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Panday confused by Warner’s apology

PORT OF SPAIN — Former prime minister Basdeo Panday is confused by the apology given to him by Jack Warner.

On Saturday, Warner apologised to Panday for criticising him when he said that Kamla Persad-Bissessar was not ready to lead. Warner made the apology when he met Panday at the wedding of United National Congress strategy officer Ken Emrith and Davica Persad.

Yesterday, Panday said although he accepted Warner’s apology, he was confused by it.

“I’m not sure what it was intended to do because I think everybody had agreed with me that the UNC or the coalition was led by someone who was totally lacking in leadership,” he said.

“I just read the paper and what he said is that he wants to apologise for not believing me when I said Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar was not ready to lead.

“Well okay, so he has apologised. What difference does that make to the politics? What difference does that make to the people? How are the people of Chaguanas West going to be better off with that apology? Well, he has made an apology and so be it, but of what consequence is it?” Panday said only Warner knew the sincerity of the apology. However, it was not needed as he too had made mistakes in the past.

“I don’t need apologies and so on. I have made many mistakes myself in my life. I don’t need apologies, but I accept them with grace.”

Panday said there was no cabal in the UNC when he served as prime minister. However, he does not doubt that one exists now. He said during the UNC’s term in government between 1995 and 2000, all decisions were made by consensus.

However, the three cabinet members named by Warner and former justice minister Herbert Volney as part of the cabal — Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal and Local Government Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan — were not ministers in Panday’s administration. (Guardian)

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