Rowley: T&T in peril

PNM leader Dr. Keith Rowley (centre), greets THA Chief Secretary Orville London during the PNM special convention yesterday as other party members look on.

PORT OF SPAIN — Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley said yesterday that statements by the prime minister that she was being betrayed by her own cabinet were an admission by her that the business of the people of Trinidad and Tobago was not in good hands and the country was in peril.

Rowley also said that as the Congress of the People was attacking Persad-Bissessar’s leadership, the prime minister had chosen to blame the People’s National Movement.

“Today I want to say to the prime minister if you find yourself up a particular creek without a paddle, it has nothing to do with the PNM. It has everything to do with you.”

He said it was not the PNM which appointed Reshmi Ramnarine as head of the SSA, or proclaimed Section 34 or set out to build a highway and was making a “total mess of it”.

Rowley also rejected “out of hand the nastiness” of the prime minister using race to rally support for her Government in the face of growing dissaffection.

Addressing the PNM’s special convention at the St. Augustine Secondary yesterday, Rowley said he had been invited to the Divali Nagar this year which he attended, not for the first time. He said the prime minister, and the Minister of National Security, Jack Warner, launched the most vulgar and obscene attack on him for associating with the National Council of Indian Culture.

“That was the prime minister seeking to rally support on the basis of race and to disqualify me from associating with fellow citizens on the basis of my race and their race,” he said. (Express)

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