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Supporters who were eager to hear an
election date at the United National Con-
gress 26th Anniversary Celebration in
Couva yesterday left disappointed last
night, after Prime Minister Kamla Persad
Bissessar revealed she had no intention of
calling an early election.
Addressing thousands of flag waving sup-
porters at Rienzi Complex, Persad-Bissessar
said she will not follow her predecessor,
Patrick Manning, by calling elections before
"Today, speculation is all over that I am
going to announce the election date today.
But listen carefully, the last time a man tried
that he lost the election when he called it
"I say my track record speaks for itself.
We have held every single election within
time, according to the laws of T&T," she
shouted while trumpets blasted and horns
She added, "Today, I say I will continue
to comply with the law. I give you the assur-
ance that I will call the elections when the
elections are constitutionally due under the
Sending a message to Opposition leader
Dr Keith Rowley, who has repeatedly
demanded the election date, Persad Bissessar
said nobody will force her to call elections
"No one will jumbie me to call an election
before it is due. They could jump high, they
could jump low, no election date will be
announced before it is due. They could bark
and shout, we will call it when it is due,"
Persad Bissessar also took Rowley to task,
saying he was using Parliamentary privilege
to bring members of Government into dis-
repute. But saying that Government planned
to move a motion of censure against Rowley
in Parliament, Persad-Bissessar said this will
be one of the ways of ensuring that people s
characters are protected.
"I have instructed the leader of the House,
Dr Roodal Moonilal, to file his motion of
censure and we will call on the House for
Rowley to be suspended from the services
of the House," Persad-Bissessar said.
Saying that Rowley should not be allowed
to use Parliament to impugn office holders,
the PM vowed to deal with Rowley within
the confines of the Parliament.
Referring to the E-mailgate scandal, Per-
sad-Bissessar also called on the police to
clear the air and announce publicly whether
the series of e-mails read in Parliament by
Rowley in May 2013 were true.
The e-mails implicated Persad-Bissessar,
former attorney general Anand Ramlogan
and Local Government Minister Suruj
Rambachan in conspiracies against the
Director of Public Prosecutions and a
reporter, as well as allegations of the pay-
ment of monies in exchange for freedom
of former financiers.
However, Persad-Bissessar said there is
proof the e-mails were fabricated and she
called on the police to take action against
Rowley for misleading the country.
"I have legally all the Google records pur-
suant to a court order in the case filed by
the Integrity Commission and all the e-
mails for the month of September which
Rowley sent out were fake.
"Not a single e-mail remotely resembled
anything that he read. Three sources have
said there is no substance, no truth and no
basis for the fake e-mails that Rowley read.
We gave full authority to disclose those
records and tonight I call on the police to
state whether there was any e-mail as Rowley
said," Persad-Bissessar said.
Predicting that Rowley will pay the price
for his mischief, she said as T&T goes into
elections the truth should be made known.
"Should the conclusion of the report indi-
cate that the contents of the e-mail were
fake and criminal proceedings undertaken,
the Opposition leader must immediately
resign from his seat," she said.
During the celebrations, several UNC
founders, including Basdeo Panday, John
Humphrey, Dr Allan Mc Kenzie, Trevor
Sudama, Lloyd Williams and Rampersad
Parasram, were lauded.
Panday failed to show up as he indicated
before, but his proteges said his contribution
to the UNC will always be remembered.
Supporters were also treated to music
from Raymond Ramnarine & Dil-E-Nadan.
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Monday, April 27, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 24TH APRIL, 2015
United National Congress deputy political
leader Dr Roodal Moonilal has sent out a mes-
sage to fenceline voters, warning them that
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley is a dan-
gerous man who cannot be trusted with power.
Moonilal was speaking as the party celebrated
its 26th anniversary at its Rienzi Complex, Couva
Party founder Basdeo Panday was a no show,
but other stalwarts, including founder John Hum-
frey, first chairman Rampersad Parasram, former
Arima candidate Carol Merrick and Lloyd
Williams and Dr Allan Mc Kenzie, attended the
Moonilal, who joined the party as a youth
officer, said although the PNM has always made
promises, it is Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar who has always delivered on her prom-
"This party has been founded on the principle
of equality, national unity and social justice. That
is the reason that the UNC is the only party that
can build coalition governments and occupy
Saying the People s National Movement (PNM)
had destroyed the health, education and agri-
cultural sectors, Moonilal said the PP would need
another five years to continue its work. He said
for those who were uncertain about who to sup-
port, it is clear that Rowley did not have the best
interest of the country at heart.
"I warned T&T that Keith Rowley is a clear
danger to this country," he said.
Moonilal said Friday was a horrific day as
Rowley filed a motion of no confidence in Finance
Minister Larry Howai and quoted from a doc-
ument of a legal opinion by a prominent queen s
counsel from Barbados, Sr Henry Forde, QC. He
said Howai rose afterward and told Rowley that
he and the party had gone out of his way and
contacted the lawyer in Barbados to verify the
information. But Moonilal said Forde told them
he did not know Howai and had never written
Slamming Rowley for not checking his facts,
Moonilal said Rowley was irresponsible and reck-
less. He also slammed Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) leader Jack Warner, saying he was portraying
himself as a corruption buster while facing inter-
national scrutiny for corruption.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar greets supporters during
yesterday's 26th Anniversary
Celebration of the party at
Rienzi Complex, Couva.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
PM taking her time on election date
Last man to do that lost
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