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Penny: Kamla blowing ‘hot and cold’

By CLINT CHAN TACK Wednesday, July 10 2013

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Pennelope Beckles Robinson...
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OPPOSITION People’s National Movement (PNM) senators yesterday said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was “blowing hot and cold” about her former trusted lieutenant Jack Warner rejoining the United National Congress (UNC) and People’s Partnership.

They also supported PNM and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley’s position that Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams was premature in saying email documents Rowley raised during his no confidence motion in the House of Representatives on May 20, were fake.

Speaking during the tea break of the Senate, Opposition Chief Whip Pennelope Beckles Robinson dismissed Persad-Bissessar’s call to Warner on Monday in Warrenville to withdraw his nomination, clear his name and rejoin the UNC.

Beckles-Robinson also rejected Persad-Bissessar’s claim that Warner was in cahoots with the PNM to win the Chaguanas West bye-election on July 29. “They are blowing hot and cold. The fact is on the one hand, Mr Warner has written and said if it is I win, I am offering myself, I want to return. If you recall, earlier she said if you clear your name you can come back,” Beckles-Robinson said. Noting that Rowley has been “very, very consistent from day one” on his reasons why Warner was unsuitable to be a government minister, Beckles-Robinson asked: “Isn’t it ironic that they have adopted his argument and said this is the reason why we are rejecting you?”

On the email probe, Beckles-Robinson agreed with Rowley that Williams’ statements were premature. Recalling that Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson is spearheading the probe, Beckles-Robinson asked: “Is it that he (Williams) has gotten a preliminary report? How does he make that pronouncement when we know that the investigation is still taking place?”

Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi said while the PNM respects the role of the police, it maintains that the Integrity Commission is the best agency to undertake an independent inquiry into Rowley’s email claims.

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