PORT OF SPAIN – Government has defended Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, saying the “ganja video” is a vicious attempt at character assassination.
The Ministry of Communications headed by Vasant Bharath issued a two-page release yesterday, the second page of which detailed some of the accomplishments of the People’s Partnership government.
The release stated that the video was a distraction from the issues which Roberts raised in the Parliament as it relates to Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley accompanying private investors as their consultant to meet with then minister Ganga Singh some 14 years ago to discuss the Beetham Wastewater Project.
“It is rather peculiar that an undated video, framing what is alleged to be a minister of government surfaces –– one that carries no evidence of anything but a distraction from the real burning issues of the day, some of which were raised by the Honourable Minister of Sport Anil Roberts,” stated the release.
“Any attempt to answer the questions on the video would serve the agenda of an opposition so desperate to distract the population from the achievements summarised in the fourth Anniversary of the People’s Partnership, that it would go to any length,” it added.
The release stated that it was not just coincidental that it was Roberts who exposed critical questions on Rowley’s personal interest in the Wastewater Project.
“As a reminder, minister Roberts asked the minority opposition leader whether he did in fact once meet with Ganga Singh on the Beetham Wastewater Project accompanied by a group of potential investors. He was further asked whether this interest continues today on the project,” stated the release.
“Those questions remain more relevant today than any video of an alleged minister rolling an unidentified substance. There is no relevance to the political theatre crafted by agents of mischief, produced and directed with obvious intent to distract from issues that affect the population,” it added.
“The Government sees this as nothing more than a vicious attempt at character assassination and will not validate it with any further commentary,” the release continued.