Saturday, May 25, 2013

PM Kamla says Rowley not fit to hold office; speaks of vision of unity at PP anniversary rally

PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar: "He (Rowley) is not fit to hold office and should be removed"
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar explained on Friday the rules under which she was allowed to speak after Opposition Leader the Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley in the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. 

She also noted that there is a precedent for it since she spoke after Dr. Rowley in a previous no confidence motion in the government in March 2012. 

Persad-Bissessar was speaking at the People’s Partnership third anniversary rally at the Centre City Car Park in Chaguanas. She noted that the Speaker allowed her to make her presentation after Dr. Rowley in keeping with Standing Order 34.(2).

Standing Order 34 states:
Right of Reply
(1) The mover of a motion may reply after all the other Members present have had an opportunity of addressing the House and before the question is put, and after such reply no other Member may speak, except as provided in paragraph (2) of this Order.
(2) A Minister or a Parliamentary Secretary may conclude a debate on any motion which is critical of the Government, or reflects adversely on or is calculated to bring discredit upon the Government or an Officer thereof.

The Prime Minister also reiterated that Rowley acted “recklessly” and “irresponsibility” by presenting in Parliament documents purporting to be emails from her and other government ministers without first authenticating what she said were bogus documents.

She also said Rowley had a civic responsibility to report the matter to the police instead of waiting several months before bringing a motion of no confidence to the House of Representatives based on material that has turned out to be “fabricated”.

She had harsh words for Rowley, saying his behaviour made him unfit to hold the office of Leader of the Opposition. “Rowley is the worst opposition leader ever in Trinidad and Tobago. He has brought his office, parliament and politics into disrepute,” she said. “He is not fit to hold office and should be removed.” 

A section of the large crowd at the anniversary rally Friday night
In a speech focused mostly on the theme of unity, strength and a vision for a better Trinidad and Tobago, the Prime Minister declared that that her People’s Partnership remains strong and united. 

During the past three years, she said, the groups managed the country well primarily because of the government’s commitment of service and also because of the flexibility that allowed different members of the group to make decisions through dialogue and consensus.

“Those who oppose us still refuse to understand the concept of a coalition. They do not understand the rich diversity of our society and that the only way that we can govern and grow is by bringing those diverse elements under our big tent called the People’s Partnership,” Persad-Bissessar said.

“We must never measure the rights of a people by colour or social standing. We are one people, one family. And this is OUR COUNTRY. We will work together and we will build together,” she promised.

She spoke of development under her stewardship and added that in the past three years her administration has been undertaking development everywhere. And she pledged that despite opposition objections, her government would continue along this path. 

The Prime Minister also spoke about her vision, which she said is founded on fundamental respect for the individual.

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