Princes Town MP, Barry Padarath is taking Minister Robert Le Hunte to task for what he describes as rewarding the promotion of political filth with taxpayers’ money. The comment stemmed from Le Hunte’s justification for hiring PNM activist Darrel Dookoo as part of a social media campaign for the Ministry of Public Utilities.
Padarath slammed Le Hunte’s justification for hiring Dookoo, saying that while Dookoo has a right to his own political persuasion, he uses the medium of social media as well as other platforms to openly incite racism, prejudice, violence and bigotry in a vile and profane manner.
The Princes Town MP called on Minister Le Hunte, who is also the Vice Chairman of the PNM to say whether his Party supports the views expressed by Dookoo in several videos, expressing hate speech, bigotry, racism, slander and defamation against political opponents. He also called on Le Hunte to say whether the Ministry of Public Utilities see nothing wrong with promoting an individual to the national community, who has neither the moral or ethical principles and values to be a spokesperson for the Ministry.
The MP noted that Dookoo’s services have been utilized by another Ministry and this blatant abuse of taxpayers’ dollars to reward party hats is a flagrant disregard of good governance.
Padarath said the abusive, vile, violent and nasty comments of Dookoo have been properly archived and will be sent to Minister Le Hunte, who claims ignorance of Dookoo’s conduct.
He further called on the Ministry to withdraw the advertisement and apologize to the national community for imposing someone who is a symbol of profanity, hate and prejudice on the nation. Failure to do anything otherwise would confirm that the PNM and Minister Le Hunte endorses every comment and position espoused by Dookoo.
Padarath added that while respectable, qualified and decent citizens were being fired from state companies under the guise of lack of funding, the Minister and Vice Chairman of the PNM unashamedly defends the indefensible by openly politicking with taxpayers’ money by hiring Dookoo.