"This is a categorical lie."
That's how Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley responded Tuesday to a claim by Carlton Dennie, a man cited as a former director of the Strategic Service Agency (SSA), that he was asked by the government to fire all East Indians in the SSA.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Prime Minister's recent 'attack' on public servants could be an indication that he plans to fire them.
Speaking at the UNC's Monday night forum, Persad-Bissessar said the government is finding it difficult to find money to pay public servants because Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley had shut down Petrotrin without creating new avenues for revenue generation.
People who speak out against the government are facing persecution from police, Oropouche MP Dr Roodal Moonilal said Monday night in response to reports that police had arrested minority leader of the Tobago House of Assembly Watson Duke.
Speaking at the UNC Monday night forum, Moonilal said, " At this moment they are questioning Watson Duke. Today or tomorrow he could face charges."
The opposition leader has sounded an alarm about possible job cuts in the public service.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar believes the prime minister's recent acerbic commentary on public servants may be a hint that many of them may soon be put on the breadline.
Last week, Dr Rowley took public servants to task, suggesting they were not delivering a fair day's work but expected to be paid on time.
At a political meeting last evening, the UNC leader urged the public to read between the lines as the utterances could be an indication of the government's plans to fire workers.
Princes Town MP Barry Padarath, who has spent years championing a movement for the protection of children, now has a baby girl of his own.
However, just like any other father Padarath says he has absolutely no intention of putting his daughter in the spotlight even though there is already some controversy surrounding her birth.
After receiving heavy criticism for his comments that some public servants have been collecting a salary even though they “produce nothing when the day comes,” Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has now issued a statement denying that he ever accused the Public Service workers of being lazy.
In a statement issued on his Facebook page, Rowley said, “I never used the word lazy nor did I accuse all public servants nor did I accuse the Public Service of being lazy.”
Prime minister Dr Keith Rowley left the country this morning to go to Barbados where he will participate in the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
According to a statement from the office of the prime minister, the agreement, which will be signed tomorrow, is related to cooperation in energy development for hydrocarbons that extend across the maritime boundary of both territories.
The jobs of 120 casual and temporary workers at the Siparia Regional Corporation jobs were saved on Monday after money was sourced from another account to pay them in a last-ditch effort.
But PNM councillors claimed it was a ploy by the UNC to milk political mileage from a situation which could have been avoided.