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at the PM's Piarco Airport
The Government will receive the
motion of no confidence against
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi
with "great glee," said a combative
Prime Minister Keith Rowley on
his return to T&T on Saturday
night from a two-week trip abroad.
He said he wasn t surprised by the
opposition threat to file such a
Rowley also said as far as he
knows his Government had done
nothing wrong in its handling of
the situation with temporary Inde-
pendent Senator Justin Junkere.
On Friday Opposition Leader
Kamla Persad-Bissessar said a pri-
vate motion for the House of Rep-
resentatives to express a loss of con-
fidence in Al-Rawi was filed in the
If approved it could be debated
in about 12 days.
Persad-Bissessar said the motion
was filed in the wake of the passage
of the Strategic Services Agency
(Amendment) Bill in Parliament.
"I think the Attorney General can
defend himself very well, but I will
tell you one thing, we will receive
that motion with great glee because
it is of no surprise to us that the
UNC (United National Congress)
has no confidence in the Attorney
General. You know the kind of
attorney general that they have con-
fidence in and our Attorney General
does not fit that measure so we are
not surprised at all," he said.
Rowley was also asked about the
concern raised by Opposition Sen-
ator Gerald Ramdeen about Junkere
following news of Junkere having
a state brief from the AG s office.
Junkere was one of two Independent
Senators who voted with the Gov-
ernment to pass the SSA bill. Row-
ley went on the attack against
"I just find it a little offensive to
be receiving queries from Gerald
Ramdeen. Gerald Ramdeen is a per-
son of great interest to the Gov-
ernment of Trinidad and Tobago
and I have some questions for him
too, and one of them is whether in
fact the people of Trinidad and
Tobago should support what they
represent and to the best of my
knowledge this Government has
done nothing inappropriate with
There are some appointments
that we make and some that other
people make and I don t know that
we are having to answer any ques-
tions from Mr Ramdeen, who as
far as I know the last time I heard
his name he was under criminal
investigation, a series of them,"
Junkere s state brief was received
under former People s Partnership
attorney general Garvin Nicholas.
Al-Rawi said Ramdeen and
Opposition Senator Wayne Sturge
have amassed a bill of state briefs
from the AG s office, amounting to
more than $26 million and $10 mil-
Rowley spoiling for fight
on no-confidence motion
Prime Minister Dr
the media during
conference at the
VIP Lounge Piarco
Also present was
Minister in the
Ministry of the
and Legal Affairs
and Minister in
the Office of the
PM Rowley is "very scared of fast
driving" because "speed kills" and as
a result of this his security detail will
adhere to the country s speed limits.
He was responding to a question of
whether his entourage would obey
the speed limits.
"My entourage? They had better
because I m very scared of fast driving,"
Rowley said. "The drivers will tell you
if they get beyond my comfort zone
they will know about it," he said.
Within recent weeks speed guns have
been introduced in this country and
enforcement of the speed limits on the
nation s roadways, including the 80
kilometres per hour maximum limit
for the highways, have been met with
some criticism from motorists who
have called for a review of the laws.
During last week s post-Cabinet
news conference Works and Transport
Minister Fitzgerald Hinds said an
increase in the speed limit for highways
to 100 kmph was being reviewed.
Rowley was asked about the situation
on Saturday night. He said while he
would leave the determination of the
country s speed limits to the "experts,"
in his view "different roads should carry
different speed limits."
"When I got my licence, whenever
that was, that s how it was. There were
30-mile zones and 50-mile zones and
so on. We have different qualities of
roads in the country and they certainly
require, from a safety standpoint, that
they carry different speed limits. The
speed limit on the Solomon Hochoy
Highway certainly ought not to be the
same one on the Eastern Main Road,"
Asked if there were any
plans for a reshuffle of his
Cabinet, Rowley said:
"You can never be
satisfied with everything.
There is always room for
improvement across the
"I don't want this country
to lose sight of the fact
where we came from... we
have come from a place of
"We have a Cabinet made
up of a lot of new people,
young people and some
experienced people. The
majority of people are new
and they are finding their
feet and we are a whole lot
better off than when we
"The government of
Trinidad and Tobago in
September 2015 was a
disaster zone and we have
systematically set about in
a very sane and sober way
to give governance in
Trinidad and Tobago that
gives us the best chance to
succeed and that will
continue and when the time
comes for adjustments to
be made to the Cabinet, we
will make the adjustments."
The level of violence
in this country is "just
too high and unaccept-
able," Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley has said.
Rowley said this coun-
try is labelling itself as a
"violent society" in which
a person can lose their life
"for the slightest thing."
And this is not some-
thing that the Govern-
ment can "flick a switch"
and turn off, Rowley said.
"At the end of the day
the level of violence in
Trinidad is just too high
and unacceptable. And
what is the Government s
role in this?
"In many instances the
Government s role does
not begin until after the
crime has been commit-
ted so we have to ensure
that we do nothing to
encourage the growth in
this kind of behaviour,"
"To take your point that
in so far as economic
stress may contribute to
personal behaviour that
we work towards lowering
that stress by improving
the economic circum-
stances. But even as eco-
nomic growth attended
us we did have unaccept-
ably high levels of crime
so one does not exclude
"It is just a question
that it is a problem of vio-
lent conduct. Our society
is labelling itself as a vio-
lent society and one could
lose one s life for the
slightest thing and that is
not a matter that the
Government can come
and say, Okay I m going
to flick a switch and turn
it off ," he said.
Rowley said the Gov-
ernment will intervene
where it can to make the
society more law-abiding.
"Where we can do
things we will do. For
example I understand that
the speed guns...I under-
stand it s having an effect
but there are things that
of the day the national
security agencies and the
Government at large have
a responsibility to bring
about a feeling of safety
in the national commu-
nity and to secure the
national community and
those things we will keep
on doing on a sustained
basis," he said.
For the year so far, there
has been 178 reported
murders. There was a total
of 410 murders for 2015.
...attacks suitability of Ramdeen to ask questions
COY ON RESHUFFLE
'My drivers won't be doing more than 80'
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