Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Kamla readies for election: ‘Days of sleeping with devil to win over'

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is gearing up for elections.

In her New Year’s Day message, she announced plans to convene a National Assembly, at which the UNC will announce the opening of nominations of local elections.

Persad-Bissessar also indicated that sometime thereafter the opening of nominations for general election candidates will be announced.

“In January 2019, we will convene a National Assembly where we shall announce the opening of nominations for local election candidates and sometime thereafter opening of nominations for general election candidates.

During the coming months, we will also roll out our sectoral plans in greater detail for the rejuvenation of Trinidad and Tobago. Our plan is based on getting our nation working again,” she said.

This, as the Opposition Leader said the time for ‘sleeping’ with the ‘devil to win is over.

“We will continue to rebuild rather than seek out unsustainable short-term shortcuts and quick fixes. Hard work, proper planning, efficient execution, promotion of new talent and merit-based recognition is the new order.

Days of sleeping with the devil to win are over; we will put god in front and walk behind. God helps those who help themselves,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar also chastised the government, saying she is deeply concerned about the direction the country is heading under the Rowley-led administration.

“Many of the hardships we experienced over the course of 2018 are a direct result of the Rowley Government’s failure to effectively govern, as well as their lack of vision and care for the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” she said.

She noted that criminal activity continues at unacceptably high levels.

Persad-Bissessar added that while we have seen increased activity by the TTPS, which she says is commendable, the reality is people continue to feel insecure and afraid.  

“As we head into a New Year, several thousand of our citizens remain unemployed, have no income, and limited prospects, as this Government has failed to put any measures in place for job creation,” she said.

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