Wednesday 2 December, 2020

PM slams 'dangerous liar' Dennie

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, on August 27, 2019.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, on August 27, 2019.

Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley has denied claims made by former Strategic Services Agency (SSA) Director of Intelligence, Carlton Dennie on a political platform on Monday night.

At a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Tuesday, the Prime Minister rubbished allegations made by Dennie at the United National Congress (UNC) Monday Night Forum at the Debe High School that he was ordered to fire all persons of East Indian descent from the agency.  

Accusing Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar of using Dennie as a “desperate” strategy for returning to office by attempting to cause racial strife and discord, Rowley condemned the “package of lies” presented on the UNC platform.

The Prime Minister denied ever having any interaction with Dennie and labelled the claims a “fabrication”, the purpose of which, he said, were to sully his name.  

The Prime Minister maintained that the incident never occurred, describing it as a figment of the imagination of both the former SSA director of intelligence and the Opposition leader, meant to create racial strife. He warned that such tactics are a danger to this country's social fabric.

Rowley said the country should be wary of the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led UNC, adding that this action should alert the population that the party is “dangerous” as its leader was willing to sacrifice the country to get back into power.

Rowley made it clear that as a junior officer, subordinate to the SSA Director, Dennie never had the authority to hire or fire anyone.

Reading excerpts from a document from the SSA dated October 23, 2009, the Prime Minister noted that Dennie had a history of problematic behaviours, including insubordination, task avoidance and inciteful disruptive activity.

Making reference to another secret document from the SSA, he said Dennie was named in a 2012 report relating to the removal of sensitive equipment from a server room at Piarco, which saw the disruption of internet services at the facility for several days.

He noted that Persad-Bissessar was prime minister and chair of the National Security Council at the time and questioned whether she was aware of this report.

"If she knew why then would she come in 2019 with Mr Dennie of all people and put Mr Dennie on a UNC platform to lie on the Prime Minister if Trindad and Tobago to create racial strife and racial discord," said Rowley.

"Mr Dennie is worth nothing as the records would show," Rowley said.

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