Monday 6 July, 2020

Kamla: No problem with sharing my number

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she has no problem with sharing her number with the public.

Persad-Bissessar said to LoopTT in a brief call that she did not mind sharing her number after government slammed former minister Devant Maharaj for sharing the contact numbers of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, National Security Minister Stuart Young, and Education Minister Anthony Garcia

"Certainly I can share my number, my number is 6**-****. That's my number, call me," she said. 

When asked whether she approved of Maharaj's actions, Persad-Bissessar disconnected the call. Additional calls to her phone went unanswered. 

She later said in a statement that government needs to 'grow up'.

"Rowley and the PNM need to grow up. The country is in a mess with increasing murders, mass unemployment, a shrinking economy, collapsed health care, crumbling infrastructure, dysfunctional sea-bridge, homelessness and extreme poverty and, 2019 is projected to be worse."

"Instead of addressing these serious issues, they have spent four days fighting with Devant Maharaj about phone numbers!! Where are their priorities? Their behaviour is puerile and immature. They need to grow up and deal with the issues which the population demands they address."

"Governance is serious business; people's lives and livelihood are at stake," the statement said.

Maharaj was condemned by Communications Minister and Minister of National Security Stuart Young after sharing the contact numbers over the weekend via social media. 

Dr Rowley said he received threats after his number was shared and was forced to disconnect the number, while Young said to LoopTT that he would not be changing his number. 

Education Minister Anthony Garcia said to media that he was unfazed by Maharaj's actions.

The PNM Women's League said Maharaj's actions amounted to harassment and called on him to cease and desist. 

Maharaj said to media that he would not stop but would be sharing more numbers in future. 


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