Tuesday, January 16, 2018

...FITUN: Track records warrant full probe

The Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs (FITUN) on Thursday called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to “immediately investigate” the allegations that Government ministers were involved in “intimidation tactics at the Trinidad Guardian”. 

In a media release signed by FITUN president Joseph Remy, the federation said the only way Persad-Bissessar could “rekindle” lost credibility was by taking decisive action against the ministers found guilty.

Remy said Persad-Bissessar has claimed she was unaware of any such interference but recalled other matters where she made similar claims.

“Let us recall in the past that the PM’s previous claims of ignorance had been espoused during the Reshmi Ramnarine appointment, the Sasha “Janice Thomas” Mohammed e-mail threats, the allegations levelled against her former minister of national security (which now finds favour with the UNC on the campaign trail), the Section 34 debacle and most recently the fire truck fiasco. 

“FITUN cannot accept that the leader of the Partnership is oblivious of the actions of those persons for whom she has direct supervisory responsibility,” Remy said.

Remy said while the allegations were unsubstantiated, the walkout by three journalists cannot be ignored.

“These individuals, Dr Sheila Rampersad, Ms Denyse Renne and Ms Anika Gumbs-Sandiford all have proven track records and therefore their action to resign from the Guardian and place their journalistic integrity first ought to force the most thorough investigation to bring the truth into the public,” he said.

The organisation called for the Prime Minister to reign in her “rogue ministers” or it will appear that she endorsed the alleged action.