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Kamla: Prove it

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

PORT OF SPAIN — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said there is no evidence of corruption in her government.

However, she said the day there is evidence, she will take swift action against any member, as she has done in the past.

Persad-Bissessar was speaking at a lavish fund-raising dinner and dance at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, on Sunday night hosted by the Tobago Organisation of the People to raise funds for its upcoming Tobago House of Assembly elections.

$1,000 a plate

Patrons paid $1,000 a plate at the event which was attended by Ministers Jack Warner, Ganga Singh, Anil Roberts, Rupert Griffith, Prakash Ramadhar and Delmon Baker.

TOP leader Ashworth Jack also spoke at the event.

Persad-Bissessar said: “They talk of corruption in my government and up to today they cannot give me one specific instance of corruption. They call names, they blame people, there’s nothing I’ve seen evidence of and I promise you this – the day any evidence of corruption comes in my face I will deal with it.

“No minister will stand, no councillor will stand and no board member will stand. I’ve already demonstrated my commitment to transparency and accountability.”

Persad-Bissessar said that on May 24, 2010 the people of this country voted for change and a new form of governance.

Gov’t committed

She assured that her Government remains committed to service and delivery to the people but she pointed out that there are many who are resisting the changes.

“There are those who want no change and every time we do something different there are some persons who say we have done wrong, but you know what it is they fear … the change that you voted for on May 24,” said Persad-Bissessar.

The prime minister said in various ministries there is resistance as ministers work towards progress.

“As your government, as we seek to make changes, I think the Attorney General, he’s seeking to make changes in the way legal briefs are given out, there’s resistance to that change. I see the Minister of Water Resources making inroads in dealing with forestry and environment, there’s resistance to that change,” said Persad-Bissessar. (Express)

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