HEAD of the National Trade Union Centre (Natuc) Michael Annisette has said that he attended the United National Congress' (UNC) Monday night forum in Fyzabad as an ordinary citizen and not a supporter of the political party.
Annisette, president-general of the Seamen and Waterfront Workers' Trade Union and a former independent senator, said it was not the first time he had attended a political meeting.
UNC chairman Jack Warner acknowledged Annisette's presence shortly after the meeting ended.
Warner invited Annisette to join Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and other Government ministers on the platform.
Annisette told the Express, "As a citizen I am entitled to attend meetings of any political party. It is not my first time. In fact, I have a history of attending political meetings. I was there when the NAR (National Alliance for Reconstruction) was launched. I attended PNM (People's National Movement) meetings and I was there when the COP (Congress of the People) was launched."
Annisette said he attended political meetings to listen to how issues affecting the country were being addressed. "I don't want any misunderstandings, I don't people to get the wrong idea," he said.
The UNC meeting was the third in a series by the political party which is seeking to report to the people on achievements.