Monday 23 September, 2019

UNC defends former SSA Officer Carlton Dennie

The United National Congress (UNC) says it stands resolutely behind any citizen who is willing to speak out to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago is a land that everyone desires. 

The UNC issued a statement on Tuesday, following Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's media conference in which he denied claims that he had asked former officer at the Strategic Services Agency (SSA), Carlton Dennie, to fire all persons of East Indian descent.

Dr Rowley said it was a "categorical lie and it is a most dangerous statement to be made by any officer no matter how aggrieved he or she is." He also said the allegation prompted him to release the contents of a SSA file stamped "secret" to clear his name.

The Prime Minister went on to label Dennie and the person who put him on a political platform - namely the UNC led by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar - as "dangerous".

In the release, the UNC chastised Dr Rowley for his comments.

"Under Keith Rowley’s leadership, our country is becoming one where a  Prime Minister is willing to use the might of his Office to attack citizens who dare to speak out about their experiences under his Administration. We urge all citizens to stand against this practice."

The UNC further accused the Prime Minister of thinking like a dictator.  

"Rowley completely ignored calls for him to clear the air on the reasons for firing Espinet and placing his personal lawyer at the helm of State oil companies, choosing instead to lambast a former official of a national security agency," she said.

The Opposition also sought to stand in defence of free speech. 

"We wish to remind the Prime Minister that freedom of speech and expression are clearly enshrined and protected rights, in our democracy, despite what his Attorney General has said. The UNC will continue to stand for these all the rights afforded to all of us under the Constitution."

The statement saw the political party reiterate its call for the resignation of the Prime Minister and his Government. 

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