Former director of intelligence at the Strategic Services Agency (SSA) Carlton Dennie has backpedalled on accusing Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of directly instructing him to fire all East Indians from the agency back in 2015.
“First, I would like to set the record straight about what I did not say. I did not say that the PNM told me to fire the East Indians. I did not say that the Minister of National Security (Dillon) told me to fire the east Indians.
Carlton Dennie was born in Point Ligoure, Point Fortin. He enlisted in the T&T Regiment in 1981, where he served for 16 years in the Special Forces and Signal Department. He attended the John Donaldson Technical Institute and based on his grades he moved up the ranks of the Regiment.
The Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP), the political party led by Watson Duke, will not comment on Duke being taken for questioning by police on Monday.
Duke, who is also President of the Public Services Association, is the Tobago House of the Assembly (THA) Minority Leader.
"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."