PORT OF SPAIN — After stating that he resigned from office to “take the heat off” of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, former national security minister Jack Warner yesterday offered her advice based on what he said was a disconnect with the citizenry and ministers who were too self-serving.
Warner, addressing a rally at Cacandee Road, Felicity, in his former constituency of Chaguanas West, spoke highly of Persad-Bissessar and said the country would fare well only under her leadership and not that of Opposition leader Dr. Keith Rowley.
But Warner has issued three bulletins of advice to the prime minister, whom he said is being given “donkey advice” by some of those around her.
He has also launched a pointed attack at former Cabinet colleague Works Minister Surujrattan Rambachan, whom he called “the most vindictive man ever” and who a South Trinidad councillor yesterday came on stage to claim had been abusive toward him.
Warner, giving his first piece of “advice”, said he wants Persad-Bissessar to know there is a perception that some of her ministers are more concerned with themselves than with the welfare of the people.
“You know who they are,” Warner said, in his remarks aimed directly at the Prime Minister. He said Persad-Bissessar should call out these ministers, sit down with them and “read them the riot act”.
“There is also a disconnect between the Government and the people,” Warner said – his second bit of advice.
“Go on a ‘meet the people’ tour. Be ‘candidate Kamla’ once again.”
Finally, Warner has offered to take the prime minister’s hand in his and walk the East-West Corridor – a People’s National Movement stronghold – for the upcoming local government elections.
“If we don’t win the Corridor, we don’t win the government,” Warner said, adding these were “serious times” and that Persad-Bissessar can’t fight such a battle on her own.
Prior to offering his guidance, Warner said there was a great deal of pressure on Persad-Bissessar for him to resign, despite the fact that he was being attacked with suspicion and allegations, and not with evidence.
He said he told the Prime Minister he would resign to take heat off of her and that he would begin an independent campaign against Rowley.
Warner also claimed again that Persad-Bissessar, at their last meeting, told him he could easily win the Chaguanas West seat.
Adding that no man is bigger than the party and no party is bigger than the people, Warner said: “Against all odds, against the best advice from friends and political pundits. I have returned to you for a validation of both my stewardship and the integrity with which I served you.” (Express)