The United National Congress notes the official statement of the Minister of Communications on a reported planned protest tomorrow morning. Minister Stuart Young stated rather recklessly that “the Government has observed concerted calls on social media by members of the Opposition” with reference to the protest, without providing any evidence to support his wild claim.
In a statement today the UNC PRO Senator Anita Haynes said, “Perhaps it is time the Minister Young comes off Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and get on with the serious business of running this country.”
“The United National Congress has official channels and we use those to get our message out to the public, so the Minister does not need to troll social media to find out about party events. There has been no release or statement from any of our official Party channels so the Minister is seeking to create mischief and malign the UNC.”
Haynes went on to voice serious concern with the way the Ministry of Communications was being employed under this Minister.
“There is a difference between the use of the Ministry of Communications and Balisier House and Minister ought to familiarize himself with the proper protocol. The use of official Ministry channels, which are meant to service all people of Trinidad and Tobago to launch a reckless and unfounded attack on members of the Opposition is improper and should be condemned by all.”
“It must be noted that this is not the first instance where Minister Young has used the Ministry of Communications to communicate PNM messages,” she said.
“If the Minister is finding it difficult to manage his role as Minister of Communication and separate that from his PNM allegiance then we have some questions and serious concerns regarding how he is functioning in the Ministry of National Security and how he is using those resources.”
Young has yet to find a way to be a Minister for all people and has time and time again resorted to pursuing a vendetta against the UNC and its membership using state resources, and all citizens should be concerned about this manner of governance.
The incompetence of this Keith Rowley Administration has this country in a state of crisis so no one should be surprised that citizens are fed up. If the Government was not so painfully out of touch they would realize they have no one but themselves to blame for persons wanting to demonstrate against their mismanagement. The Minister will do well to remember that in a free and democratic society citizens have right to stand up for their rights and for good governance. Attempts to muzzle and silence an already strained and frustrated public can only lead us down a path of tyranny. The Keith Rowley administration in an act of pure desperation seems willing to take us down a path of a dictatorship.