Monday, October 1, 2012

Moonilal calls Rowley a liar, says no signatures on petition sent to President

Roodal Moonilal told supporters in Chaguanas Saturday afternoon Opposition leader Keith Rowley lied to the people when he said he presented a petition to the acting president containing 25,000 signatures. 

The deputy leader of the United National Congress (UNC) made the disclosure at a pre-budget rally at Mid Centre Mall. He said Rowley was dishonest when he claimed that he presented a strong petition to acting President Timothy Hamel-Smith. 

The leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) has claimed that he presented a petition to the acting president with 25,000 signatures calling for greater accountability from the government and asking for full disclosure from the Prime Minister about matters relating to the controversial Section 34.

However Moonilal said many of the signatures Rowley had were bogus, adding that many people who signed up did not even know what they were signing. In the end, he said, the petition was rejected.

Moonilal made good on a threat he issued earlier in the week to "expose" Rowley if the opposition leader did not cancel his demand for the dismissal of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.

The UNC Deputy Leader also addressed the issue of support from several groups, mainly trade unions, for the PNM. He said the leader of the Oilfield Workers' Trade Union (OWTU), Ancel Roget, is showing his true PNM colours as is David Abdullah, the leader of the Movement for Social Justice (MSJ).

Moonilal reminded his audience of the strong leadership that the OWTU has had since its formation in 1937 by Adrian Kola Rienzi. He named stalwarts like Tubal Uriah "Buzz" Butler, George Weeks and current Labour Minister, Errol McLeod. He said Roget doesn't have the support of the membership in his support for the PNM and said the members "would deal with Roget at Paramount building", the headquarters of the OWTU.

Moonilal said Rowley is "farse and out of place" call for any member of the cabinet to be fired. He said Rowley's attempt to undermine the government would fail because sup[port for Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the People's Partnership government remains strong.

The Express newspaper said TV6 reported that the acting president was asked about the petition. It said Hamel-Smith stated that he did receive such a document from Rowley but it did not have any signatures. It added that although Rowley promised to provide the signatures he had not done so. 

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