Monday 1 June, 2020

UNC PRO: Rowley Govt "unethical" in lease of One Alexandra Place

The United National Congress (UNC) is criticising Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for defending the government's decision to rent One Alexander Place after he commented on the issue during a morning talk show.

UNC PRO Anita Haynes issued a statement on Monday, noting that the Opposition does not believe that best practice was followed in order for the government to lease the property owned by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

“To make matters worse, he chose this forum to defend the lease by the Government of a property owned by the Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, amounting to millions of dollars, claiming the ‘proper procedures’ were followed,” the UNC Senator said.  “The Prime Minister claimed that he ensured that the AG was not in the room when the matter came before Cabinet.  But this, as well as the AG’s claim that he recused himself, is not enough. No matter how they try to spin it, it is highly unethical, and quite possibly illegal.”

Haynes further criticised Dr Rowley for "engaging in PR and wasting citizens' time".

She said he should have used the platform instead, to inform the population of opportunities for development.

“While citizens are struggling daily to make ends meet, with thousands unemployed, including close to 10,000 from the restructuring of Petrotrin, the Prime Minister provided little hope of better days to come.”

The Opposition PRO further slammed Dr Rowley for saying that the PNM is doing a good job at governance. 

She said the UNC will do a much better job at leading the country and called on the government to call a general election now.

"The UNC remains the best choice to undo the mess created by the PNM Government, as we have a proven track record of performance; a leader and a team that have the expertise and capability to move our nation forward. Dr Rowley should heed the calls by the people and call the election now.”

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