Rowley turns down 'Express' interview
OPPOSITION Leader Dr Keith Rowley declined to speak with the Express twice yesterday following the presentation of the national budget.
He spoke with other media houses at the Parliament chamber at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, following the maiden budget presentation by Finance Minister Larry Howai.
The Express attempted to speak with Rowley after he stepped out of the Parliament building around 3.50 p.m., and asked if he had previously spoken to one of our reporters, but Rowley said he had already spoken to the media and left. Calls to his cellular phone later in the afternoon were not answered.
The Express then visited the offices of the Opposition Leader at Charles Street, Port of Spain, around 5 p.m. when Rowley was about to begin his post-budget meeting. The Express asked his communications officer, Arlene Gorin-George, whether we could speak briefly speak with him.
After about five minutes Gorin-George returned and said Rowley would not be able to do the interview at the time because he had already started his meeting. Following another request he did allow the Express to take a photograph of the meeting.
The Express tried again last night to reach Rowley for a comment but was unsuccessful.