UNC calls for Rowley's resignation after 'emailgate' collapsed
The United National Congress (UNC) is once again calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. However, this time, it's following the revelation by ASP Michael Pierre that the 2013 "emailgate" probe has come to an end with no charges being laid.
"Dr Rowley must resign as both the political leader of the PNM and as Prime Minister. Rowley lacks the competence, compassion, intelligence and character to lead Trinidad and Tobago."
The emailgate scandal arose when then Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley presented a printed email thread which he claimed was the correspondence of a criminal conspiracy implicating then Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and members of her Government including Anand Ramlogan, Dr Suruj Rambachan and then security advisor, Gary Griffith. It was alleged in the emails that Chief Justice Ivor Archie was being pressured by government ministers to appoint Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard as a High Court Judge but Gaspard, who has the final say on whether criminal charges can be filed against someone or not, never applied for such a post. Another claim made in the emails was to spy on the DPP to know his every move.
In a statement on Wednesday, the UNC said it feels vindicated that the investigation has been proven to be a hoax and conspiracy "piloted by Keith Rowley and the PNM".
"The UNC has always maintained that “emailgate” was an obvious case of a political dirty tricks campaign by Keith Rowley. In a blatant power grab, Rowley deliberately slandered the names of senior members of a sitting Government because he knew his Party had developed no plans or policies to win the elections fairly."
The Opposition also pointed out that the claims were investigated by various institutions, all arising at the same conclusion.
"After investigations by the Integrity Commission, Google, the FBI, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Force and several independent technology expert investigations it is now clear that Keith Rowley deceived not only the country but also the members and sitting Members of Parliament within his own party. It is disgraceful that Keith Rowley used the cloak of the Parliament to hoodwink the country for political gain, towards the direct purpose of creating a sense of panic and distrust to a sitting Government."
The UNC further stated that Dr Rowley's actions tainted the parliament and Trinidad and Tobago's democracy since the allegations were the cornerstone of his election campaign in 2015.
"Keith Rowley used fraud, lies and deception to gain power in our country. This is why he has no achievements in four years and will be remembered as an absolute incompetent and head of the worst government in our history."