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People s National Movement (PNM)
leader Dr Keith Rowley says the party will
not condone any type of corruption if it
forms the next government.
Speaking yesterday at a one-day seminar
for general election candidates and campaign
managers at the Ortinola Great House, St
Joseph, Rowley said whereas the party would
stand behind a member who made a genuine
error, it would not condone any malicious
corruption within the party.
He also said he was pleased with the team
he had assembled for the upcoming election.
Rowley said the majority party of the ruling
People s Partnership, the United National
Congress (UNC), had "mishandled" so much
of the public purse that they now believed
they could "buy" the next election.
"Our response to that is that the public
is sufficiently well informed to reject that
approach of thieving and buying election,"
He said the UNC also sought to denigrate
people who offered themselves for public
office under the PNM banner.
"They believe that since they cannot meas-
ure up, they will pull down. Me personally,
I pay no attention to that, I expect to be a
target, I expect to be attacked, the PNM
expects to be attacked," Rowley said.
"Everything they are expected to be
accountable for, they preface it by blaming
the PNM," he said.
He cited one instance in Parliament on
Friday when the Government, having admit-
ted that a chief financial officer at state-
owned Petrotrin earned a hefty salary, then
compared it with how much a former
Petrotrin president was paid under the PNM
"It is just the nature of the arrangement
and we are not going to be bothered by that;
we are just going to remain focused on estab-
lishing to the population why we should be
elected," Rowley said.
CoP selection process
Rowley said when the PNM takes office
after the election, one of its first acts would
be to change the process for selecting the
Commissioner of Police. He told the gathering
that such a move would need the support of
the new opposition party.
"There is no guarantee the opposition would
support it and if it cannot be done we would
work with what exists now," Rowley said.
He said the main reason for bringing in a
PNM government with the next election was
the contribution it would make to a better
way of life for the country.
"When a government comes into office
you come in to deal with what you meet
there, to make it better against the background
that the assignment is to improve the quality
of life for all the citizens," he said.
Rowley said even though the candidates
operated under the PNM banner for election,
the party would not govern as a PNM party.
"We govern as a government of Trinidad
and Tobago. None of this nonsense about we
time now or affirmative action, undeclared.
"The minute we win the election, we
accept responsibility for all the issues and
all the people of T&T," he said.
PP won't be able to buy election---Rowley
Public now too well informed
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley speaks to PNM candidates and campaign managers for the
upcoming 2015 general election during yesterday's seminar at Ortinola Great House, Maracas,
St Joseph. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
One day before the
major players meet to
resolve the current
impasse between Oil-
fields Workers Trade
Union (OWTU) presi-
dent general Ancel Roget
Petrotrin, Roget said yes-
terday that the union
was not asking for
favours from either
Petrotrin or Labour Min-
ister Errol McLeod.
McLeod called for the
meeting to end the dead-
lock over the company s
refusal to extend Roget s
secondment to the union
and Roget s defiance of
the company s demand
that he return to work.
In a telephone inter-
view yesterday, Roget said
McLeod would not be
allowed to use any reso-
lution from Monday s
meeting to "look like a
The Sunday Guardian
contacted McLeod, ques-
tioning whether he had
ever faced this type of
ultimatum from Petrotrin
during his more than 21-
year stint at the top of
"I would rather answer
any question on this
matter after my meeting
with both parties on
Monday," McLeod said.
When pressed to say
whether he could recall
any such move directed
at him, McLeod reiterated
that he would respond
after Monday s meeting.
But Roget, who worked
as OWTU s first vice
president under McLeod,
said he could not recall a
similar situation under
McLeod s tenure.
"There would have
been letters expressing
concern about the exten-
sions, but it was always
granted because of the
work that the person was
doing on the executive. I
am sure he has never had
to deal with this type of
ultimatum," Roget said.
Roget said he firmly
believed that Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar was behind the
"sinister" move by the
company to refuse an
extension of his second-
ment to the union and he
also believed that McLeod
was aware of the move.
"Why would the whole
Cabinet not be apprised
of what the plan is?" he
The request for an
extension of the second-
ment of three union exec-
utives was sent by the
union back in October. On
Thursday, Roget tore up
the letter from Petrotrin
recalling him to work and
refusing his request for an
Roget, in turn, sent a
letter to Petrotrin calling
for an apology, an imme-
diate withdrawal of the
letter demanding his
return to work, and the
approval of his extended
Roget on Petrotrin impasse
I want no favours
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