Op­po­si­tion Leader knocks PM’s death threat claims

Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has la­belled Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley’s claims of a plot to as­sas­si­nate At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi as Email­gate two.

Speak­ing at a press brief­ing at the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) South Re­gion­al Of­fice in San Fer­nan­do on Sun­day, Per­sad-Bisses­sar al­so con­demned al­le­ga­tions by the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young that two high-rank­ing UNC of­fi­cials were li­ais­ing with crim­i­nal el­e­ments on who to se­lect as can­di­dates in the De­cem­ber 2, lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

“Call names, call names and give the names to the po­lice and let the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate. And if there is any wrong­do­ing let the po­lice in­ves­ti­gate and let the po­lice take ac­tion,” she chal­lenged Row­ley and Young.

Speak­ing at a Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) post-bud­get meet­ing at Pig­got’s Cor­ner in Bel­mont on Fri­day, Row­ley claimed that be­fore the 2015 gen­er­al elec­tions on two oc­ca­sions, a hit was placed on his life by po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

Row­ley al­so claimed that last month an as­sas­si­na­tion plot against Al-Rawi was un­cov­ered.

Re­spond­ing to those claims, Per­sad-Bisses­sar said the PNM was fab­ri­cat­ing “nan­cy sto­ries,” to gain po­lit­i­cal points.

“From the pro­duc­ers of Email­gate comes a last-ditch des­per­ate at­tempt. Once again with a se­quel, Email­gate 2. This is Row­ley’s Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble.”

She said they were in pan­ic mode be­cause they know they failed the coun­try and will lose the gen­er­al elec­tion.

“He knows he can­not win fair and square so the ac­tors and pro­duc­ers are fast at work be­cause Bal­isi­er house has fall­en.”

Say­ing that nei­ther she nor the UNC will take the blame for Row­ley’s fail­ures, she said: “They are an il­le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment po­lit­i­cal­ly, hold­ing on by their fin­ger­nails hop­ing that the same strat­e­gy to hood­wink the pop­u­la­tion will work again. A house built on lies will sure­ly col­lapse.”

She re­called that be­fore 2015 while she was Prime Min­is­ter and Chair­man of the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil, in­for­ma­tion of the threat against Row­ley was brought to her at­ten­tion and she in­struct­ed a se­nior of­fi­cer to in­form him of the threat.

“But he made a mess of it. He made a joke of it. It was like a scan­dal to him. I sent an ASP to in­form him of what was on the ground.

How­ev­er, now as Prime Min­is­ter, the fact re­mains that this is the first time that Row­ley has men­tioned these al­leged plots to as­sas­si­nate him even though he has been through five ma­jor na­tion­al elec­tions and these al­le­ga­tions were made in 2015. We are in 2019 man. You mean for four years you did not in­ves­ti­gate?”

She de­scribed Row­ley’s al­le­ga­tions as wild and scan­dalous, she said they were made for fear-mon­ger­ing and scor­ing cheap po­lit­i­cal points.

De­clar­ing that the hands of UNC of­fi­cials are clean and their hearts are pure, she said there was “some non­sense” about an elect­ed MP who is a deputy leader.

“There is on­ly one UNC MP who is a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive who is a deputy leader, that is David Lee, David Lee can’t hurt a fly.”

In­stead of speak­ing about job cre­ation and the deal­ing with es­ca­lat­ing mur­ders, they were try­ing to de­monise the UNC.

“So I will not fall for these dis­trac­tions and dis­tor­tions. Who wants to go and watch mis­sion im­pos­si­ble Dr Row­ley style, good luck with that.

“I will be fo­cussed on get­ting T&T work­ing again. She said all the lo­cal gov­ern­ment can­di­dates have been screened and are ready to hit the ground run­ning and win their seats.
 
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Story by SACHA WILSON
Image by KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Image caption: UNC Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar address members of the media during the press conference at the UNC South Regional office at Hilda Lazzari Terrace, San Fernando, yesterday.
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