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Hochoy Charles: Robinson died a sad man

By Elizabeth Williams

Former Tobago House of Assembly (THA) chief secretary and Platform of Truth leader Hochoy Charles has said former president and prime minister Arthur NR Robinson died a sad man because the issue of constitutional reform for Tobago still remains to be addressed. 

“Mr Robinson wanted Tobago to get its power to fix Tobago. The conversation we had, people don’t understand. The man gone in the grave, I am very sad where that is concerned. 

“Mr Robinson has died a sad man because we still have not done this thing to give the people of Tobago the power,” Charles said. He made the remarks at a political meeting held by his party, in the village of Golden Lane, on Saturday.

Charles said Robinson’s decision to be buried in Tobago showed his nature. 

“Mr Robinson was there holding on and I am sure he heard that we started having these meetings and I know he heard we had them. We had the first meeting that went well, all the parties were there. The second meeting the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) did not turn up.” 

Charles said all parties needed to join together to deal with the issue of constitutional reform, including the TOP, TPT and the People’s National Movement (PNM). 

He said if this is not done, no one in Tobago would be freed and the people would remain divided. 

“All of us have to speak the same language in Tobago, so that we get liberation. This is the only way. Individuals are not important in liberation struggles. In liberation struggles it is the people to be liberated. 

“We must stand together and seek our liberation. That’s what standing together means. Then the system of governance will be delivered to the people. Forget the ILP, that is a new political party coming to Tobago, they come to do the same thing like the rest. Forget them. All of  them same khaki pants, different size of pocket.”

 Charles said uniting the people of Tobago must be the tribute that Tobago pays Robinson, who was the author of the struggle for Tobago.

“That he will feel good in his grave and with his God, do that and bring it home.” 

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