pposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the UNC only agreed to support the Civil Asset Recovery and Management and Unexplained Wealth Bill, 2019, after it ensured the fundamental rights of citizens were not eroded and that the property of innocent citizens would not be in jeopardy.
The bill was passed unanimously Monday night after the Government and Opposition agreed to several changes to the initial bill proposed by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi during an almost 12-hourlong session.
The United National Congress (UNC) is again calling on citizens to join together to condemn two pieces of legislation being put forward by Government.
Speaking at a press conference at the Opposition Leader's Office in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Opposition Senators Wade Mark and Anita Haynes renewed the party's criticism of the Non-Profit Organisations Bill and the Civil Asset Recovery and Management and Unexplained Wealth Bill.
Government has fired National Maintenance Security Company (MTS) board member Ian Forde just hours after he appeared on a United National Congress (UNC) Monday Night Forum platform.
In a letter dated March 18, Finance Minister Colm Imbert dismissed Forde citing a "reconstitution of the board of directors."
However, in a brief interview Tuesday, Forde said he was surprised by the news of his dismissal.
"There is no doubt in my mind that my dismissal had to do with my appearance on the platform," he said.
Public Relations Officer of the United National Congress, Senator Anita Haynes says the government must move to stop the use of Boeing Max 8s in T&T's airspace.
“Instead of taking time to blast a newspaper reporter for an article on concerns regarding Boeing 737 Max 8, the Finance Minister, who is the line Minister for Caribbean Airlines, should take immediate action to suspend the intended lease of 12 of these aircraft,” Haynes said in a statement.
A United National Congress (UNC) member has resurrected the three-year-old election petition and is now seeking to sue Chief Justice Ivor Archie for his role in the determination which cost him the seat back in 2015.
In a pre-action protocol letter yesterday, UNC senator and attorney Gerald Ramdeen represented Dr Shevanand Gopeesingh, who was the UNC candidate for San Fernando West and went up against Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.
The Opposition UNC immediately received 104 nominations for Local Government and general election areas when the party opened nominations on Monday.
UNC PRO Anita Haynes confirmed this following first-day activities on Monday. The party opened nominations for all Local Government corporation seats and for general election seats which the UNC doesn’t hold and which are currently held by the PNM.
Haynes said 84 people collected forms for Local Government seats and 20 for general election seat.
The United National Congress (UNC) says it is heartened by the enthusiastic response to its call to action as it opened nominations for all Local Government seats and for General Elections seats which it does not currently hold.
"We thank the hundreds of people who came out on the first day to pick up nomination papers. On day one of nominations we have had 84 persons picking up nomination forms for Local Government Elections and 20 persons for General Elections," the UNC said in a statement.
Warning that valuable oil assets could be sold to friends and financiers of the PNM, UNC chairman David Lee has called for the operationalisation of the procurement legislation be passed in Parliament under the PNM.
Speaking at the UNC’s General Assembly held in Couva on Sunday, Lee lambasted the Government for not operationalising the procurement legislation saying out of 90 bills, it was one of the few bills passed in Parliament.