Warner imposes gag order on himself while Joint Trade Union Movement call for his removal
Leader of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) Ancel Roget has signalled his intention to join with the PNM to get rid of National Security Minister Jack Warner. And the move has been welcomed by the Opposition party. In a press conference held at the headquarters of the Communication Workers Union, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday Roget said, “We are prepared to join on a broad-based national front which includes everybody who are prepared to stand up against what is wrong.
“And if at this time the PNM or any other group in civil society is prepared to stand up against what is wrong, well, certainly we will not stop them from joining forces with us.” In response, PNM senator Faris Al-Rawi said the party was “already in union with the OWTU” and many other entities in society.
“We would continue to act with the OWTU and all such entities in relation to the joint enterprise of preserving the rule of law in T&T from the insidiousness of the People’s Partnership Government,” Al-Rawi added. Roget, who made a renewed call to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to fire Warner, also condemned Warner’s move to suppress crime statistics.
“We again call on the Prime Minister to immediately remove the Minister of National Security,” Roget said. He warned that if the Prime Minister continued to turn a blind eye to Warner’s “dictatorial actions and fascist tendencies,” she would be doing so at the expense of the People’s Partnership Government.
“Let us ask the question: in spite of all of his actions and still having the unequivocal support of the Prime Minister—what does Minister Warner have on her?” Roget asked. In recalling what he described as Warner’s blunders since assuming office, Roget said: “Since his appointment on June 21, 2012, he has shown through numerous examples his relentless compulsion to flout the Constitution and trample on our democratic institutions.”
Roget claimed Warner’s “long list of transgressions” included his personal oversight of the destruction of the Highway Re-route camp and the desecration of the religious site there. Branding Warner as a “serious threat” to the country’s democracy, Roget described Warner as a tyrant and a runaway horse.