Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Kamla Persad-Bissessar says Govt has no answer to violence against women

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is accusing the Government of having no plan to eliminate violence against women. 

Today marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women. 

Persad-Bissessar said the PNM has no plan to tackle this issue.

She said in an attempt to score political points the PNM removed several ministries including the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development. Mrs Persad-Bissessar said only when pressured by the

Opposition did the Government say it will reconsider this move. 

PCA finds evidence of misconduct by police handling case of weed at former PM's house

The Police Complaints Authority has found evidence of serious police misconduct with regard to the Police Service’s handling of the alleged discovery of marijuana, at the private residence of the former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

In a statement issued today, the PCA says it has completed a comprehensive investigation into the matter and has forwarded its investigative file together with a recommendation to the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute specified persons for the offence of misbehavior in public office on account of willful neglect of duty. 

Opposition Leader challenges PM on treatment of TT national in France

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is challenging the Prime Minister over what she sees as the poor treatment of a T&T national in France.

The former Prime Minister issued a statement questioning why Dr Kris Rampersad was prevented from participating in an international conference and why she was not checked upon, following the terrorist attacks.

The following is the Opposition Leader's full statement:

Opposition Leader questions lack of further Parliamentary sittings; alleges PM ducking questions

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is questioning the lack of further Parliamentary sittings for this month, saying it appears as though the Prime Minister is attempting to avoid answering questions.

The Opposition Leader says she has a number of questions for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to answer. 

The following is the Opposition Leader's full statement.

Vasant Bharath resigns as Opposition Senator

UNC Senator Vasant Bharath has resigned as a UNC Senator with immediate effect, citing his decision to run for the post of political leader of the UNC in the December 5th internal elections.

Bharath's announcement comes via a letter he has written to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in which he told Persad-Bissessar that it would be inappropriate for him to continue in that position at this time.

The following is the letter:

"Dear Mrs Persad-Bissessar,

Opposition Leader questions PM's silence on crime

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is questioning the 'silence' of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, over "an emerging crime crisis and the brutal murder of Superintendent of Prisons, Mr. David Millette."

In a statement issued today, Persad-Bissessar said Dr Rowley has a direct duty and responsibility for issues of national security, as Chairman of the National Security Council. 

“He must speak, he must act and he must assure the nation that initiatives are being taken to bring this crisis to an end,” Persad-Bissessar said in the statement.