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Rowley tells councillors to reject wrongdoing
People’s National Movement (PNM) political leader Dr Keith Rowley yesterday warned the people elected to serve in the 14 municipalities about their conduct in public life.
Speaking at the party’s event to mark its victory in the October 21 local government elections, Rowley told the elected candidates, supporters and others at a private event at the International Waterfront, Port-of-Spain, yesterday that they had to hold public office up to a higher-than-normal standard and return to a level of conduct in local government the party, its supporters and the country can be proud of.
He said: “This awesome responsibility requires that you put your very best foot forward. This party is depending on you. This country is depending on you and the electoral district, your corporation, your borough, is depending on you.” He thanked all of the 135 candidates and said the party had presented itself as a better organised, more disciplined organisation which subscribed to morality in public office and has publicly, loudly and vigorously rejected wrongdoing in public office.
“It would be a hell of a thing if after that we go into office and become what they had been or join them in what they are doing,” he said. “You are going into to office to hold public office up to a higher standard and all we are asking you to do is to be a normal, decent citizen of T&T.
“If you do that and you are guided by these principles, every decision you make might not be the right one but if it is the wrong one it would have been for the right reason. None of us is perfect but we all should strive for perfection in all that we do and as a party and as those representing the people who say that we are the better party or the best party, we expect you at the level of the corporation to strive to be the best that T&T could be. Let us return the conduct in local government to a conduct that the rest of us can be proud of.
“In this period of darkness in our country where public administration is largely disgraceful, you PNM councillors and I dare say your colleagues who you meet in there representing other political entities, you be that light in the darkness.” Rowley told the PNM councillors there will be challenges, obstruction and negatives and urged them to be the light in public administration in T&T.
“Where there is waste try and cut it out, where there is corrupt practice stamp it out, where there is greed ignore it, frown on it and where there is desire, a desire to lift your community, whether it is in sport, other aspects of community development, development of small business, protection from disease, harm, poor traffic arrangements, there are a whole lot of things that can be done under the heading improvement of the life of the people you represent,” he said.
Several former PNM ministers were at the celebrations, including San Fernando West MP Diane Seukeran, former minister of state in the Office of Prime Minister Dr Lenny Saith, former national security minister Martin Joseph and former health minister John Rahael.
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