulations, youth, at risk and otherwise, abused and used as pawns to fatten the coffers of others.

Am I surprised that the Sport Minister even at this juncture engaged in his usual desk thumping and shouts, or at least murmurs of yes and eh heh, as Roodal Moonilal, lauded the idea of LifeSport in the Parliament? Am I surprised that Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar also skirted over the issue of the direct responsibility of her line Minister of Sport and made no mention of any action disciplinary, investigatory or otherwise where he is concerned?

My answer is no, I am not surprised at all, her response and actions or lack thereof, was actually expected, what I hope for however, is that the Members of Parliament with a modicum of integrity, would finally stand up and apart, and let their voices even if it be the lone voice, be heard. Though LifeSport will be buried, life goes on after 2015, what would your personal legacy be, Ms Seepersad Bachan, Mr Winston Dookeran, Mr Lincoln Douglas, Senator Gary Griffith, there is still time to do the right thing. Citizens, we need to do the right thing for our country.

Luana Lezama