Opposition Senators are standing in defence of their leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, stating the accusations levied against her by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that she tipped off Marlene McDonald one month before her arrest was “spurious and flights of fancy.”
Batting for Persad-Bissessar yesterday were six Senators who hosted a press conference in Port-of-Spain dispelling the allegations raised by Rowley.
The media was told that Persad-Bissessar was attending a caucus meeting and could not be present at the conference.
On Monday, Rowley revealed to the Parliament that Persad-Bissessar warned her political adversary McDonald one month before her arrest that she was going to be locked up.
In response, Anita Haynes said instead of speaking about the firing, rehiring and fraud charges laid against McDonald, Rowley chose to rope Persad-Bissessar “into this situation. We will not allow that.”
Haynes said Rowley was creating a distraction and “trying to take the nation down a rabbit hole with him to say that the political leader tipped off McDonald.”
Haynes said McDonald came forward to say Persad-Bissessar had warned her because she has a lot of her plate.
“Is 22 witnesses against Ms McDonald. I hope she focuses on the accusation levied against her which are very serious.”
Haynes said the entire issue was a “he say and she say.”
Asked if the PM did not speak the truth, Haynes replied:
“They are trying to manipulate what could have been crosstalk and conversations to make it something that it is not.”
Questioned if Persad-Bissessar would take Rowley before the Parliamentary Privileges Committee for his statements, Wade Mark said that was a decision for the parliamentary caucus.
“She cannot take that unilaterally.”
Mark warned the country to “stay tuned” when asked if Persad-Bissessar will break her silence on the matter at the UNC’s Monday Night Forum.
Pressed if the Opposition viewed the PM’s allegations against their leader as damning, Khadijah Ameen said no, stating that the damning allegations are against McDonald.