Trinidad and Tobago Elections Comment
The Caribbean Is One Nation.
Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Group
|Dr Keith Rowley|
The Mahogany Coconut Group joins the region in congratulating Dr. Keith Rowley and the Peoples National Movement (PNM) on their victory in Monday’s (September7th, 2015) Trinidad and Tobago General Elections. We are extremely relieved to see Ms. Kamla Persad- Bissessar removed from the office of Prime Minister and equally relieved with the removal of Mr. Jack Warner from public office. We remain by our position that Persad- Bissessar and Warner were nothing more than embarrassments to the good people of Trinidad and Tobago. We also stand by our declaration that the outgoing administration was the most corrupt to emerge since the post independence era in the region.
Within sixteen months of its election under the coalition of the Peoples Partnership, we were gathering information about blatant corruption and the favoring of one race over the other in granting various government contracts and other privileges. Our well placed sources in Trinidad and Tobago alerted us to several instances of bold faced corruption. We then carried a series of articles very critical of the last regime and we concluded that not only were Persad-Bissessar and Warner embarrassments and had disgraced their offices but that the same had extended and encompassed the United National Congress (UNC), which was the major player coalition government.
However, we are not oblivious to the fact that the Peoples National Movement has engaged in nefarious activity and it certainly cannot even pretend to claim, that when it controlled the reins of power that it was free of corruption and graft. However, we support the voices of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and hereby serve notice on Rowley that should he and his administration go back down the old road of political skullduggery, we would not hesitate in calling for his and the PNM’s political heads!
For Mr. Rowley, this has been a monumental political victory. Indeed, it can be reasonably argued, that he has come back from the brink of political extinction. We therefore hope that he can transform such a personal triumph to the benefit of all Trinidad and Tobago. We sense that our wonderful brothers and sisters in T&T are willing to put country first.
A strong and vibrant Trinidad and Tobago is vital to our region’s success. Mr. Rowley and the Peoples National Movement cannot afford to disappoint. We wish them well.