Rowley: Government falling apart
By SEAN DOUGLAS Friday, September 6 2013
OPPOSITION Leader Dr Keith Rowley yesterday said the Cabinet reshuffle shows the Government has collapsed, and must be replaced at the next general election.
In a statement, he described Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as being “out of her depth.” Rowley said she was now a “lame duck”, operating now on incredulous utterances, and insulting assertions.
“When the Prime Minister in her fourth year of chaotic Government could preface her speech today by pointing to the three major achievements of her Government as, the bailing out of Clico, the issuing of food cards and the distribution of HDC (Housing Development Corporation) houses, then it confirms to even its greatest apologists that this Government is grasping at straws, since all of these were in place before they came into being.”
He said these three items had been done by the former PNM regime.
“The chaotic approach to managing our country’s affairs simply demonstrates the Prime Minister’s woeful inability to make sound choices in the interest of our country,” he said. “Three major Cabinet reshuffles in just over thirty six months are evidence of a leader who is floundering.”
He said the Public Service and State sector must constantly pay the price for an unproductive and dysfunctional Cabinet merry-go-round machine which fosters inefficiency and corruption to the delight of the administration’s minions and hangers-on.
“We have a Prime Minister who takes pleasure in having 41 Ministers — the largest number in our nation’s history — yet Government performance is the worst on record,” said Rowley. “New ministries are invented, others are chopped up willy-nilly and still no one can justify these changes which cost the taxpayer unnecessary tens of millions.”
He said there has been no improvement in governance even after the previous two Cabinet reshuffles.
“It is clear that we are in the throes of the most severe political and governance crisis that our country has ever seen. The country, has lost all confidence in this Government and this Prime Minister.”
Rowley accused the Government of a lack of vision; lack of discipline, and the lack of judgment. He alleged that the reshuffle was meant to help the fortunes of the collapsing partnership.
“It is more about deceit, public relations and quelling growing power-plays and ministerial self-interest and preservation in a Coalition Government that has failed miserably, and is unravelling further every day, much to the detriment of the citizens.”
In a statement, the TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce hoped new National Security Minister Gary Griffith would bring some tangible benefits for crime reduction, given his background in security. The Chamber was concerned this was the third Cabinet reshuffle in three years and about the creation of the new Land and Marine Affairs Ministry “with an attendant increase in expenditure.”