Panday: Bring law to separate vaccinated from unvaccinated / While COVID-19 in­oc­u­la­tion is still vol­un­tary, for­mer prime min­is­ter Bas­deo Pan­day is sug­gest­ing that law­mak­ers bring leg­is­la­tion to sep­a­rate vac­ci­nat­ed peo­ple from those who are un­vac­ci­nat­ed.

This comes as COVID-19 in­fec­tions and deaths in the coun­try have sky­rock­et­ed and amid calls for manda­to­ry vac­ci­na­tions.

Pan­day made the com­ment on the Aakash Vani 106.5 FM Morn­ing Pan­chay­at pro­gramme af­ter he was asked what he would have done had he been prime min­is­ter dur­ing this pan­dem­ic.

He said, “I do not re­al­ly know what the facts are but I would cer­tain­ly try to have the en­tire coun­try vac­ci­nat­ed…one two and three shots what­ev­er is need­ed.”

How­ev­er, he said in or­der to do that the law must be en­forced.

“We have lots of reg­u­la­tions in the coun­try to­day but the law is not en­forced. You go around and you see the law be­ing bro­ken all over the place. So if peo­ple know that they are go­ing to have to obey the law you go­ing to have a dif­fer­ent sce­nario. That’s the first thing. Al­so, they have not in­sti­tut­ed al­though the coun­try is high, what is called the sep­a­ra­tion of those who are vac­ci­nat­ed from those who are not. Peo­ple say they are free not to be vac­ci­nat­ed, that may be true but they are not free to cause me to get it and die. So I will sep­a­rate those from vac­ci­nat­ed, from those who are not, and laws to do that and en­force the law.”

Al­so ad­dress­ing the crime sit­u­a­tion, Pan­day said his ad­min­is­tra­tion had brought crime down to the low­est lev­el the coun­try had seen in about 30 years. As prime min­is­ter, he said, he pro­vid­ed the re­sources to the law en­force­ment agen­cies while he prop­er­ly man­aged the re­sources and made sure peo­ple did what they were sup­posed to.

“I do not know if that is be­ing done and I do not know what are the mea­sures that have been tak­en in or­der to en­sure first of all re­sources and sec­ond­ly man­age­ment,” Pan­day added.

Al­so com­ment­ing on how the coun­try is be­ing gov­erned, he said the cur­rent state of pol­i­tics is one of chaos “and it con­sists of noth­ing more than a naked strug­gle for pow­er be­cause once they have pow­er they have con­trol over the state re­sources and can do what they want to do.”

He said this prob­lem oc­curs be­cause of the con­sti­tu­tion­al arrange­ment of the gov­ern­ment and the on­ly way out of it is con­sti­tu­tion­al re­form. “We can­not get out of the cur­rent prob­lem if we do not change the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. To change the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem you have to have fun­da­men­tal con­sti­tu­tion­al re­form,” he not­ed.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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