Imbert: Stop treating
'Diego' like an outcast
OPPOSITION Member of Parliament (MP) Colm Imbert has called on the People's Partnership administration to stop treating Diego Martin like an "outcast".
Imbert made the statement last Thursday night, as the People's National Movement (PNM) held a post-budget public meeting at the Starlite Shopping Plaza in Diego Martin.
Imbert said since the election of the People's Partnership coalition into office in May 2010, Diego Martin has been affected by three natural disasters.
Imbert said the Government's response on all three occasions was "distasteful".
Imbert's take on the treatment of Diego Martin was echoed by all speakers at the meeting.
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley slammed the government for doing "absolutely nothing for Diego Martin", and accused the Government of discrimination against the area.
Rowley said Diego Martin was being punished because the area voted for three PNM MPs.
Rowley said the Government was of the view that by stifling support to Diego Martin, voters would side with the People's Partnership in the next general election.
While Diego Martin is being starved of funding People's Partnership-controlled constituencies were being adequately supported financially, he said.
Rowley listed a number of billion-dollar projects being financed by the People's Partnership in South Trinidad.