UNC not worried about litigation threats over San Fernando Highway project

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Monday, October 14, 2019 - 07:00

The United National Congress says it is not surprised by threats of litigation coming from the People's National Movement, over the San Fernando Highway Extension Project.

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During his contribution to the budget debate on Friday, Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Fitzgerald Hinds, spoke about the Project, stating that “there was a tremendous amount of litigation taking place arising out of land acquisition in those matters”.

Minister Hinds had told Parliament that hundreds of properties were acquired that were not needed for the Project.

Three months ago, the National Security Minister said a Commission Of Enquiry was to be launched into the Project as well.

According to the UNC’s PRO, Senator Anita Haynes, the UNC is not scared of the lawsuit threats.  She says the PNM is running according to the old “old school elections and politics playbook”. Senator Haynes points out that the ruling PNM has been making these threats for a while now, tossing out accusations without any concrete proof, and manipulating information to create a particular negative impression.

Senator Haynes says the UNC won't be using any “old school elections and politics playbook”.  She says instead, their focus will be on sharing its vision for policy and governance to take the country forward.

She points to the Opposition Leader’s response to the 2020 Budget on Friday, which gave details on the UNC’s vision for taking the country forward, in terms of governance, national security, macroeconomic policies, among other areas of national development.

Senator Haynes also confirmed today that the party has completed its screening of candidates to contest the upcoming local government poll. 

She says the UNC will continue its policy of selecting young people to contest the poll, and will present candidates after Nomination Day in November.

She says the UNC takes local government very seriously, and sees it as the backbone of the party.

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