|Mayor Louis Lee Sing must go |
By AZARD ALI Monday, September 3 2012
PORT-OF-SPAIN Mayor Louis Lee Sing has come in for stinging criticism from his local government counterpart Dave Persad, who has called for the mayor’s resignation over his refusal to officially allow the corporation to participate in Independence Day celebrations.
Persad, the chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC), said that Lee Sing acted to the detriment of the burgesses of Port-of-Spain by what Persad described as, “an infantile quality of putting party before country”. Lee Sing is a senior member of the Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM).
The People’s Partnership Government staged celebrations in Port-of-Spain including the re- enactment of the raising of the National flag to which Lee Sing was invited in his capacity to deliver the opening address. Lee Sing did not attend nor was any representative from the PNM- controlled Port-of-Spain City corporation present.
Persad said that any row the Port-of-Spain mayor may have had with National Security Minister Jack Warner, ought not to have superceded Lee Sing’s mayoral duties and responsibilities.
“The mayor, along with the PNM, must understand that the people of Trinidad and Tobago in May 2011, most democratically gave the PP Government an overwhelming mandate to govern this country.
“And for those who boast of our democratic heritage and yet violate same, should hang their heads in shame. The unceremonial rejection of the Government’s invitation to deliver the welcoming address at the multicultural extravaganza and re-enactment of the 1962 flag-raising ceremony in Port-of-Spain, is an affront to the democratically elected government of Trinidad and Tobago and reflective of narcissistic politics,” Persad said.
He said that after 50 years as an independent nation, there can be no better time than now for politicians to demonstrate mature leadership. He asked whether the burgesses of Port-of-Spain were satisfied with Lee Sing’s decision to officially exclude them from the occasion, in which the PNM would have been hailed as the government in 1962 that led Trinidad and Tobago into independence.
The CTTRC chairman called on PNM’s political leader Dr Keith Rowley, to demand the resignation of Lee Sing “so as to prevent any future embarrassment to the burgesses of our capital city of Port-of-Spain”. Efforts by Newsday to reach Mayor Lee Sing yesterday for a comment proved futile.