Rowley in the square: Political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley arrives at yesterday’s launch at Woodford Square, Port of Spain.
—Photo: MICHEAL BRUCE
Rowley: UNC trying to hide cabal
Ria Taitt Political Editor
The campaign heat started yesterday on the People’s National Movement platform as political leader Keith Rowley declared that no member of the United National Congress “cabal” was in that party’s advertisements promoting the People’s Partnership campaign launch. That launch is scheduled to be held tonight.
“No (Suruj) Rambachan, no (Roodal) Moonilal, no (Chandresh) Sharma,” Rowley declared yesterday as he addressed a mass public rally at Woodford Square.
The party presented 136 candidates for the October 21 local government election as well as a manifesto before a large, highly energised and upbeat crowd.
“While the PNM could proudly put on the stage without fear the officers of our party to take part in this (launch), they (the People’s Partnership) have to be very careful about whose name they put in their advertisement.
Go and look at the ad. Not a member of the cabal... They hiding the cabal from the people of Trinidad and Tobago. And so the people they publicise to launch their campaign (are): “Embau Moheni. Who he?” Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan. Remember she? Errol McLeod, yuh know who’s he?” Rowley asked.
But it was Tobago leader Orville London, who captured the imagination of the crowd with his dramatic “shark/fish” analogy.
“We have a saying in Tobago, when fish come out of the sea and tell yuh, ‘shark dey’, stay away’. “Yes!” the crowd shouted. “That is you (in Trinidad) told us in Tobago. You told us ‘shark dey’ because you used to get bite in Trinidad. And we stay away. But the situation get worse now.
Because shark themselves coming out of the sea and telling yuh ‘shark dey’”. The crowd roared its approval. People went wild and people were jumping up and down.
“So when Jack Warner, come out of the sea, and tell yuh that a cabal has taken charge of the Cabinet and the country being run on the basis of race, religion and geography, believe him, cause he’s a shark,” London thundered, to loud cheers.
“And when Jack Warner tell you that under the guise of collective responsibility, everyone was prepared to do wrong, believe him, he’s a shark,” London piped. The crowd was just loving this.
“And when he tell you corruption was institutionalised, believe him, cause he was in the sea with them,” London continued.
“And when Kamla Persad-Bissessar tell you that Jack Warner can’t leave the country for whatever reason, believe her too,” he said.
“And when Moonilal tell yuh he going and drop a bomb on Warner every two days, believe him, he was in the same shark-infested sea,” he concluded.
“Jack Warner was the man assigned to lead the campaign in Tobago. And I say, if the PNM would have put a sound whipping on the UNC that included Jack Warner, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, COP, TOP and others several months ago in Tobago, what kind of licking should we put on them now. We beat all of them together, now they divided what should be happening?” he asked.
He said there was more evidence now to reject all these elements.
London said the people of Tobago rejected “bribery and brandishment”.
He said the people told the Partnership which included Warner that it was not only about the politics of delivery but delivery with integrity.
Rowley, who spoke after London, took up the baton, attacking as “the other side of the cabal”, the Independent Liberal Party.
“Where else could you ever hear about a political party with a chairman and acting Prime Minister who could walk out of the Government and the very next day form a political party and all that he has done to date is to tell you about how corrupt his (former) party was and his Government was,” Rowley said.
Rowley told the crowd to pay attention to Moonilal’s threat to Warner that he (Moonilal) had a huge file on him and for every mark that Warner “buss”, he (Moonilal) would “buss” two on him. “Both sides of the cabal know what the other side is guilty of,” Rowley said.
He said the population “only had to listen to Warner” to hear “who have houses, who have cars, who have women, who have men, who have money.”
He had this message for Warner: “You could jump high, you could jump low... You are all one and the same. You are all peas in a same pod and you will all be kicked out of office,”
On the COP, Rowley said, “If the UNC was bad, the COP was worse because they upheld every wrong of the UNC while pretending to be the moral compass... Tonight I say, COP dead. Funeral October 21.”