Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has addressed the nation in television broadcasts before on key issues affecting the economy including the decision to shut down debt-saddled Petrotrin.
The time has come for him to face the citizenry to account for the runaway crime which has threatened to destroy the freedom we all deserve.
With a key ally charged with damning corruption offences where money was allegedly siphoned from the state’s coffers for personal gain, Dr Rowley is not in an enviable position.
He has held that ministers are responsible for their own actions. His political campaign in 2015 was based on corrupt transgressions of the former administration.
Dr Rowley’s silence since charges were filed against Ms Marlene McDonald and four others warrant nothing short of an explanation from the man in charge.
Not only was Ms McDonald one of the more experienced ministers in his administration, she also held the position as deputy political leader of the PNM, which drafted and approved the party’s manifesto for the country.
Just over two weeks ago, the Prime Minister chose a political platform to respond to sustained calls for his administration to do more to address the worrying issue of crime. He blasted the media and the Judiciary for being unfair to his administration.
No Dr Rowley, wrong time and place.
Dr Rowley sits as the Prime Minister of the entire country, speaking to party faithful is simply not good enough.
The PNM has scheduled a political meeting tomorrow at City Hall where Dr Rowley intends to address the issues facing Ms McDonald and the embarrassing 11th-hour dumping of Mr Garvin Simonette as her replacement after Mr Simonette’s criminal record on a DUI charge in the US surfaced online.
This begs the question: are proper background checks made before people are appointed to public office? Mr Simonette’s criminal record pre-dates his appointment as a government senator in 2018.
And, if the DUI conviction was sufficient to discard Mr Simonette, then why is Dr Lester Henry still an active senator after he was convicted of a similar charge in T&T?
The Prime Minister needs to account to the people of this country for his insistence to reappoint Ms McDonald to his Cabinet even though he was aware that a police investigation was still in train. All indicators should have pointed him in the opposite direction.
Now he has to face the political fallout of his decision going into an election year, something the Opposition UNC will no doubt squeeze for maximum effect.
Dr Rowley can no longer linger on assuring citizens everything in the State’s arsenal is being done to stamp out criminal gangs, including the severing of every and any state resources to them.
LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian