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Tearful plea for PM to mediate

Published: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Secretary of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea Gary Aboud yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR

Sitting under a tree in Woodford Square, Port-of-Spain, secretary of Fisherman and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) Gary Aboud made a tearful plea to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to mediate with the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM), insisting that its leader Dr Wayne Kublalsingh will die at anytime. He also urged citizens to come out in their numbers to the square at 11.30 am tomorrow to support good governance.

Surrounded by a handful of supporters Aboud, who is recovering from Chik V and openly cried, said: “We are issuing an SOS to all citizens who are in favour of humane governance, who are in favour of prime ministers with conscience, who are in favour of integrity and good public administration, who believe that the Prime Minister has the key to the solution to save Dr Kublalsingh’s life... all people against all the bad things in the country come to Woodford Square.”

Aboud, who recently visited Kublalsingh at his home at D’Abadie, said he was saddened at the environmentalist’s deteriorated state. He said should Kublalsingh die that would be a stain on every right thinking citizen because Kublalsingh had lived a “pure life” and neither his integrity nor his goodwill could be questioned. “He has saved this country a colossal waste that the last government would have caused with the threat of building five aluminium smelters and he as saved the Claxton Bay fisherfolk.

“Madam Prime Minister too many questions are being raised and all of the answers are in your lap. As our leader you have the key to the solution,” Aboud said. He said Kublalsingh must not be allowed to die and his requests “may or may not be reasonable” but the answer is mediation. “Many religious and independent bodies are looking at this matter and cannot understand where are you. We ask that you come to meet with him and discuss the solution.

“If Dr Kublalsingh does not make it... his impending death must not be permitted under your guided hand.” He said no “amount of advertisements in the newspaper” would relinquish Persad-Bissessar’s responsibility in finding a solution to this matter.