Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Rowley slams ‘deeply offensive assertion’ by newspaper columnist

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has taken issue with statements made by Trinidad Express columnist Michael Harris on the selection process used to appoint a Commissioner of Police.

Harris reportedly described the establishment of a Special Select Committee of the House to investigate the Police Service Commission’s procedure in the selection of a Commissioner of Police as an “elaborate ritual” convened by the Government “simply because the person recommended by the PSC for the post of Commissioner was an Indian.”

In a letter to the editor, Rowley described the statement as ‘deeply offensive.’

The Prime Minister said the Hansard record will show, irrefutably, that on February 2, when the Special Select Committee was established, there was absolutely no support for Mr. Dulalchan to be then found on the Opposition benches.

However, he claimed that as soon as the head of the Maha Sabha came out and publicly called for the appointment of Dulalchan, the Opposition jumped to attention, and the position of Persad-Bissessar was completely reversed.

“Now, she too favours the promoting a completely false narrative of racial bias on the part of the Government against Mr. Dulalchan, a position of UNC political gymnastics embarrassingly adopted, without query, by Mr. Harris, the columnist,” he said.

 

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