Saturday 26 September, 2020

COP calls for Hinds' removal following Facebook post

Pictured: Newly-appointed Minister of Youth Development, Fitzgerald Hinds.

Pictured: Newly-appointed Minister of Youth Development, Fitzgerald Hinds.

The Congress of the People (COP) is urging Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to revoke the appointment of Youth Development Minister Fitzgerald Hinds following a Facebook post many have deemed insensitive.

Hinds came under criticism on the social media platform following a post in which he recounted an encounter with an “able-bodied” young man who tapped on his window and asked for money.

Many felt his response was callous as he left without giving the man any money.

In a statement on Thursday, the COP questioned whether this was a sign of the approach he would take in his new role as Minister of Youth Development.

It said the Minister took an “uncaring approach” particularly in light of his new portfolio.

The COP said: “While we do understand it is your money to give, why would you, a Minister who has just been given a portfolio to HELP our youth now openly decry a young man?

Was this young man one of the thousands who during this pandemic may have found themselves on hard times, furthermore was this young man suffering from a mental disease of sorts?

“Is this indicative of your approach as Minister in this new ministry?” it questioned.

Further, the party questioned if this is how he saw his constituents of Laventille West.

The COP called on the Prime Minister to act quickly and revoke the appointment of Hinds as Minister.

The party said: “Your last statement " I reflected deeply on my new portfolio, took a deep breath; and drove away highly energized to do this critical work" leaves us with no choice but the to call for a public apology and your immediate resignation from such an important "portfolio"; if this is not forthcoming we call on the Prime Minister to immediately revoke the said appointment, as you have already exhibited an uncaring attitude to one of the many individuals you will come into contact with over the next five years.”

It added that Hinds’ approach was no way to treat a person, regardless of his personal views.

The COP said it looks forward to seeing what choice the Prime Minister makes in the matter.

Hinds has since deleted the post in question.

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