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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the most wronged Prime Minister of all time; and perhaps it has to do with her being a woman. Spare a thought for the woman (No Woman No Cry) having to deal with these ministers and officials who so often mislead her into defending the indefensible in public.
Imagine this obscure Minister of Land and Marine Resources, one Jairam Seemungal, open his big mouth and tell a reporter on national television for everyone to see and hear that State lands being occupied by SIS ent have nothing to do with public business and so “I don’t want to go into people’s private business, whether it is State land or not, it is private business.”
He then set up his Prime Minister and have the Honorable PM say to the House: “I have spoken to the Honourable Minister of Land and Marine Resources. He has indicated that at no time did he state that the lease or other agreement with regard to State lands entered into by SIS and the Government is a private matter and therefore should not be disclosed.”
Unforgiveable, Minister Seemungal, you could have got the PM in trouble with the House rules regarding truthfulness. It good they take away part of your land portfolio and give it to Minister Moonilal so you could now tell reporters go check him.
But not just ministers without a public profile have placed the PM in a monkey pants. In defence of her trusted attorney general, Anand Ramlogan, she was forced to say he was not in the Cabinet meeting (off on a vacation) when the Section 34 legislation came forward; the ungrateful AG went and corrected the record a few days later and said he was in fact at the Cabinet meeting. Talk bout cutting off your nose to spoil your face!
And that man who she take from the bench and give him a big justice ministry, he misinformed her about a meeting with the Chief Justice. What’s more embarrassing is that Jack Warner, a man she defended for years against Fifa, the United States, Great Britain and every Tom, Dick and Harrilal who wanted to wash they mouth on him, was in the meeting with Minister of Justice and he ent say nothing to the PM about the truth of what he said.
And this was the same minister who convinced the PM to make her agree to pay $7.5 million for a water truck not worth $1 million. Why allyuh so?
Attorney General Ramlogan get himself in a bacchanal with attorney David West about a witness statement. He ent tell he PM nothing, not even when she buss de mark in Cabinet that she select West. Even Minister Gary Griffith, he remain silent about his court statement saying the AG try to set him up. Ah set of “set-up” men.
And as if this innocent-to-the truth PM does not have to breaks sufficient blows from inside her Cabinet, West ent say he have cocoa in the sun and the opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley did not report to her.
To do the PM a further injustice, no one in her Cabinet, no public servant ent tell the lady that she should have done due diligence on West before having him appointed … what a way to treat a Prime Minister!
Then this Commissioner of State Lands, Ian Fletcher, go and leggo the bomb that SIS does not have permission for all of the lands it is occupying in Perseverance Village, Couva. To compound it, the state agency that controlling the land force the PM to go to the Parliament to say: “I am told by the EMBDC (Estate Management Business Development Company) that they agreed to rent a parcel of land in Perseverance, Couva, for the purpose of stockpiling materials.”
These state and public officials should get their stories straight and not continuously embarrass the Prime Minister.
But one of the biggest setups of the PM was when ministers such as Sandy, Rambachan and others defended to the death the appointment of Reshmi Ramnarine. They read out in the House, “false papers” that she had UWI qualifications and force the PM to defend the appointment.
Worse, not even the fellas on the National Security Council coulda check out Ramnarine and tell the PM “doh go there”; after all she may be the chairman of the council and should know that such checks have to be made for such an important position; but she is only the Prime Minister and head of the Council, why did they expect her to know how to pursue her responsibilities.
Think about how the PM bent over backwards to help ah “two pull man” on a video. She put she hand in fire for him: she could not be sure even though it look like him, it sound like him, it probably was him, but she cannot be sure. How he pay she back, tens of millions unaccounted for in SporTT.
The above approach is taken to demonstrate that the PM does not take responsibility for very serious decisions of her government.
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