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Rowley: PM held hostage by club in Cabinet
Political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is being held hostage by a club within her Cabinet that has secrets on her. Rowley said “the Prime Minister can’t take any action against any member of her Cabinet who is found to be unsuitable because she is afraid of what they would do and say about her. They keeping secret for her. The Prime Minister is held hostage by people with questions to answer.”
He described it as “a club of misbehaviour. A protection society club.” Rowley made the statement while addressing supporters at a public meeting in Arima on Friday. He said the population do not want Attorney General Anand Ramlogan in the Cabinet and warned Persad-Bissessar that she was now paying a serious price for that. “The Prime Minister is unable to do what any prime minister would have done, which is to remove them from office.”
After three reshuffles, Rowley said the Cabinet has turned into an “all fours” game, with Persad-Bissessar “still holding on to the jokers.” He said each Cabinet minister had files on each other. Rowley said his job was to bring down the Government as long as he does it legally. The Opposition Leader said the PNM was confident that they would return to office after the 2015 general election.
Insisting that crime was the country’s biggest headache, Rowley said the Government had failed miserably in this area. He said killings were now being connected from outside of T&T. “Is killing after killing.” Food prices, Rowley said, was increasing as a result of supermarket owners placing high mark-ups to cover the cost of their growing security bills.
Rowley said he was shocked to hear that Minister of National Security Gary Griffith was now interested in purchasing a long range patrol vessel from Colombia after the Government had scrapped the purchase of the PNM’s off shore patrol vessels. He also condemned the PM for changing the rules to approve and make it legal for ministers and their personal drivers to drive government vehicles.
“That will cost you millions of dollars. Everyone of them will buy a government vehicle for their ministry and you will pay for it. The vehicle will be used to do all their work, public and private, and you will have to pay for the tyres, gas and upkeep.” Rowley resurrected the conspiracy charge against former PNM ministers Franklin Khan and Eric Williams.
Though the charges on both men were dropped, Rowley said “...an investigation is taking place right now where there are people in Government who are the subject of the investigation of that conspiracy against Franklin Khan.”
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