Ego or good governance, Mr Warner?
The first action of the Minister of National Security was not to move in on known criminals or dismantle the gangs or define an immediate crime plan. Rather, it was the blatant abuse of his constitutional powers to instruct the Army and Police forces to invade and destroy a 10 feet by 20 feet camp of civilians in south Trinidad.
The Highway Re-Route camp, manned by persons in sleeveless shirts and short pants, was destroyed under the direct supervision of Minister Warner.
Not only did he admit to giving direct instructions to the Head of the Defence Force to invade and destroy the camp, Minister Warner actively supervised, with folded arms, the entire process and then hastily ran to the media to pre-emptively justify his actions.
What could have prompted such a blatant abuse of power by a Minister of National Security, whose primary responsibility is to secure the safety of the citizens of T&T by ensuring the law is upheld at all times? Perhaps it is a personal response to the website comments on Mr Warner by the Re-Route Movement which questioned his suitability to hold his new position based on local and international perception of him.
If this is so, then we clearly have a dangerous situation where a personal vendetta takes precedence over not only law but the Constitution itself. Governance is about looking after the interests of those we seek to represent. Mr Warner...ego or governance?