UNC: Tewarie wasn’t blocked from Recovery Team
Deputy Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC), David Lee, says that former Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie was not blocked from joining the Prime Minister’s Roadmap to Recovery Team.
In a media release, Lee says the party couldn’t have denied the Prime Minister’s request since they asked for Dr Tewarie’s participation as an individual and not as a representative of the party, even though the request was sent to Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar.
“While a request for the services of Dr Tewarie was submitted to the Leader of the Opposition, it was for Dr Tewarie to serve, as Minister Le Hunte publicly stated on Tuesday, ‘in his individual capacity’”, he wrote.
Lee says the opposition has repeatedly called for a bipartisan committee, without any acknowledgement from the government.
Outlining part of their response to the government, Lee said: “While it is clear that you can invite anyone to join your committee, in the circumstances, they will not be representing the views of the UNC, as no such representatives have been requested of the UNC.”
Lee says the government is peddling an incorrect narrative in ‘an attempt to distract the population from their haphazard approach in addressing the economic woes facing our nation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.’