Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PM Kamla tells party supporters she's fully in charge, accuses detractors of being enemies of the state

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told supporters of her United National Congress (UNC) Monday the People’s Partnership government is moving forward with its agenda and “nothing will stop us until this nation is transformed.” 

Speaking at a UNC meeting in Penal, she said that transformation includes a reduction in crime, an end to poverty and the provision of sustainable jobs, affordable housing, better quality health care and food security. 

She also addressed an issue that has become a new national agenda item. “You have been hearing our detractors say that I am not in charge, that I am being manipulated,” she said. “I want to tell you why they are pushing that kind of propaganda. They thought that as a woman, I would have succumbed to the challenges of leading this country."

She said the intention of such propaganda was to cause citizens to lose faith in the government and cause its fall. “They thought that if the Head is cut off the body would rot. Well the head is not going to be cut off and as such the body will continue to be strong, healthy and united. We are one together,” she declared.

She said what her detractors forgot was that “you are that body and it upon that body that this head is supported…remember always that when they attack your leader, they are also attacking you. “

She said her record speaks for itself about who is really in charge of the government. “I have never been afraid to fire, to rebuke or to censure Ministers and Chairmen and Members of State Boards and to do so as and when required,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar added that she has also shown strong leadership at the legislative level without fear or favour, adding that she has no fear or any mortal. “I am afraid of no one except God the Father.”

And she made it clear that she is not a puppet in the hands of anyone. “I am not for rent or sale to anyone. 
She called herself “a leader with tremendous patience and fortitude” who would not be provoked into rash action to do anything that will destroy what you have worked for which is a partnership government.” 

Persad-Bissessar reiterated what she said at the UNC Congress on Saturday – that she would not allow persons with private agendas “to mash up the partnership”.

She added, “Being a leader does not mean that I cannot be compassionate and caring while I make and implement tough decisions. That is what a leader must be. Compassionate and caring while I make and implement tough decisions.”

She spoke of her government’s track record in dealing with “a $20 Billion CLICO debacle, a 500 million dollars plus HCU debacle, a billion dollar OPV debacle” as well as delivering on the elimination of VAT on thousands of food items.

The Prime Minister said her detractors cannot challenge the government’s record of delivery so now they have turned to a direct attack on her as a leader. She said there is more to come.

“They are going to continue to attack the character of your PM, your Ministers and your MPs…They have mounted protests outside our Embassy in London hoping to sell this country short and to scare away investors.

She called them “enemies” of the country who are prepared to ruin the prospects for economic development and social good for the people “in pursuit of their naked grab for power.”

Persad-Bissessar called on her supporters to "roll up your sleeves, put on your boots, get your umbrellas and go into the field" and confront our detractors with the facts of our performance." She declared, "Go forth bravely!"

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