The political leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ), David Abdulah, has called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowly to remove Minister of Public Administration Marlene McDonald from the Cabinet in light of her arrest and detention over corruption allegations
Abdulah also condemned the move of some members of T&T’s private sector to hire foreign agents to assist in crime prevention in T&T.
At a press conference yesterday, Abdulah cited that “this issue goes to the heart of political judgment and our concern with political judgment is not only the judgment of the Prime Minister today.”
He said Rowley displayed an error in judgment in 2015 “when there were credible allegations being made against her at that time”
Abdulah also emphasised his belief that “McDonald is a symptom of the culture of the PNM” which is why he said, “the PNM can no longer govern Trinidad and Tobago” as they do not have the “moral authority.”
Meanwhile, Abdulah also condemned the actions of the private sector who has hired FBI agents to assist in the fight against crime right here in T&T.
He believes that if Police Commissioner Gary Griffith needed assistance from outside bodies, “then the Commissioner of Police is well within his power and so on to seek that within the budget of the Commissioner of Police.”
The MSJ head did not take issue with the external assistance, however, he said there were other ways which it could have been done. For instance, through the treaties, T&T has with countries such as the US, UK and Canada.
He took special issue with the integrity of a law enforcement body being funded by the private sector as it may present conflicts of interests.
He said, “What we are then doing is crossing the boundary with respect to the integrity of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.”
He said it raised the issue of who these forces would now be accountable to; the Commissioner of Police, the Minister of National Security or simply those who have hired them.
He said this was an example of privatisation “gone rampant.”
“You can’t now have the left hand investigating the right hand because we don’t know whether some of the private companies and companies who are a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce are in fact involved in money laundering and the drug trade and other types of criminal activity. They may very well be.”