Sunday, December 17, 2017

PNM: Disrespectful Attorney General must go

The People’s National Movement (PNM) yesterday called for the firing of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan over what it called disrespectful and vulgar remarks he made in Parliament toward St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh on Friday night.

Chairman of the PNM Franklin Khan said Ramlogan’s response to Deyalsingh’s contribution was discussed at length at yesterday’s general council meeting.

During debate on the Dangerous Dog (Amendment) Bill on Friday night at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, Ramlogan directed comments at Deyalsingh about being agitated that he was unable to provide services to an ex-girlfriend on Valentine’s night.

Despite being called by Deputy Speaker Nela Khan to apologise for the remarks, Ramlogan was adamant he would not succumb to “screaming shouts” of apology and sought to justify his comments by saying Deyalsingh’s “friend”, Kritel-Marie Ramnath, an animal behaviourist had sought a consultancy contract from his ministry.

The Opposition members walked out of Parliament over Ramlogan’s comments resulting in the Bill being passed by a majority.

 Fanklin Khan, at a media briefing at Balisier House, Port of Spain, said the general council of the PNM condemned the “distasteful, disrespectful, vulgar and uncouth” attack by Ramlogan on Deyalsingh and called for his removal.

Khan noted that it was not the first time that the PNM had called for the removal of the Attorney General when he had crossed the line without success. He observed that the PNM had called for his removal over Section 34.

He noted that if nothing was done to censure the AG’s behaviour, the public would decide in May 2015.

Questioned on the party’s readiness for internal elections, Khan noted that a preliminary list was expected to be prepared by April 15 and then the electoral process would be handed over to the PNM’s elections supervisory committee.

He said the party was vigilant in its recruitment process as it was wary of new members joining the PNM to influence the outcome of the internal elections. He noted that the PNM’s screening committee was done on a constituency basis before another screening was done by the party’s executives at Balisier House.

Khan noted that the general council also voted to establish a constitution commission to review the Government’s proposed constitution reform draft.  The members of the commission are former house speaker Barry Sinanan (chairman), former attorneys general Brigid Annisette-George, John Jeremie and Glenda Morean, economist Terrence Farrell and Anslem London. See Page 4