Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Prime Minister “degraded” the Opposition Members of Parliaments when he referred to them as “imps, pimps and chimps.”
She said that the Prime Minister’s words were “distasteful and disgraceful but not surprising.” Speaking at the United National Congress (UNC) Monday Night Forum, Persad-Bissessar said the PM was “lashing out” because he was caught “red-handed.”
“Try as he might, he cannot rant and rave and bully his way out of this mess that he has created,” she said.
With regards to the 1,600 COVID-19 deaths as of Monday, Persad-Bissessar called for the removal of the Government’s medical “propaganda” team.
She listed the usual panel at the Ministry of Health media briefing, including Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram, Principal Medical Officer Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards and Epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds, calling them all “failures.”
“Look at where we are today,” she said.
She said she called for changes to the team months ago and was condemned for it.
“Where are these commentators now? Come out and say something to these families of these persons who have since died,” she said.
She said the 1,600 death toll is the same as the three-year murder rate and yet no one was called to account.
“You see in this country, anyone who goes against the popular opinion of the day is condemned and cancelled because you want to cancel conversation and opinion. We have now reached 1,600 deaths,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar called for a Commission of Enquiry into the management of COVID-19.