Friday 15 November, 2019

Hinds defends wider Beetham residents over flood incident

Acting Attorney General Fitzgerald Hinds is calling on the public to avoid the old adage, ‘Peter pay for Paul and Paul pay for all’, as it relates to the recent flood bath he received by some Beetham residents.

The MP for Laventille West visited members of his constituency who were affected by flooding on Tuesday when he was drenched by flood waters by some men in the street.

He filed a report to the Besson Street Police Station against the perpetrators the following day.

After which, calls to the Minister went unanswered as he remained mum on the issue.

He later took to Facebook just before midnight to address the incident.

In his post, Hinds pleaded with members of the public to not condemn all Beetham residents as it was only a few bad apples in the bunch.

“Apart from a mere handful of them, the larger community and in particular, those who were flooded out welcomed us and were at all times respectful! Don’t condemn Beetham, not all persons living there behave in that way! But this is Trinidad!"

Meanwhile, Hinds defended himself against claims that he neglected his constituency.

He said contrary to reports, he practically “lives” in Beetham.

“The fact is that I almost “live” there! Within the past month, I have been to the Beetham about four times. Had a meeting for about 100 persons. Only about ten showed up. The NWRHA had Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and I host an all day Health Fair which was broadcast on TV, to mention just two. I have hosted several development programs and Beetham participated, at least those who were interested. I have impacted many lives in that community! Those who know, well know!”

Hinds also criticized “Ralph, a drunken and paid UNC activist” for claiming that he has neglected Beetham for three years.

He said he has impacted many lives in that community making mention of his contribution to the improved SEA performance in primary schools.

He said apart from the mere handful of them, the larger community and in particular, those who were flooded out welcomed both he and councillor Akil Audain and treated them with respect.

 

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