Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Rowley sued after newspaper publishes conversation with Kirk Waithe

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he has been sued by a politician whom he named in a conversation with political activist Kirk Waithe, that was published by the Trinidad and Tobago Express on Sunday.

Waithe, head of Fixin' T&T, had reportedly texted the Prime Minister in December last year raising concerns about controversial banking transactions by Government Minister Camille Robinson Regis in 2016. He referenced hundreds of thousands of dollars that remain unaccounted for. 

According to excerpts of the conversation published in the Sunday Express, Dr Rowley called Waithe a hypocrite for ignoring corruption allegations against members of the former People's Partnership regime. He pointed to accusations against Roodal Moonilal, Jearlean John and Surujrattan Rambachan. 

Addressing attendees at a cocktail event hosted by the People's National Movement at the Government Campus Plaza on Wednesday, Dr Rowley dropped the bombshell that he had earlier received a pre-action protocol letter.

"One colleague of mine has been so particularly hurt that he had been portrayed in such a way in that conversation between me and 'the fixer' that he has kept his word and he has, in fact, sent me a pre-action protocol and we have to go to the High Court and discuss it there. Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome the moment." 

Dr Rowley also defended himself against accusations of being terse with Waithe whom he criticised as a nuisance. 

"I know him very well and I know that he is a damn hypocrite and in talking to him on WhatsApp, we were expressing ourselves from deep within our soul, on WhatsApp. The next thing I know, the media, my friends, published the conversation in its entirety. And it's a good thing that I don't say anything to man or woman that I don't expect to see and be proud of in the newspapers." 

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