Saturday 28 November, 2020

Abdulah: What is the PNM's plan for recovery?

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has been accused of attempting to present the Roadmap to Recovery plan as a plan developed by the People’s National Movement (PNM).

The accusation comes from Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) leader David Abdulah who called out the Prime Minister for what he said was a level of dishonesty in putting forward a plan not created by the PNM.

At a political meeting on Thursday where the MSJ’s manifesto was unveiled, the MSJ leader said the party was the first to put out a “serious manifesto”, a recovery plan for the country post-COVID-19.

He noted that there has been no manifesto presented by the PNM. A manifesto is expected in the coming days.

“The Government now is talking about recovery and economic policies not based on what they produced as a party but based on the 23-member Government committee that was appointed to come up with a roadmap.

Now, to me, that is not an honest approach to putting forward the PNM’s policy. What you are putting forward is a document that other people who are not members of the PNM contributed to… so you can’t come now and put that out as your PNM policy.”

“That is wrong Dr Rowley and we call you out for that as being wrong,” Abdulah continued.

The MSJ leader also accused PNM candidate for Moruga/Tableland Winston “Gypsy” Peters of taking an MSJ plan and palming it off as his own.

Abdulah referenced a proposal for the provision of lands for use by traditional users of marijuana.

“I hear Gypsy talking about that but the first person to speak about that was myself on a platform… in a rally on Woodford Square in October or November last year. I spoke about that for the first time publicly. That is an MSJ policy.”

He called on the PNM candidate to admit that he lifted the idea off of the MSJ.

Meanwhile, Abdulah called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to sign the agreement with Patriotic Energies and Technologies Company Limited to hand over the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

The MSJ leader said the Opposition leader and her colleagues should keep quiet and not try to interfere as “cockroach have no business in fowl business.”

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