PORT OF SPAIN – People’s National Movement political leader Dr. Keith Rowley has given Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar until Wednesday to get rid of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.
Addressing his party’s Arima constituency 43rd annual conference at the Arima Town Hall last evening, Rowley, who quoted from Hansard, criticised Ramlogan’s contribution in Parliament about the Opposition’s acceptance of Section 34, when he said both Rowley and another Opposition MP had given their “qualified unconditional support for the abolition of the preliminary enquiry bill” in the house.
Rowley said this was a breach of both the trust and respect required by the Parliament of Ramlogan’s office.
“…Anand Ramlogan should not be Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago. Those are the facts. So we in the PNM will continue to rally this country to stand up to this Government. Today is Sunday.
“We meet in public meeting at Arouca Junction on Wednesday night. I invite everyone of you present in this room to come to Five Rivers Junction Wednesday night. If by Wednesday Anand Ramlogan is still the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago, I am asking the people of Trinidad and Tobago to stand by for further action.
“I say to Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, do like Richard Nixon when he was confronted and stand up and tell this nation ‘I am not a crook’.”
Rowley pointed out that Opposition support for the bill came with the condition that it be properly implemented, and he appealed to the former minister of justice Herbert Volney that whatever they did, that they did not go back on their word and try to implement it without ensuring all the relevant steps were taken.
He described the early proclamation of Section 34 as a conspiracy hatched by individuals to allow some to escape justice in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Before we pass the law in the Parliament, they had carte blanche to go there secretly and breach the parliamentary trust, proclaim key clauses, one particular clause, prematurely in time to head off preliminary enquiry… and is my fault. But I am not accepting that. I am taking blame for having taken the word of these culprits in the Parliament.
Rowley said, “We have seen enough, we have heard enough, we have felt enough and enough is enough, their days are numbered.”
“And the number is getting smaller every day,” he added. (Express)