Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Carmona: I feel I can make a positive difference

Justice Anthony Carmona has described the decision to accept his nomination as President as a "difficult" one.

In a brief interview with TV6's Head of News Dominic Kalipersad last night shortly after the announcement was made by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Carmona said "it was indeed a difficult decision".

"As my Chief Justice (Ivor Archie) had indicated to the country at large, my departure was pending. Of course I indicated to all and sundry that my assumption date at the ICC (International Criminal Court) would have been March 1. In fact, I have been sent confirmed bookings to leave this country on February 28," he said.

"But because, you know, I am in the business of humanity and that I have to admit in fact that I have been engaged in public service all my life, I just felt when the call came that I had a responsibility to the national community to join that vanguard, that silent vanguard of persons in the society that want a better society," Carmona added.

"I feel compelled in the circumstances that, given the opportunity, I feel that I can make a positive difference and an affirmative difference in the life of the average citizen. I do appreciate the constraints placed on the presidency by the Constitution but I've always operated on a motto, my mantra is "do the right thing and it begins with the man in the mirror" and I feel in the circumstances that I can give genuine, honest service to every single citizen in Trinidad and Tobago," he said.