Rowley: UNC afraid to run in PoS
Carla Bridglal firstname.lastname@example.org
The United National Congress (UNC) is “afraid and ashamed” to field a candidate in Diego Martin and Port of Spain, that is why they put the “idiots” from the Congress of the People (COP) to contest those corporations in the upcoming local government elections, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said on Saturday night.
“The city of Port of Spain has been downgraded by this Government and that will have serious economic consequences in the face of the crime in East Port of Spain...the Government has passed a $61 billion budget without $61 for East Port of Spain.
“You understand why there will not be a single UNC candidate in Port of Spain and Diego Martin? When you think you voting COP you really voting UNC because every single thing the UNC has done that is bad, the COP was right there (supporting),” Rowley said as he addressed the crowd at a meeting to launch the party’s local government elections manifesto at Bournes Road, St James.
Rowley also lashed out at Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim interim leader Jack Warner, branding him the man “personally responsible” for “all the damage and destruction done in Trinidad and Tobago”.
Rowley said he was using (the political platform) to publicly ask Warner what he and officials from OAS Construtora discussed in June 2010 at the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, three weeks after the Government came into office, at a meeting where the “Point Fortin highway was divvied up”.
He said a contract for $7 billion was awarded and while it was going on the whole country had ground to a halt economically as the Government had to fund that contract at the expense of hospitals and schools.
Rowley also likened the position of current National Security Minister Gary Griffith to that of when Warner was appointed, as both were under police investigation when they were appointed to oversee the police.
He referred to “emailgate”, noting that along with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Griffith was under police investigation.
He slammed the COP for supporting the “dotishness” and “nonsense” that was Griffith’s appointment.
“Where is the (emailgate) investigation now? Being “lawyered” to death. While the investigation is dumbfounding the police, who are unable to give an explanation, Griffith is elevated—a man under police investigation is elevated to oversee the police. Can this happen anywhere else? Only in Trinidad and Tobago, where the Prime Minister has total disregard and disrespect (for the citizens).”
Rowley criticised Griffith’s attempts to secure offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and other crime-fighting assistance from Colombia.
“He went to Colombia to get some OPVs that could drive in the road. That is what is passing as management here. (The Government) has spent four years destroying the basic structure of crime fighting and then when all else fails tell us dotishness. Of all the places to look for OPVs—Colombia. Of all the places to look for help to fight crime and drug-dealing and help for training police men—Colombia. As if we eh have enough Colombian problems in our Police Service they want to bring Colombians to train our Police Service.”
Rowley was particularly critical of COP political leader Prakash Ramadhar.
“This is the man who made his political career on ‘Axe the Tax’, giving you the notion that if the PNM is in power they will bring in property tax and take your house. (He and his colleagues) shut down the Revenue Authority, foregoing $1 billion to the Treasury—most of it from people who are wealthy and own significant commercial properties and who have not paid a cent in property taxes in the last three years.
“Those who should be paying taxes are collecting millions in cheques from the Government and putting it in their pocket because Prakash and his colleagues axe the tax and now they coming to bring back the property tax,” he said.