The United National Congress wishes to express its grave concern over what can only be described as a devious move by the Government to sneak in a provision to either sabotage the legislation or to create a space for political mischief.
In the best interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and the safety and security of our citizens, members of the Opposition UNC in the Senate ensured the passage of the Anti-Gang legislation.
This was done after a significant amount of work by the Leader of the Opposition Mrs. Kamla Persad- Bissessar and members of the UNC team.
Late into Committee stage of the Bill in the Upper House on Tuesday night, however, in true PNM form, the Government snuck in a number of additional offences in Schedule one, including Misbehaviour in Public Office and Offences under the Prevention of Corruption, which hold the potential to allow for political mischief on the part of the Government.
We are left to wonder whether, in the face of the total collapse of the Rowley Administration, they are once again seeking to distract the population from their incompetence and complete inability to govern.
While we in the UNC, unlike current members of the embattled PNM, have nothing to fear, we are aware that not everyone acts in the best interest of the people.
The Rowley administration is desperate. They have subjected the people of this country of more than two and a half years of non-performance and zero delivery, their only hope is to rely on their failing propaganda machine.