Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar promised the people last night that if Members of Parliament do not perform and do not serve them, they will be fired.
Persad-Bissessar was speaking at the People’s Partnership “Homecoming” rally at Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas where UNC, COP and NJAC supporters turned out for the final mass political meeting.
The right of recall whereby the people will have the power to recall MPs who are not doing their jobs was a promise in the People’s Partnership 2010 manifesto.
Last night the Prime Minister disclosed that the draft legislation to effect this was prepared this weekend.
“Your MPs have all been instructed, go back, hit the ground, connect, connect, connect!” she said as the crowd roared in approval.
“MPs beware if you do not reconnect with the people who placed you in office we will fire MPs who do not reconnect with you!” she added.
She said: “You have my website, you have my Facebook, you have my email, tell me when your MP fails to come back to reconnect with you, let me know!..I will respond to you! I will!”
She said the only reason why Government members can put on “jacket and tie” and go to the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) hotel and the Parliament was because the people gave them the authority to so do through their votes.
“That is why I have had prepared legislation this weekend which I will bring shortly to the Parliament to have what is called a right of recall of MPs who fail to perform. It’s coming to Parliament,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar arrived at the venue just after 6 p.m. to the American pop song “Home” by Phillip Phillips and spent close to an hour walking through the thick crowd, shaking hands, kissing children and posing for photographs with supporters.
When she finally got to the stage she called Government members to the front to greet the people.
She joined hands with Congress of the People leader Prakash Ramadhar as people armed with COP and UNC flags danced.
The Prime Minister addressed the crowd at around 7.15 p.m and spoke for almost an hour where she reiterated her loyalty and devotion to serving the people.
“Welcome home!” she shouted as she began her speech.
During the campaign trail the Prime Minister stressed that voting for Jack Warner’s Independent Liberal Party will split the vote and result in a PNM victory.
She repeated that last night as she recalled history and pointed out that Team Unity and the COP in the past caused the votes to be divided to the PNM’s benefit.
“Will we continue to make the same mistakes to split the vote again. Do not slip and slide at this election! Do not split your vote!” she charged.
She said the ILP’s promise of representation was “the greatest lie in the history of the country” as she warned the people to not vote for “criminals”.
Persad-Bissessar noted that the PNM was asking the country to believe in the party.
“I will tell you what to believe, sqaundermania, wastage, Guanapo church, Treasury drained,” she said.
The Prime Minister said that should the PNM return to power, every project started under her regime will be “gone”.
She listed a number of them, including the Children’s Life Fund, laptops for children, pensions, roads for communities, Couva Children’s Hospital, Chancery Lane teaching hospital and Arima Hospital.