Kamla: PM changing tune on Sabga report

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«Don’t back back Prime Min­is­ter!»

That was the re­quest from Op­po­si­tion leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar on Mon­day night, as she claimed Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley was chang­ing his tune on whether his par­ty had knowl­edge of the abuse in chil­dren’s homes high­light­ed in the 1997 Robert Sab­ga Re­port.

She al­so called on the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice to probe an al­leged «pae­dophile ring» in the Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM).

At last night’s UNC fo­rum, Per­sad-Bisses­sar wad­ed in­to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley on his state­ments last Sun­day on Sab­ga re­port.

She al­leged he’d «lied» to the Par­lia­ment that she and the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress «hid» the re­port, but not­ed on Sun­day he was «back­ing back.»

«So don’t back back Mr Row­ley! He moves the goal­posts each time,» she said, al­leg­ing he was «chang­ing his talk now.»

She said the UNC re­ceived the re­port back then and it was in the pub­lic do­main, there was a re­cent me­dia ref­er­ence to a Cab­i­net note on the re­port and not­ed ex-min­is­ter Manohar Ram­saran, «and you were in Cab­i­net for sev­en years.»

Per­sad-Bisses­sar fur­ther said PNM’s Camille Robin­son-Reg­is had spo­ken of the Sab­ga re­port in 2002. She quot­ed what she said, adding, «And Robin­son-Reg­is has been sit­ting in Gov­ern­ment for sev­en years! She should tell her Prime Min­is­ter… she’s sit­ting next to you in Par­lia­ment!»

Call­ing on the TTPS to in­ves­ti­gate an al­leged «pae­dophile ring» in the PNM, Per­sad-Bisses­sar claimed Gov­ern­ment «can­not con­tin­ue pro­tect­ing these dis­gust­ing peo­ple. These are the high-rank­ing elit­ists and op­por­tunists who tram­ple the grass­roots mem­bers.»

She said if Row­ley was so in­ter­est­ed in pro­tect­ing chil­dren, he should «name the big wigs» and the Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er should in­ter­view him.

Per­sad-Bisses­sar asked what was be­ing done about the 2021 Ju­dith Jones re­port on chil­dren’s homes and why for­mer Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty di­rec­tor Nico­la Harvery-Mitchell wasn’t in­ter­viewed.

She al­so raised queries on PNM MP Fos­ter Cum­mings and yes­ter­day’s me­dia re­port of a trans­ac­tion flagged by the Fi­nan­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit in­volv­ing com­pa­nies Cum­mings was af­fil­i­at­ed with.

«Row­ley where are you? Faris, where are you..? Fol­low the mon­ey! Did the State pro­vide lawyers for these mat­ters….is the mat­ter still pend­ing?»

She al­so said if the TTPS Spe­cial Branch’s 2019 re­port on al­leged ac­tiv­i­ties is still live, Cum­mings should step down.

But Per­sad-Bisses­sar said the on­ly one re­moved in the PNM was ex-MP Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald, who had worked «so hard for the par­ty.»

Per­sad-Bisses­sar al­so heaped scorn on Row­ley’s plans for agri­cul­ture and oil re­fin­ing with Guyana.

She said the mo­tion against Row­ley wasn’t al­lowed to be read in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day and was shut down. She al­so as­sured the UNC’s Na­tex elec­tions are in keep­ing with its con­sti­tu­tion.

The for­mer prime min­is­ter said the elec­tions will of­fer an op­por­tu­ni­ty not to di­vide but will make UNC stronger. She said nom­i­na­tion forms can be col­lect­ed to­mor­row and nom­i­na­tions close June 5.

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