Kamla remains silent

It’s been four days since a tip-off rev­e­la­tion from Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley that shocked and in some cas­es con­fused the Low­er House of Par­lia­ment and Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar has not put out a de­fense.


On Mon­day Row­ley said, “I didn’t know Mar­lene Mc Don­ald was go­ing to get ar­rest­ed but one month be­fore she was ar­rest­ed the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion could have called her to her of­fice and tell her she was go­ing to be ar­rest­ed.”

Since then the Port of Spain South Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment has af­firmed her leader’s state­ment.

She said that when Mrs Per­sad Bisses­sar re­port­ed­ly spoke to her she knew it was com­ing from “high up.” She ex­pressed that she had “no doubt” in her mind that the Op­po­si­tion Leader was speak­ing the truth and she had no rea­son to doubt her.

Al­so speak­ing out on the mat­ter was Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith who ex­pressed to Guardian Me­dia,


“It is ab­solute­ly im­pos­si­ble that any­one could of made such a state­ment and be ac­cu­rate about it be­cause sev­er­al weeks be­fore there was noth­ing re­mote­ly close to go­ing ahead to con­firm any MP was to be ar­rest­ed.”

The on­ly per­son that has not ad­dressed the mat­ter is the Op­po­si­tion Leader.

Guardian Me­dia has been try­ing to reach Per­sad Bisses­sar by tele­phone but she has not an­swered.

We sought to get a re­sponse through oth­er mem­bers of the par­ty but this too has failed.

At a news con­fer­ence on Wednes­day, the par­ty’s Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Ani­ta Haynes dis­missed Row­ley’s claims as a dis­trac­tion from oth­er na­tion­al is­sues.

But for the many cit­i­zens fol­low­ing this sto­ry, they will just have to wait on a con­fir­ma­tion or de­nial from Per­sad-Bisses­sar her­self.

Reporter: Chester Sambrano

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