No reason for changes, says analyst
The Prime Minister’s third Cabinet reshuffle gives the country the impression the Government is not stable, says political analyst Dr Winford James.
Speaking to the Express by phone, in response to questions on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s changes to her Cabinet, James said the Prime Minister’s judgment comes into question.
Noting the elevation of Gary Griffith to the Minister of National Security, James said both the Prime Minister and Griffith owe the country an explanation as to why he (Griffith) resigned from the United National Congress (UNC), which Persad-Bissessar leads.
“How is it that he is going to provide a better ministership to National Security; what is it that makes Mr Griffith better suited that anybody else?” asked James, adding the public are at a disadvantage as it simply does not know.
“For one thing, people like me, and I imagine the rest of the public, don’t see how these so-called realignment of competencies will ensure that the particular ministries are better run,” he said.
James said the public does not have enough information on the competencies of the various ministers.
He noted the splitting of the Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Land and Marine Resources may be a good move as attention would be focused on key areas.
However, James remained critical of the shifting of competencies from one ministry to the other.
“I do not know how (moving) Cadiz from Tourism to Transport, we are going to get better results from either ministry. I don’t know that shifting George from National Security to the Ministry of Justice that we are going to get a better justice system...we don’t have the explanation as to why she’s doing these things,” said James.
The Prime Minister, in reshuffling her Cabinet, once again was giving the impression she does not know what she was doing, he said.
“Is she getting along with senior people? Is there a falling out? Is she trying to show she is really in charge?” asked James.