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Thursday 13 August, 2020

Gov’t forced to do CPL damage control after someone impersonates CMO

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley claimed that someone impersonated someone from the Chief Medical Officer’s office and communicated with the organisers of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). 

Dr Rowley made the revelation while explaining the government’s logic for hosting the competition despite the borders remaining closed. 

He said the communication, although false, was enough for the government to have to explain their position on hosting the competition during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Would you believe that some person in Trinidad and Tobago appears to have impersonated the CMO’s office and has sent to the CPL contrary information causing this whole matter to now be questioned as to whether the CMO will be held in Trinidad and Tobago?” he questioned. 

Without revealing what the fraudster said, Dr Rowley blasted the mischief attached to the allegations made. 

“There are people in this country who are prepared to undermine the national efforts so that the country will fail so that they may succeed in their ambitions and their agenda,” he said. 

Addressing detractors who took issue with CPL players being allowed to come into Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Rowley explained that it was partly an economic decision. 

“To host the tournament here and to keep within the protocols set by the CMO, the Hilton rooms were deemed to be available to 250 paying people and let me answer the question; no, the government will not be paying for CPL personnel. CPL personnel will be hoteled at the hotel at their expense and that will reduce on the taxpayers’ shoulder, the burden of $2.6 million a month doing nothing,” he explained. 

The Prime Minister explained that the government couldn’t be hypocritical in asking private sector companies to keep their employees, while they were not doing the same.  

“To keep the Hyatt open and to keep almost 400 people with their jobs cost taxpayers $8 million a month. To keep the Hilton open and approximately 400 workers, cost $2.6 million a month and the Magdalena with almost 200 workers involved, $1.3 million a month,” he explained. 

Those coming into Trinidad and Tobago that agree to pay their own way for state-supervised quarantine bring in revenue through state-owned hotels, while those requiring state-quarantine facilities do so at the expense of taxpayers. 

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