A conviction for human trafficking is a welcome development, especially since the Rowley Government has been repeatedly scolded by international agencies for the high frequency of this ghastly crime.
We commend all all organisations and individuals who were involved in the law enforcement and judicial processes.
Equally, we note with alarm the absurdity of Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds, no less, summoning the media to announce that the convicted criminal cannot be located.
We are even more aghast that Mr. Hinds hosted a media conference without addressing the urgent and critical matter of the massive cyberattack on the country’s largest telecommunications provider.
The extensive hacking of TSTT’s files places sensitive data into the hands of criminals, with the real potential of endangering the lives, families, businesses and properties of hundreds of thousands people.
The unprecedented breach of highly sensitive material could lead to more murders, home invasions, attacks on entrepreneurs and other woeful crimes in a country already overrun with lawlessness.
Minister Hinds ignored that deeply disturbing issue after his colleague Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzalves had earlier denied that it had even taken place.
This is further evidence of the callousness of the Rowley Administration in the midst of ceaseless bloodletting and with the nation under siege from armed and heartless killers.
Mr. Hinds’ cold indifference to the disastrous impact of the cyberattack symbolises the ineffectiveness of the PNM Government, one in which the Prime Minister has casually admitted that he is fed up of crime and conceded that he has no measures to counter the scourge.
Mr. Hinds created widespread public suspense for a hasty media conference when officers of the Police Service could have ideally provided the relevant information.
The media conference was another smokescreen by an inept administration, designed to score cheap headlines in a land riddled with social and economic crises.
The UNC again urges the Rowley Government to abandon its shenanigans and showmanship and deal frontally with the epidemic of crime and other burning issues.