As he extended best wishes to the Afro-Trinidadian community on the occasion of Emancipation Day yesterday, Oropouche East candidate Dr Roodal Moonilal said the United National Congress (UNC) is proud of its track record in dealing with racism. During a motorcade in Debe yesterday, Moonilal noted the contributions of African descendants to T&T and the Caribbean.“From the continent of Africa, we have received a great amount of wisdom and science. We also salute the continent of Africa for their children. Notwithstanding 186 years, we also note that discrimination and injustice continue, not only in Trinidad and Tobago but across the world.
“The UNC stands proud as a party that put laws and institutions in place to deal with injustices, discrimination and marginalisation against our brothers of African origin and others. We are proud of our track records in dealing with racism in T&T,” Moonilal said.
As he continued his re-election campaign, Moonilal said he noted a baffling statement by Minister of Social Development and Family Services Camille Robinson-Regis. He said he was not surprised that Robinson-Regis spoke about someone being drunk and driving as these things are always on the minds of People’s National Movement (PNM) politicians.
“The people today are about jobs, roads, water and infrastructure. The people in this area care about flooding. They want to eliminate flooding which has destroyed and wrecked their community for three to five years in Oropouche East. They are not into mauvais langue and picong and that type of nastiness that Robinson-Regis, Hinds and others are infamous for,” he said as he condemned Robinson-Regis’ statement, describing it as “nasty.”
On Friday, former Tabaquite MP Dr Surujrattan Rambachan endorsed Moonilal as the next leader of the UNC and prime minister-in-waiting.
However, Moonilal said the UNC is one party with one leader “and on August 10, one prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, will return.”