MP: Rowley to host castle themed Christmas fete as citizens suffer
Princes Town MP Barry Padarath is slamming Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for his upcoming Christmas party themed, “Christmas at the castle with the Prime Minister”.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Padarath expressed concern that Dr Rowley was far removed from the realities that exist for the working class citizen in T&T.
He said as such, he will not "fete and drink on the heads of poor people while there is so much suffering in this country".
He added that for three years he has been clamouring for the construction of the Princes Town Presbyterian Primary School No.1 and up to today nothing has been done while the children continue to suffer. He said that the Prime Minister was about castles before schools.
Meanwhile, the Princes Town MP called on Dr Rowley to heed the advice of his cabinet colleague, Rural Development and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein, and make his self accessible to the electorate.
Padarath joined Opposition members in calling on Rowley to make cell phone numbers and email addresses of elected representatives, including himself, public.
His comments come as Minister Hosein was quoted in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, saying councillors and aldermen should not avoid interacting with people who voted for them until they need their vote once again.
In response, the Princes Town MP remained adamant that ALL elected representatives should not be afraid of interacting directly with the people who voted them in.
He questioned whether the Prime Minister had lost touch with the population and whether he was afraid of dealing with the public backlash on several issues affecting the country.
Padarath said while the country was up in arms about the high murder rate, high unemployment and poor delivery of goods and services to the population, the Prime Minister and his government needed to be more responsive to the population.
The Princes Town MP said the Prime Minister and the government had become a law on to themselves and were refusing to answer legitimate questions inside and outside of the Parliament and therefore the public had a right to call upon their leaders and demand answers.
He cautioned the Prime Minister that “you can run but you cannot hide”, as sooner or later he would have to face the electorate.