Saturday 24 August, 2019

Padarath threatens to stage ‘dirty clothes’ protest outside Parliament

Princes Town MP Barry Padarath has vowed to step up protest action if the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) does not stick to its recently revised supply schedule.

The MP, who was recently removed from the Parliament for his conduct in moving a motion related to the water situation, took note of media reports in which WASA officials denied discrimination in the distribution of pipe borne water.

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He took issue with these claims, stating that the evidence does not support the statements from WASA as only a “select few” constituencies in south Trinidad have consistently been without pipe borne water over the past two months.

He said that there were those in Government who were peddling false information and propaganda that schools and businesses were not being severely affected but evidence was now in the public domain that several Government ministers have been less than truthful about the effects of the water shortage.

The Princes Town MP promised that protest action will intensify should WASA deviate from the distribution detailed in its supply schedule.  

He swore to take the protest to the Parliament and the Office of the Prime Minister with empty buckets, basins, bath tubs, dirty clothes, dirty dishes and thirsty constituents.

Padarath said if WASA does not maintain the schedule after an absence of communication for months, the protest action will be stepped up and he would use alternative legal options to get his voice heard for his constituents.

He further warned that as the elected MP, no one inside or outside the Parliament would stop him from performing his duties and living up to his oath of office.

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