Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Kamla slams Rowley's 'blame game', calls for elections

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is once again calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to call elections now.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Persad-Bissessar criticized the Rowley regime which she slammed for its poor operations.

Criticising the Prime Minister’s latest address today, Persad-Bissessar said this was another lost opportunity to present new and innovative strategies to move the economy forward.

She said after more than three hours, the country is more confused about the purpose of the PM’s “conversation with the media” and have no more clarity on why Sandals left and what is the next step.

“We are no clearer on Tobago development; no clearer on a plan for diversification; no clearer on a growth strategy; no clearer on where we are headed as a country in Trinidad and Tobago. Perhaps the thing that worries most of us after seeing Dr Rowley’s show is his competence to govern. It is a cause for serious concern.”

She said Dr Rowley descended into a convoluted diatribe in which he resorted to his all too familiar theme of “blame everyone except me”. 

“The Prime Minister spent more than three hours speaking and took no responsibility for his failure to achieve any substantial project even though he is in his fourth year of office. We are witnessing a Government in freefall, and with no achievements to report, they have resorted to spending all of their time, and wasting media time, speaking of their own failures and blaming others.  It is time for the Prime Minister to stop blaming and talking about the past and, focus on what needs to be done to move the country forward.”

The UNC leader further accused Dr Rowley of bullying the media for probing into the Sandals debacle.

She said he has not provided enough details on the inappropriate practices that occurred in the arrangement with the international hotel chain.

"He failed to provide a proper explanation for the improper selection process, the feasibility for a project of that scope and scale, or even a projection of return on the billions of taxpayers’ dollars that would have been spent. What upsets the Prime Minister is that at every turn, the media, the Opposition and members of the public refuse to just jump blindly behind anything he wants to do and support him without question, calling legitimate questions ‘analysis paralysis’.”

She said in a democratic society, members of the public should feel free to ask questions surrounding government practices.

Persad-Bissessar also slammed Dr Rowley for labelling anyone who raises questions against the PNM as ‘Opposition’.

“Keith Rowley simply lumps everyone together as the Opposition and for him, opposition cannot be tolerated. This is something that should be of concern to each and every citizen. What we are witnessing is a Prime Minister in meltdown as he comes to terms with the fact that he has failed to lead the country.”

She said the UNC will not allow the Rowley Government to dictate its narrative going forward with their same tired campaign rhetoric of 2015.

“The country needs a leader with plans, policies, ideas and political will at this time and not a perennial political campaigner. Keith Rowley and his government are incapable of moving our country forward, and we call on the Prime Minister to do the right thing and call the election now and give people the chance to return good governance to get T&T Working Again!!”

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