Former Minister of Justice Herbert Volney made a statement by text yesterday immediately following his dismissal by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday: "Tis the will of God. He closes one door, but will open another".
But while Volney was able to already look past the issue, Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah was not satisfied with Persad-Bissessar's explanation and the dismissal yesterday.
"It is clear that public pressure forced the Prime Minister's decision," Abdulah said yesterday.
Abdulah said if she did plan to investigate the matter thoroughly before making a decision, then the actions of both her and her Cabinet would have "been different" during the past two weeks.
"Minister (of National Security Jack) Warner insisted that the Prime Minister had absolutely no need whatsoever to say anything," he said.
"Their initial attitude was to move on, Warner met me on the corridor of a media house and said 100,000 people could march, it would not bring down the Government, but what we are seeing now is the power of the people," he said.
"They were forced to change course given the groundswell of citizens against this issue," he said.
Abdulah said the public may not be satisfied with just Volney's dismissal. He said while the Prime Minister apologised to the Chief Justice and the President for the fiasco, she allowed Warner to get away with his attack on the President.
"I realise that the Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was unscathed and notwithstanding the fact that he was out of the country, he ought to have been aware," he said.
Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) head and Oilfields Workers Trade Union leader Ancel Roget was also not satisfied with either the Prime Minister's explanation or Volney's dismissal. He too called for action against Ramlogan and Warner.
"The Prime Minister crafted a way out of the whole fiasco for the Attorney General but it does not insulate him," Roget said.
Roget said there were "contradictions" in the Prime Ministers statement and said while he had to meet with the rest of the JTUM to discuss it, he too believed her explanations had nothing to do with integrity or accountability, but with public outcry.
"There were a lot of contradictions. Why didn't she wait for a full investigations before firing (former Minister in the Ministry of National Security) Colin Partap? She fired him within 24 hours and then we hear his side," Roget said.
He said the Prime Minister spoke about integrity being one of the People's Partnership's pillars.
"How can she say that but still retain someone like Warner?" he asked.