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Maharaj on ‘democracy watch’ in T&T

...says Govt incompetent
Published: 
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj address members of the media during a press conference at the Port-of-Spain City Hall yesterday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO

Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has described the present Government as “incompetent” and plans to detail what he would have done differently if he had been in office for the past four years. Maharaj launched his three-part public education programme titled Democracy Watch yesterday at City Hall, Port-of-Spain, where for almost an hour he bashed the current administration’s inability to deal with the crime situation.

 

 

“Instead of turning around the crime situation, it has accelerated,” Maharaj said. He turned the worst of his ire on National Security Minister Gary Griffith and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, describing them and the entire Government as “too inexperienced” to run the country. “Any government that is serious about solving the crime situation would not leave the borders free and porous,” he said.

 

Maharaj had remained off the political radar, only commenting on legal issues raised by the media. He said his “political affiliation” did not factor into his decision to launch the series of public discussions. Two issues seemed to be his focus: the crime situation and the unsolved E-mailgate investigations. With regards to the e-mail scandal, Maharaj said Ramlogan and the Government interfered with the independence of the investigations.

 

“The AG removed independent staff and brought in those with political affiliations. It is important to know who and if top government officials are involved in E-mailgate.” Maharaj said while he could not predict who would win the 2015 election, he did know that any party that hoped to win had to detail a crime-fighting plan to the electorate. “The public needs to scrutinise the leaders and political parties.

 

“People did not know her (Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s) track record, people went with the cosmetics and public relations.” Maharaj said it was the Prime Minister that was ultimately responsible for the failings of the Government.