Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Princes Town MP tells PM 'stay home' and attend to flood victims

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has come under fire from Princes Town MP Barry Padarath for his decision to travel to Belize on Tuesday to attend the Mexico-CARICOM summit.

Earlier today the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) revealed that Dr Rowley will travel along with Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Minister Dennis Moses tomorrow, to attend the summit which will focus on cooperation for the prevention and treatment of natural disasters. They will return on Thursday.

In light of this, Padarath has slammed Dr Rowley for leaving in the face of thousands of citizens being affected by floods throughout the country “with little or no help from state agencies”. He said Dr Rowley should send the Foreign Affairs Minister and remain in T&T to visit flood-affected areas.

The Princes Town MP also asked whether the Prime Minister intended to visit South and Central Trinidad where some parts are still seven feet under water.

He said given that Dr Rowley admitted to the failure of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) in treating with the natural disaster, he expected a more hands-on approach.

Meanwhile, Padarath recalled that Dr Rowley labelled former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar a “hot foot”, however, he said the tables have turned. He advised the Prime Minister to “stay home and get the work done”.

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