PM mum on who's protecting him

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 20:00

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is not saying whether his security team at present consists of officers of the Police Special Branch or members of the Defence Force.

The matter was raised by the Opposition in the House of Representatives, during the part of the proceedings that allow for questions to the Prime Minister.

However, Dr Rowley told the House that as a public official who is exposed to the elements and is being afforded protection of state agencies, he is "not prepared to discuss any security afforded to me or any citizen afforded security by the State".

Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Roodal Moonilal asked whether the Prime Minister was refusing to say whether he was being guarded by Special Branch officers.

However, the Prime Minister told the House that he will "not engage in stripping away the security of anybody in Trinidad and Tobago".

Last week the Police Services Association revealed that Special Branch officers charged with guarding the Prime Minister had complained about being overworked without proper compensation.

CNC3 has been reliably informed that soldiers have been assigned to accompany the Prime Minister this week, in positions usually served by Special Branch officers.