Saturday 19 September, 2020

Kamla: Gov’t should control COVID-19 despite recounts

Political Leader of the UNC, Kamla Persad Bissessar

Political Leader of the UNC, Kamla Persad Bissessar

Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad Bissessar is doubling down on her criticism of the government’s handling of COVID-19. 

In a Facebook post this morning, Persad Bissessar said that despite ongoing recounts, the government still has a responsibility to manage the pandemic. 

“The public placed an enormous trust in the Government since being told by them to expect a second wave of Covid-19. It is vital that that trust is met with openness and transparency about any mistakes and decisions that have been made. What exactly were their plans and strategy for handling and abating a second wave. What is their excuse for the past five months, when they deviously deliberately under-tested the population to hide the true, alarming spread of the disease?” she questioned. 

Persad Bissessar reiterated that the incumbent Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh is able to function in most of his capacities despite not being sworn in to office for a second term. 

The Political Leader also added that the party is well within its rights, not only to demand recounts but to be critical of the process. 

“The UNC called for recounts following numerous allegations of serious discrepancies in Monday’s polls. This is our Constitutional right and a VALID part of T&T’s democratic election process. 

“Further, because of the unprecedented absence of independent election observers, it is our duty to ensure that the elections were, at all costs, conducted in a free and fair manner,” she said. 

She accused one of the government’s supporters of misleading the public into thinking that her request for recounts somehow caused a stall in the government’s ability to perform. 

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