Saturday, December 16, 2017

Panday: Poor leadership choices

Former prime minister Basdeo Panday said PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s decision to accept the resignation of ex-tourism minister Chandresh Sharma is a reflection of “the incapacity of the leader to choose correct people”.

Sharma, 54, resigned in the wake of a police probe into reports against him by his ex-girlfriend, Sacha Singh, 30, who alleged the former minister assaulted her at Grand Bazaar car park on March 12.

In a telephone interview yesterday,  Panday, who was also political leader of the United National Congress (UNC), said: “He (Sharma) should not have been a minister. She (Persad-Bissessar) was quite amiss to appoint all these people and then fire them. She should have fired them before she appointed them...that move would have been much more acceptable.

“Thirteen people fired in four years is an indication of the incapacity of the leader to choose correctly. To choose the wrong people and fire them and claim moral excellence is rather comical,” he added.  

—Michelle Loubon