The way events are unfurling with this Chaguanas West by-election, it’s clear Jack Warner’s not a man comfortable with playing second fiddle even when he is. The revelation he formed his own party even while he was a member of the United National Congress, therefore, isn’t surprising. All the same, some of his moves are startling, even pathetic. For instance, he’s threatening to expose one his opponents, Khadijah Ameen, using some photos of her he says he has.
In the second place, one must ask how he got possession of those photos. Jack, after all, up to the time he resigned, was in charge of the entire national security apparatus of the country. Having been scared out of our wits by the Edward Snowden disclosures of what goes on in the USA and the David Simmons report, is it that far-fetched to conjecture Jack might have connived to fabricate aspersions against the young woman? Considering what happened with emailgate, of course the first question would be: are the photos real?
Moreover, why does Jack Warner believe Ms Ameen’s personal life is important for voters to consider, and not his? Judging from what’s already out there concerning him and his close associates, there’s no way anyone in their right mind would hire him, even if it’s to give away newspapers in the sunshine! If voters are to judge Ms Ameen, it would have to be on her record as an elected official for the past ten years. The by-election is all about choosing the public official who shall represent Chaguanas West during the unexpired portion of Jack Warner’s term, he having resigned it without good reason.
As a woman, a professional and a clean-cut citizen, I support Khadijah Ameen’s candidacy. As a woman, a professional and a clean-cut citizen, I oppose Mr Warner’s attempt to make a mockery of the trust voters originally placed in him. When the votes are counted, we shall know how many residents of Chaguanas West match my qualifications.
Dr Hermia Ophelia Tynsdale