Naparima MP Rodney Charles and Minister of National Security Stuart Young yesterday locked horns in a “no you” battle over crime and Cambridge Analytica.
In a release issued yesterday, Charles dubbed the minister as “clueless” and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as “incompetent” in the fight against crime and accused them of leveraging claims of UNC involvement in a Cambridge Analytica scandal to distract the public from the current murder toll.
“With a murder rate heading for a record 550 by year’s end, PM Rowley as head of the National Security Council remains conspicuously silent on crime, focusing on distractions like Cambridge Analytica, while criminals wreak havoc on our country.”
“Today’s murder rate is 471. Four more than the 467 recorded for the same period last year. This means we are on track for 550 murders for 2019—equal to the highest ever recorded figure of 550 in 2008,” Charles’ release read before he trained his sights on the Minister of National Security.
“Young seems more interested in fairytales, like Cambridge Analytica and emailgate, than the fact that citizens are literally living in fear under his watch.”
He went on to promise citizens that such a fate would not befall them after they are “elected in 2020” as he said “the UNC will assume responsibility for the safety and security of all citizens.”
But in a release following Charles’, Young fired back. He believes it is the other way around. He accused the Naparima MP of politicising homicides as a distraction from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
“The members of the UNC are desperate to have the population ignore the clear and international testimony given that they allowed persons access to our individual spaces on our smartphones, computers and tablets. They permitted people, without our permission, to follow us, track us, invade our private internet access and communications.”
“The latest attempt by Rodney Charles to politicise homicides which the TTPS and other arms of law enforcement have been working assiduously to arrest is another act of desperation,” he said.
He stood by the efforts of the various law enforcement agencies, iterating their intention to continue the fight against crime.
“The UNC’s attempts to malign the men and women in law enforcement who have the responsibility of tackling crime is rejected and I again, publicly put on record my full support for the TTPS, TTDF and our Intelligence Services in their fight against crime. We, in National Security, will not be distracted and we remain focused and committed in performing our respective roles in the fight against criminality as opposed to the embracing of criminals and engaging in criminal behaviour,” he said.
- Rishard Khan