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Per­sad-Bisses­sar said the coun­try need­ed to ask Browne what he has been do­ing for the past six months

Op­po­si­tion leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has la­belled Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh and his col­league Dr Amery Browne “dead­beats” and called on them to “do their jobs.”

On Mon­day, both Deyals­ingh and Browne chid­ed Per­sad-Bisses­sar for in­sert­ing her­self in gov­ern­ment-to-gov­ern­ment busi­ness when she wrote to In­dia Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Mo­di re­quest­ing a do­na­tion of COVID-19 vac­cines.

Yes­ter­day, how­ev­er, Per­sad-Bisses­sar hit back in a press re­lease.

“My re­sponse to both of these dead­beat min­is­ters is that if you were on­ly do­ing your job I wouldn’t have to do it for you,” Per­sad-Bisses­sar said.

Per­sad-Bisses­sar said the coun­try need­ed to ask Browne what he has been do­ing for the past six months.

“Is Min­is­ter Browne so bad at his job he can’t arrange to col­lect vac­cines from a na­tion giv­ing them away? Is Min­is­ter Browne the new Den­nis Moses?” she asked.

“This PNM Gov­ern­ment can­not on one hand tell us the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic is so se­vere that they need to im­me­di­ate­ly with­draw 3 bil­lion US dol­lars from the Her­itage and Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Fund and on the oth­er hand say it’s im­prop­er to sug­gest Trinidad and To­ba­go is reel­ing from the pan­dem­ic.

“Sure­ly, these PNM mup­pets must know that I have a con­sti­tu­tion­al du­ty to en­sure the safe wel­fare of our cit­i­zens, es­pe­cial­ly in times such as these when it is clear that our gov­ern­ment has ab­di­cat­ed its ur­gent re­spon­si­bil­i­ty to pro­tect our cit­i­zens.”

Per­sad-Bisses­sar said from day one of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress had asked the Gov­ern­ment to “work to­geth­er to pro­tect our cit­i­zens yet they ig­nored our calls.”

“As a re­sult, I can­not sit and al­low our cit­i­zens to ex­ist in un­cer­tain­ty as it re­lates to vac­ci­na­tions while the Caribbean moves ahead of us,” she said.

Per­sad-Bisses­sar said last week, Deyals­ingh dis­played “gross in­com­pe­tence” by say­ing that the 2,000 vac­cines gift­ed to T&T by Bar­ba­dos was from In­dia and that Bar­ba­dos was just a dis­tri­b­u­tion hub. She said Deyals­ingh’s gaffe cre­at­ed “mas­sive em­bar­rass­ment” for the na­tion in the eyes of Cari­com neigh­bours.

“That the Min­is­ter of Health had be­gun vac­ci­nat­ing front­line work­ers with vac­cines of ori­gins he did not know is gross neg­li­gence for which Min­is­ter Deyals­ingh should have been fired,” Per­sad-Bisses­sad said.

“As for Min­is­ter Browne, I would like to point out to him that ac­cord­ing to the lat­est news re­ports, five more Caribbean coun­tries are go­ing to re­ceive batch­es of COVID-19 vac­cines as a gift from In­dia. How is it that our Cari­com part­ners have all man­aged to source vac­cine do­na­tions from In­dia, yet Trinidad and To­ba­go has not had a sim­i­lar arrange­ment?”

Per­sad-Bisses­sar said she made no apolo­gies for writ­ing to Mo­di to re­quest the vac­cines.

Yes­ter­day, the In­di­an High Com­mis­sion­er’s of­fice tweet­ed the me­dia re­port that Per­sad-Bisses­sar had writ­ten to Mo­di with­out con­text. The tweet was lat­er delet­ed.


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