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