Vice Chairperson Policy,
Advocacy and Projects
Commonwealth Youth Council
To paraphrase the Prime Minster, I continue to be disillusioned, disappointed and distressed by the level of deception and dishonesty associated with what I assumed to be a well-intentioned Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration.
And the Prime Minister left me further disillusioned, disappointed and distressed by the statement she delivered accepting Sport Minister Anil Roberts’ “resignation.” She had previously proved herself singularly unwilling to take action even when faced with the most damning evidence of wrongdoing unearthed by the Life Sport audit and previously, allegations relating to the room 201 video.
At least then, prime minister Patrick Manning had accepted the resignations of ministers Franklin Khan and Eric Williams simply based on the nature of the accusations, without any charges being laid. And while he took too long to fire Calder Hart, at least he promptly did it when presented with the evidence of the Uff inquiry report. Persad-Bissessar, however, consistently ignored evidence of Roberts’ dereliction of duty as MP and minister.
It is clear that she was forced to accept Roberts’ resignation due to the public reaction to the sheer brazenness of the corruption involving approximately $400 million, and the in-your-face response of educator Adolphus Daniell, who admitted to receiving $34 million for doing no work.
Those focusing on the money, however, have missed the scale of the corruption over which Roberts, with the blind eye of Persad-Bissessar, has presided.