Friday 18 October, 2019

PNM Women's Group: Kamla must speak on having info on Marlene's arrest

The National Women's League of the People's National Movement (PNM) has called on Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to respond to claims that she informed Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene Mc Donald about her August arrest, a month before it happened.

Chairman of the Women's League, Camille Robinson-Regis said Persad-Bissessar has a duty and obligation to answer to the statements first made by the Prime Minister and corroborated by McDonald herself.

"Mrs. Persad-Bissessar needs to advise the population herself, whether she had any such conversation with Ms. Mc Donald, and how she came to be in possession of such sensitive information."

Meanwhile, Robinson-Regis raised the issue of Mc Donald, an attorney by trade, being offered silk by Persad-Bissessar.

The League said under the then Prime Minister's leadership, silk was offered to attorneys in a "scandalously casual way."

"Long held by attorneys as the sign of having attained the pinnacle of their profession, the UNC’s actions only served to cheapen the prestige of this honour, and reduce it to a thing to be dispensed to friends and followers, and in the case of the offer to Ms. Mc Donald and Ms. [Penelope] Beckles, something to assuage a guilty conscience."

Robinson-Regis further stated that the Opposition Leader’s silence on the two matters and absence from Parliament was typical. She said it was reminiscent of her deafening silence on the process by which former Strategic Services Agency officer Carlton Dennie mounted a UNC Political platform to spew "his racist diatribe" against the Prime Minister.

"The League believes that actions of the Opposition Leader and her cohort provide further evidence of the desperation engulfing the United National Congress (UNC) as they struggle to remain relevant in the current political scenario. But even as she remains silent, the league remains convinced that the Opposition Leader knows what she said; Ms. McDonald confirmed what she said, and the people of Trinidad and Tobago know the truth."

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