PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described the comments made by Congress of the People (COP) member Nalini Dial regarding San Fernando Mayor Marlene Coudray as "insensitive and totally out of place".
Persad-Bissessar visited Coudray's home in Ste Madeleine on Tuesday night, to offer support to Coudray, whose daughter has gone missing in Jamaica. A burnt body found in a canefield at Cornwall, Montego Bay on Monday, is likely that of the 39-year-old mother of three.
Marlene Coudray flew to Jamaica yesterday to help police identify the body.
Persad-Bissessar, along with Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner, Local Government Minister Chandresh Sharma, and Housing and Environment Minister Roodal Moonilal, spent several hours with Coudray on Tuesday.
Regarding Dial's Facebook comments, Persad-Bissessar said, "I think it is not for me to judge the mind of a person, but I do believe in these circumstances that the entire nation will judge the remarks as totally insensitive".
She said, "We are all women, sisters, and mothers, and so it is not for me to condemn, but I would say, if I had to judge, I would say that was very insensitive, totally out of place. I ask my sister Marlene, not to take on the ranting of someone who doesn't understand human nature and the love of a mother for a child."
The COP has condemned Dial for her statements, stating that her view did not represent the political party.
Coudray left yesterday for Jamaica accompanied by Larry Achong and her brother, carrying Michelle Coudray's dental records.
Coudray told reporters on Tuesday that the dentist was helpful in delivering the necessary documents in time for her travel.
Persad-Bissessar said through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she had spoken with the High Commissioner in Jamaica, Dr Iva Camille Gloudon and Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller.
She said there has not been an official statement that the body reportedly found on Monday at Cornwell on the outskirts of Montego Bay was that of Michelle Coudray.
Warner describes Dial's comments as words of a "crazy" person.
Warner said, "Craziness comes in all forms. Craziness comes in all fashion. But I never thought that craziness would have come in the form of what I have read today from Nalini Dial. And I am sorry for her. I am more sorry for her than you can imagine. For someone to try and be so brutal and so cruel in the face of the problems being experienced by Marlene Coudray, is inexplicable. The least I could say about that, the better."
Persad-Bissessar said that they will host an interfaith service in honour of Coudray and her loved ones.
She said the children of Michelle Coudray are in good spirits, but there were missing the jokes and cooking of their mother.