Rowley: Political, governance crisis
‘PM unable to make sound choices’
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s third Cabinet reshuffle is a sign of a collapsed Government and the only sane solution is a general election, says Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
“The chaotic approach to managing our country’s affairs simply demonstrates the Prime Minister’s woeful inability to make sound choices in the interest of our country. Three major Cabinet reshuffles in just over 36 months are evidence of a leader that is floundering,” said Rowley.
Rowley pointed out the previous two reshuffles did not bring about “a scintilla of improvement to the quality of service to taxpayers”.
“It is clear that we are in the throes of the most severe political and governance crisis that our country has ever seen. The country has lost all confidence in this Government and this Prime Minister,” said Rowley.
He noted in the past three years, this country has had two health ministers, two justice ministers, four ministers of national security, three ministers of works, two ministers of local government, two ministers of transport, two finance ministers, two energy ministers, two public administration ministers, two ministers of trade and industry, among others.
“After all of this, salvation is now to come from the latest offerings of Capt Gary Griffith who, incidentally, has finally prevailed in the area of national security,” said Rowley.
“The People’s National Movement (PNM) is calling on the people of Trinidad and Tobago to observe with sobriety, the lack of vision, lack of discipline and the lack of judgment in the decisions of our Government and our Prime Minister,” he added.
Rowley stated the Prime Minister’s reshuffle is more about deceit, public relations and “quelling growing power plays and ministerial self-interest and preservation in a coalition Government that has failed miserably and is unravelling further every day, much to the detriment of the citizens”.
He described the Prime Minister as a “lame duck” who was operating on incredulous utterances and insulting assertions.
“When the Prime Minister, in her fourth year of chaotic Government, could preface her speech today by pointing to the three major achievements of her Government as the bailing out of CLICO, the issuing of food cards and the distribution of HDC (Housing Development Corporation) houses, then it confirms to even its greatest apologists that this Government is grasping at straws since all of these were in place before they came into being,” said Rowley.
He pointed out that CLICO was bailed out under the PNM government, houses were distributed under the PNM and food cards were in operation before Persad-Bissessar became Prime Minister.