Rowley: We’re putting up chairman, deputy chairman for Chaguanas Corporation
The People’s National Movement will be putting up a chairman and deputy chairman for the Chaguanas Corporation, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday.
Asked whether the party would be prepared to engage in horse-trading in order to elect a mayor and a deputy mayor, Rowley said: “We would be putting up a chairman and deputy chairman and we would let the chamber (corporation) vote and based on what the chamber does from there, then we would see, who, what and where”.
Pointing to the Prime Minister’s statement that her Government would not negotiate with criminals, Rowley said he did not know who the Prime Minister was speaking about, “but judging from their campaign and the issues of the campaign, it is clear that she is not talking about us (the PNM)”.
The Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar had told the Express on Tuesday there would be no negotiations with the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) to gain control of the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.
“I am of the firm view there should never be negotiations with criminals, and so I will not negotiate with any party which supports criminals,” she said, via text, in response to a question on whether the People’s Partnership would negotiate with the ILP with respect to the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.
In a release issued from the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday, the Prime Minister attempted to clarify her position.
The release said the Prime Minister reminded the nation of the number of revelations made during the local government elections campaign on candidates who have faced and are currently facing various charges.
“I also make clear that while my Government will work with anyone to ensure that our citizens receive the services and benefits they deserve, we will not engage in any negotiations with any party which supports criminals. To do that will not only be flying in the face of democracy, but also a subversion of the political process.”