Moonilal calls for Young’s head over prison break

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 06:30

Re­sign im­me­di­ate­ly over yes­ter­day’s “twin dis­as­ters.”

This was the call to Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young from Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress MP Roodal Mooni­lal fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s “twin dis­as­ters” where pris­on­ers es­caped cus­tody from the Re­mand Sec­tion of the Gold­en Grove prison in Arou­ca, while a search he­li­copter in­volved in the man­hunt crashed.

“This sug­gests that the arms of na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty have been ir­repara­bly im­paired un­der Min­is­ter Young. I call up­on the min­is­ter to im­me­di­ate­ly ten­der his res­ig­na­tion over this colos­sal lev­el of in­com­pe­tence and em­bar­rass­ment in the na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty sec­tor un­der his watch,” Mooni­lal said dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Sen­ate sit­ting.

A Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­istry state­ment con­firmed the he­li­copter be­ing utilised in the search ex­pe­ri­enced “tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties whilst in­flight and made a hard land­ing.” There were no fa­tal­i­ties or se­ri­ous in­juries to its pas­sen­gers.

Mooni­lal, how­ev­er, said, “To add in­sult to in­jury - an es­caped pris­on­er is­sues an ‘of­fi­cial state­ment’ on the cir­cum­stances of his case. This would have been fun­ny had it not been trag­ic. The in­com­pe­tent Stu­art Young, Min­is­ter of Every­thing, has again in­di­cat­ed why he’s un­able to ac­com­plish any­thing in his core port­fo­lios.”

He added, “While pris­on­ers are es­cap­ing from cus­tody and a search he­li­copter has crashed, Mr Young has cho­sen in­stead to speak to the na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty on high fi­nance and en­er­gy (in the Mid-Year Re­view) The min­is­ter, whose port­fo­lios in­clude Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty, hasn’t yet ad­dressed the state of crime but pos­tured in Par­lia­ment (on Mon­day) as an ex­pert on the en­er­gy sec­tor and on the econ­o­my.

“The pa­rade of ex­cus­es and melo­dra­ma he brought to the de­bate on the econ­o­my (on Mon­day) was typ­i­cal of his mis­man­age­ment of his sub­stan­tive port­fo­lios, in which he gross­ly un­der­per­forms and re­lies on hys­te­ria and tantrums.”

The is­sue of the es­capees arose in the Sen­ate where UNC Sen­a­tor Wade Mark sought an­swers from Young on what Mark said was the es­cape of eight pris­on­ers.

Young was, how­ev­er, ab­sent and PNM Sen­a­tor Clarence Ramb­harat replied for him.

Ramb­harat at that time (just af­ter 10 am) said the mat­ter was “very sen­si­tive and on­go­ing ef­forts were be­ing made to lo­cate es­capees” and the cir­cum­stances of the es­cape couldn’t be made pub­lic.

Ramb­harat said he couldn’t say when they es­caped ei­ther.

Reporter: Gail Alexander