Tuesday, October 23, 2012

No corruption in my government: PM Kamla

Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets supporters at a political rally in Tobago
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has promised swift action against anyone in her administration who engages in any form of corruption. And she says so far there is no evidence of any corruption in her Government.

She made the point at a fund-raising dinner and dance over the weekend hosted by the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) to raise funds for its upcoming Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.

Guests, who included cabinet ministers and the leader of TOP, paid $1,000 a plate.

Here are edited excerpts of what the Prime Minister said:

"They talk of corruption in my Government and up to today they cannot give me one specific instance of corruption. They call names, they blame people, there's nothing I've seen evidence of and I promise you this—the day any evidence of corruption comes in my face I will deal with it.

"No minister will stand, no councillor will stand and no board member will stand. I've already demonstrated my commitment to transparency and accountability...

"There are those who want no change and every time we do something different there are some persons who say we have done wrong, but you know what it is they fear ... the change that you voted for on May 24...

"...As your Government, as we seek to make changes, I think the Attorney General, he's seeking to make changes in the way legal briefs are given out, there's resistance to that change. I see the Minister of Water Resources making inroads in dealing with forestry and environment, there's resistance to that change...

"We have a Minister of National Security taking a different approach to dealing with the horrendous crime level in our country. Guess what, resistance to change...

"When you pick up a newspaper, when you look at the TV, when you see the naysayers, remember my words to you: resistance to change...

"But if we do things in the same old way ... then our nation would not go forward, our children will not grow and will not develop and so we have to make changes, some of those will be difficult changes but we cannot do things the same old way and expect the nation to change...let not your voices be silenced by the loud naysayers who wish to have no change".

"Never ever surrender...never ever give ground, never give way."

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