“It is most unfortunate that instead of accounting to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, on Friday 27th October, Keith Rowley chose to engage in immature name calling, and attempts at deflecting.” This, according to Senator Saddam Hosein, who is maintaining his call on the Prime Minister to come clean on the Sandals deal.
Speaking at a public PNM meeting held in San Fernando, Prime Minister Rowley pointed out that a Memorandum of Understanding between Sandals and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has been signed. This was in response to questions raised by Senator Hosein in his maiden Senate contribution.
“In light of this development, I renew my call to the Government for the terms of the MOU to be made public,” Senator Hosein said. “The citizens, the taxpayers of this country are entitled to know the arrangements regarding the construction of the Sandals resort.”
Noting that the Rowley-led Government remains mum on whether or not any tax concessions would be afforded to Sandals, Senator Hosein stressed, “Transparency demands that there be full disclosure in the interest of the national public that the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago be made aware of the deal that has been cut between Sandals and the Government.”
Senator Hosein also condemned PM Rowley’s descent into name calling, stating that it was tactless and the Prime Minister continues to show he does not have what it takes to exist in a new more respectable political landscape. “I call on the Prime Minister to make a greater effort to observe the highest standards of respect to the office which he holds,” the Opposition Senator said.
Senator Hosein said, “I will not be deterred in my duty, and I pledge to continue to raise these issues of national importance and be vigilant, closely monitoring the expenditure of the taxpayers’ money and holding the Government to account.”