Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar says Prime Minister Keith Rowley continues to show that he is incapable of dealing with the country’s crime menace.
“While Rowley tries to deflect and shift the blame to others, our citizens no longer feel safe in their own homes,” Mrs Persad-Bissessar noted.
“The government continues to fail our citizens and chooses to use public relations and misdirection to mask their incompetence,” the Opposition Leader said. “The Prime Minister must stop trying to shift blame, and take tough action to protect the people of Trinidad and Tobago and ensure their safety and security.”
Mrs Persad-Bissessar pointed out, “Under my government, we had a plan that was working, and the country saw a reduction in serious crime. But this PNM government stopped many of the anti-crime measures implemented by my administration, and has failed to put forward any proposals or initiatives to deal with the problem. The latest announcements made during the joint media conference show that the government is bereft of ideas to tackle crime head-on.”
“Rowley’s dismissive attitude towards the upsurge in criminal activity is unacceptable, and I wish to remind him again that he bears ultimate responsibility for national security, as Prime Minister and Head of the National Security Council,” the Opposition Leader said.
“What is needed now is a leader with the courage to make the tough decisions needed to address the issues facing the country, and Rowley has shown that he is incapable of leading this country,” Mrs Persad-Bissessar said.
The Opposition Leader recalled that multiple attempts have been made to engage the government on this important issue, and said her party continues to be willing to work with all stakeholders, including the government, in the national interest.