I have noted that earlier this week there were reports in the news that the Governor of the Central Bank, Jwala Rambarran, have issued a pre-action protocol letter to Opposition Senator Dr. Lester Henry. The letter from Rambarran’s attorneys claimed Henry made an alleged abuse of parliamentary privilege arising out of a radio programme, Afternoon Drive, which was aired on June 9.
For some time now I have been following Dr. Henry’s attack on the Governor. I use the word attack because it seems that he has been strategically tasked with the job to discredit and destroy the Governor’s credibility. While we understand and appreciate the cut and thrust that is Westminster politics, his full frontal attack has become too obvious. The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago is an independent organisation and should not be brought into this political fight. The Governor was recognised as one of the University of West Indies 50 Distinguished Alumni in 2012. The list also included past Governor Ewart Williams and current Chief Justice Ivor Archie. I wonder if the current Governor is so bad in Dr. Henry’s eyes, are all the others on this illustrious list in the same boat? Why wasn’t Dr. Henry so vocal in 2009, when the last administration presided over the CLICO debacle? This has caused the country over US $3 billion and counting. Please Dr. Henry, use you talents to offer solutions to help build the country rather than to engage in a petty tit-for-tat.