In the past weeks, it has become quite clear that not only does Dr Keith Rowley lack vision as well as plans to take our nation forward, but he is also attempting to distract from the fact that his government has no track record of national development in the last five years.
Dr Rowley hopes that the population would disregard the incompetence of his administration and the complete lack of any new idea, but the people of Trinidad and Tobago will not accept that this time around. The people want to see plans, ideas, and policies for their future, not distractions.
It is quite disheartening that while the standard of living of citizens has worsened in the last five years and our nation has been brought to the point of crisis by Dr Rowley’s mismanagement, he is seeking again to mount a campaign built on allegations aimed at gaining political points.
Instead of offering solutions to deal with the numerous socio-economic issues facing citizens that have emerged due to his poor leadership, Dr Rowley is using the same tactic he employed in the 2015 general election campaign with his emailgate accusations, which were debunked and shown to be false.
Dr Rowley must be reminded that investigations currently underway remain a police matter and must be dealt with by the police. It is rather unethical, if not in total contravention of the separation of powers which bolsters our democracy, that the head of the political arm of the State would be seeking to utilise information from an independent arm of the State for political benefit.
How can the prime minister be privy to such information, especially on the eve of an election? Clearly, the disclosure of such information is not being done in the public’s interest but being done in the interest of the Peoples National Movement (PNM).
We understand that the prime minister is losing support and is feeling the pressure of such, resulting in his “bullying attitude” towards his opponents, but a police investigation cannot be used as a Baliser House political tool.
The hard-working members of our Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and their work must be left off the PNM’s platforms.
The recent allegations represent the fact that the prime minister has done nothing for this nation’s development in the last five years and is seeking to run a campaign like 2015, hoping to retain power on allegations, untruths, and distractions. It is an insult to the suffering citizens of our nation and is the latest example that Dr Rowley is a leader who is incapable of leading a nation.
Unlike Dr Rowley and the PNM, the political leader of the United National Congress (UNC) Kamla Persad-Bissessar put forward her party’s plans since October 2019 – the UNC National Economic Transformation Masterplan. The UNC has a clear plan to create 50,000 new jobs and put more money in people’s pockets by lowering taxes. In the absence of a plan of their own, and with no track record of which to speak, the PNM has resorted to dirty tricks and political games.
The people of Trinidad and Tobago deserve better. On August 10, 2020, we are confident that the people will choose a leader and team that has the vision, plan, and capability to get our country working again – the United National Congress.
The National Secretariat of The United National Congress