Temporary Government Senator Rabindra Moonan says the Opposition People's National Movement (PNM) must apologise to the nation for the wrong it did over the past 50 years. Moonan, a former PNM councillor, was contributing to yesterday's Senate debate on two bills, the Anti-Gang and Bail (Amendment) bills. Moonan was very critical of Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds during his hour-long contribution. Hinds and Senator Pennelope Beckles claimed Moonan was being irrelevant but that was not supported by Senate Vice President Lyndira Oudit, who was presiding. Moonan said moves by former prime minister Patrick Manning may result in six new Opposition senators being appointed to the Upper House in the next few weeks. Moonan was referring to the divisions within the PNM, based on members voting differently in Friday's House of Representatives vote on a motion by Manning. "Senator Hinds may have the dubious distinction of being moved by one man from two Houses," Moonan told legislators.
Minutes later Opposition Senator Shamfa Cudjoe, in her response, said the political parties were made up of people who fought, broke up, kissed and made up. She said the recent developments with the PNM "was nothing new." She recalled the United National Congress, which was now in Government, had major divisions before the May 24 polls. "Many of us could remember when there was a UNC-A and a UNC-B," she added. Cudjoe said there was need for the police to focus on fighting crime rather than fighting among themselves. She said while that was taking place it was only the criminal element which was benefiting.