On the first day of the reopening of Parliament at the Red House, members of the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) gathered outside the Red House to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister.
In the letter, the political party requested an enquiry into the activities of UDECOTT and an audit of the terms of the contracts awarded to the Corporation for the renovation of the President’s House, the President’s Cottage, the Red House and White Hall.
Dressed in orange the members started by singing the National Anthem. They also conducted their walk gagged and silent.
One political analyst says none of the political parties can bring the kind of relief from the current crime crisis, which the population needs so desperately.
Dr Winford James made the observation as he commented on recent statements on crime, from the Prime Minister and the National Security Minister.
He notes that while the UNC was in office under the People's Partnership, they were unable to get a handle on crime.
Works are going apace on the Fyzabad to Mon Desir segment of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway Extension Project, but head of the Highway Reroute Movement (HRM)—Dr Wayne Kublalsingh—is calling on the Prime Minister to stop the project now.
During a press conference on Friday, Kublalsingh said acquisition of all properties has not been completed and all residents have not been compensated.
"The Government is breaking the law in Debe to Mon Desir. It is acting with malfeasance," Kublalsingh said.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is encouraging Trinbagonians to embrace genuine human connection, cherish families, and care about children and the elderly in this country, as the nation heads in 2020 and beyond.
In his New Year’s Address to the Nation, the PM calls on T&T to bring an end to the alienation that is at the heart of some of the social ills currently plaguing the nation, noting that citizens need to put aside their fear of differences and reduce their prejudices.
The full text of the PM’s Address follows…
Former government minister and political commentator, Ralph Maraj, says the latest Cabinet re-shuffle was done intentionally, to ensure the ruling PNM gets back in office.
Speaking with CNC3 NEWS today, Mr Maraj said it is not strange the change has come at this time, given that this is an election year, and it is politically motivated.
He points out that the Prime Minister's assumption of the Planning and Development portfolio could be seen as demotion for Camille Robinson-Regis, who has been moved to the Social Development Ministry… But it is not.
The Prime Minister will assume the portfolio of Minister of Planning and Development from Wednesday 1 January, 2020.
In what is another Cabinet re-shuffle, Dr Keith Rowley has advised the President that several existing ministerial appointments are to be revoked, and new appointments to be made, in accordance with the provisions of Sections 3(9), 76(3) and 79(1) and 82(1) of the Constitution
According to an official statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes is asked to:
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has extended his condolences on the passing of Wayne Chance, Founder and Executive President of Vision on Mission (VOM).
In an official statement, the prime minister describes Mr Chance as “a leading light of useful activism”.
Dr Rowley lauded Mr Chance’s creation of VOM, which he says [quote] “helped many people and in doing so saved the nation from totally discarding many of those who ran afoul of the law and paid their dues after having been sentenced…”
Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, says the prime minister did not make his statements this week about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, lightly.
On a political platform this week, the PM indicated that a certain advertising agency was involved in the data mining scheme.
Since Dr Rowley’s claims that company has threatened to sue.
Minister Sinanan says the prime minister knows what he is doing.
The prime minister has identified suspicious transactions allegedly in relation to payments by the former Peoples Partnership Government to Cambridge Analytica for data mining services.
Dr Rowley's comment comes after the UNC said there was nothing pinning the party to claims that members were responsible for breaching citizens’ privacy.
The PM told a meeting in Montrose, Chaguanas, last night, that Ross Advertising Agency appears to have been involved in the suspicious transactions.
The PNM’s principles are sound, PNM’s hands are clean and its doors are open.
That was Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s pitch to voters at yesterday’s PNM 49th convention and launch of the PNM’s Local Government election campaign, based on the theme “Getting the Job Done.”