United National Congress leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the People's National Movement's Women's League to "leave my name out of your mouth" and has also called on Local Government councillors to boycott today's meeting with Government.
She made the comment at the UNC's Monday Night Forum last night, as she knocked a PNM Women's League statement denouncing her silence on UNC Senator Anil Roberts' recent "attack" on Sharon Clark-Rowley, the Prime Minister's wife.
Persad- Bissessar said, "I have nothing to do with anybody's domestic business, why you calling my name and blaming me? It was the Prime Minister who said 'I'm not in all you bedroom' ,so leave me out of your bacchanal. That Women's League has nothing to do ... so many people - women, children are missing, but you want to call Kamla name!
"I might do what that fella - what's his name - Will Smith do... just leave my name out of your mouth."
She questioned why the League didn’t focus on why pepper spray isn't in effect.
“PNM paedophile ring, joblessness, economic diversification and students failing. All of a sudden, they want to talk of decency and decorum and calling my name – the hypocrisy of PNM!” she said, pointing to video of certain platform statements by Prime Minister Keith Rowley.
”I ask you, WPC Camille (Robinson-Regis) and so on, leave my name out of your mouth!"
She also called on councillors to make her proud and boycott a meeting today which she claimed Rowley "is hosting" with Local Government councillors.
"To come and lecture to Local Government practitioners. For what? Seven years and you never talk to one Local Government person. Don't be fools, people, it's not to tell you anything, it's a PR gimmick. Stay home! Don't give him an audience! He can't fire you if you don't attend. He'll bouff you. When he calls, you don't have to go running," she said.
"I'll be disappointed to see you sitting there like a little fowl in a yard... I hope some of you are smart and don't listen to him - boycott that meeting! Stay home in Penal, Sangre Grande, Mayaro and look after your people," she said to shouted assurances audience members wouldn't attend.
She also announced Wednesday's opening of Local Government nominations for all seats, closing September 2. She said UNC will win San Fernando and must win Sangre Grande and other areas.
UNC's Roodal Moonilal also deemed a "cock and bull story" yesterday's revelation by Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales that the People's Partnership government had planned in 2012 to get rid of thousands of WASA workers to get a IDB loan. Moonilal said conditionality didn't involve mandatory staff cuts but voluntary separation.
Moonilal said the loan wasn't to handle WASA's overall state but to deal with wastewater treatment plants at Malabar and San Fernando and conditionality included VSEP but not forcing people to leave.
"This Minister don't understand what is voluntary and involuntary. It wasn't to force people to go but to negotiate with unions to see if it was possible," Moonilal.
He said even the police service appears to have collapsed under the PNM Government.