Sunday, January 21, 2018

Rowley: I never had Max's letter

Opposition denies media leak...

THE OFFICE of the Opposition Leader yesterday added its voice to the chorus of those distancing themselves from correspondence between Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and President George Maxwell Richards being leaked to the media.

In an article in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper published yesterday, it was reported that "Rowley at a news conference on Tuesday, produced the December 7 letter written by the President to the PM seeking information on the Section 34 matter".

"It is necessary for the Office of the Opposition Leader to issue a clear statement on the matter of leaked correspondence between President George Maxwell Richards and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar," a release stated yesterday.

"Furthermore, Dr Rowley was not then, nor is he now in possession of the letter written by the President to the Prime Minister or the response written by the Prime Minister to the President and is unaware of the specific content of both," the release stated.

The Office of the Opposition Leader stated it was "downright erroneous" to claim otherwise.

"Dr Rowley did however inform the media (having been questioned various times on the matter) of a response from the President to the Roundtable's request that he (the President) invoke his powers under Section 81 in relation to the Section 34 fiasco," the release stated.

"In addressing the issue, Dr Rowley referred to a letter received by him from the President and to statements made by Government spokespersons reported to the media," it stated.

"We therefore categorically deny responsibility for leaking any letter from the President to the Prime Minister," it stated.