PM: ‘I’ve dealt with it’
By ANDRE BAGOO Friday, July 25 2014
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READY TO DEFEND: An armed policeman goes through his paces yesterday outside the International Waterfront Centre, which houses the Parliament Chamber,...
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday assured the nation that she had “dealt with” Sport Minister Anil Roberts and Minister of National Security Gary Griffith over their public spat on the issue of the use of “TT” in the Red Steel cricket team representing TT in the CPL T20 cricket competition.
Persad-Bissessar stated the issue, “doesn’t really change the price of sugar or flour or oil”, but addressed the issue at the post-Cabinet press briefing.
“I have said before that where there are disagreements between members; ministers of the Cabinet that Cabinet becomes the forum under my leadership to resolve such issues,” Persad-Bissessar told reporters at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair. “I am very happy that the final matches are being played in Trinidad and Tobago and that Red Steel is amongst those that will be performing.
“Those games for Trinidad and Tobago are going to be immense for promotion as a destination. I am very pleased that Trinidad is
the home base for the Red Steel team.”
She continued, “As to a specific matter of the dispute between the two ministers, I have dealt with this matter; we have discussed it today. I have made my views known to both ministers and I want to further indicate I do not approve of public squabbling between ministers. Such matters should be dealt with at the forum of the Cabinet and the sub-committees of the Cabinet. I thank you all very much for your time. I return to my Cabinet meeting.”
The Prime Minister did not address the issue of the Life Sport programme, which has also been a source of public divergence of views of both ministers. She took no questions. Winston Dookeran, the founder of the Congress of the People — to which both ministers are said to be members — said at the same briefing that it was not in the public interest to add to the squabble.
“I don’t think it would be in the public interest for me to add to the squabble and I believe the question should really be properly addressed to the current leader of the Congress of the People,” he said.
Last night, at the National Gas Company (NGC) stakeholder appreciation ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, PM Persad-Bissessar in delivering the feature address, declared that the cricket team will indeed be called the TT Red Steel.