Is there a PNM Wives Club?
As far as Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is concerned, there is one and the wives are benefiting.
Speaking in Chaguanas on Monday night, Persad-Bissessar claimed that a wife of a Government Minister has close links to a company which received several Government contracts under this Government.
Who is this wife?
The Opposition Leader has called on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of Health Terrance Deyalsingh for answers.
She has called Deyalsingh “Terrible Terrance”, and said the Minister was rejecting children in need from the life fund and not opening the Couva Hospital. “I promise you we will amend the law when we return to office so that sick children will not suffer.
“He now wants people to pay to use the hospital at Couva. What madness is this? Taxpayers’ money paid for that and now they want to charge you. Have a heart. We had a plan for that hospital to earn money through medical tourism.”
She continued, “Tonight, I want to ask Deyalsingh about a company called Unicom.
“This company has the contract for several Government projects which includes the Mt Hope School of Dentistry and the Red House Restoration project. It is our understanding that the company is also handling the Port of Spain General Hospital reconstruction project.
“I call tonight on the Minister of Health and the Prime Minister to say which PNM Minister’s wife works at this company. It’s also alleged that the Minister and his wife are friends of the owner of the company.”
Persad-Bissessar described Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn as heartless.
She said the Minister told people after the flooding that if you build your house in a lagoon you look for that. This Minister mounted a platform and proudly announced that her greatest achievement was to take away food cards from people.
“She says that over 13,000 people didn’t show up for re-certification.
We have people who can’t travel, disabled people, people in wheelchairs, single mothers, people who are afraid that when they go to the offices they may get embarrassed.
They frighten people and embarrass them because they want a food card.
Compare this heartless government with our Direct Impact programme.
What are her achievements? She took away cerebral palsy grants and employment for single mothers.
“They refuse to open building for disabled persons in Carlsen Field.
They refuse to give people flood relief grants.
“This Minister is a total failure, incompetent, lazy and is a puppet of the 1%.
Between the tag team of Crichlow-Cockburn and Terrible Terrance, and others, poor people in this country don’t have a chance.”
Despite the bacchanal, Persad-Bissessar said the future is bright.
“We will move forward and not repeat the mistakes of the past. We must learn, be humble, reach out, build bridges, listen to others who are on the fence and welcome the genuine ones into the party. This clueless, incompetent, uncaring Rowley Government cannot govern Trinidad and Tobago. But there is always hope. I have promised you, and I intend to keep that promise, I will ensure that your party returns good governance to our beloved nation.”
She said many UNC members have worked tirelessly to prepare the party for the next local and general elections. “We have done a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and I would like to thank the hundreds of people who have worked with us over the past three years.
“Their work was reflected in the last local government elections where we got more votes than the PNM and in the recent Barataria and Belmont elections. Let us all thank Liana and Sharon and everyone associated.
“We accept we made mistakes, we can improve. Your opinions may differ, come speak with us, join with us, let’s work together to improve, no matter which party you are from we welcome you. Our doors are open and now is the time; the time is now.”
She continued, “My friends, our country is suffering because of this incompetent, uncaring Rowley-led PNM Government.
But there is always hope. I have promised you, and I intend to keep that promise, I will ensure that your party returns good governance to our beloved nation.
Again, I call on all right-thinking citizens to join with us as we work to make Trinidad and Tobago a better place. Already, we are seeing a surge in young people, professionals, interested in joining our party and are proving that they are up to the task of rescuing or country from this hapless Rowley Government.
The UNC has strengthened, renewed, reorganized, and our councillors are showing Increased vigour and commitment.
“The UNC is the best hope to return prosperity and growth to our nation.
The UNC has prepared a vision and a plan to return stability to our nation and take us on a progressive path.
“We will work towards building a society that is just, that is based on merit.
We believe in strengthening the family and promoting independence by engendering a home owning democracy.
We will continue to empower citizens through education and skill development, promoting economic independence.
“The UNC believes in providing opportunities for the development of new businesses, new industries and the development of sustainable self-sufficiency, while creating a culture of being globally competitive.”