Friday, January 19, 2018

I’m awaiting Anil’s report

PM not afraid to take action:


MUST BE SURE: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets supporters after the switching on of lights at Mendez Recreation Ground, Penal on Tuesday night. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

Mark Fraser

UP to Tuesday evening Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she was still awaiting a report from Sport Minister Anil Roberts regarding the ganja video that shows someone resembling him rolling a marijuana joint.

Persad-Bissessar said after she saw the video aired on TV6 News on May 21, she asked that Minister Roberts send her a report on the allegations and was waiting for a reply.

Roberts has refused to confirm or deny that the man in the video is him and has referred the matter to his lawyers.

Asked about the mater by members of the media during a function in Penal on Tuesday, Persad-Bissessar said she was not afraid to act accordingly, but preferred to wait on the evidence.

Following a ceremony to commemorate the installation of lights at Mendez Trace, Penal Rock Road, Penal, Persad-Bissessar said she was called to act in the past with other forms of misconduct involving Government ministers since she took office in 2010 and was not afraid to do so again.

She said she was made aware of the decision of the Congress of the People (COP) to suspend Roberts, through a telephone call from the COP’s political leader Prakash Ramadhar.

Persad-Bissessar refuted allegations that she received any letters from COP’s chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan asking that she terminate Roberts as a Government minister. She also denied receiving a report from Roberts.

She said, “I have received no such letters from her (Seepersad-Bachan) or no one else. I have asked Minister Roberts for a report on this matter on the allegations that are being made. I am yet to receive that report and in the interim, I allow the party of which he is a member to do their own work.”

Persad-Bissessar added, “I await Roberts’ report before I can say anything further. I hope to get his report sometime soon. Why do people think I will be afraid? Have I shown fear before? I am not afraid to do what I think is the right thing to do, but I have to be certain in my mind that God is there, the evidence is there. Whatever comes forward that it is sufficient to take action as regard, I am not afraid. I saw the video, I can’t say (whether it was Roberts) and that is why I await the report. I cannot say.”

On Monday night the COP’s executive of which Roberts is a member decided to suspend him for failure to cooperate and clear the air on the allegations that he was the man in the video rolling a marijuana joint.