“Once again, we see the gross incompetence and deceit of this Rowley Government, over its moves to subvert the Constitution with regard to the Minister Robinson-Regis’s unilateral instruction to the Parliament not to proceed with laying and debating the President’s notification of a nomination to the office of Commissioner of Police,” said Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP.
In a statement, the Opposition Leader noted that it was only after the Opposition vociferously objected to the statement by Government that the notification for appointment to the office of Commissioner of Police ‘will not be proceeded with’ in the Parliament, that the Government made an about turn today.
“The Government has now backed down on that position following the Opposition’s strong public objections that such a course of action by the Government is fundamentally wrong and in breach of the Constitution,” the Opposition Leader said. “This Government continues to show that it simply cannot be trusted.”
“It is a subversion of the law of Trinidad and Tobago and is another example of the kind of creeping dictatorship we are seeing being demonstrated by the Rowley Government,” Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said. “It is not for the Government to unilaterally decide that they will not proceed with respect to Parliamentary debate on the President’s Notification; the law must be followed.”
“This is not the first attempt by this Government to abuse processes, and arrogate power that it does not have, and the Opposition I lead will continue to monitor the actions of this Rowley Government closely, and ensure that we hold them accountable,” the Opposition Leader said.