Ball in PM’s court for damage control

The rul­ing PNM gov­ern­ment seems to be lurch­ing from one cri­sis to an­oth­er. This was how po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof John La Guerre re­spond­ed to the re­cent fir­ing of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald and Mon­day’s can­cel­la­tion of Garvin Si­mon­ette’s ap­point­ment as her re­place­ment.

Mc­Don­ald, a deputy po­lit­i­cal leader of the PNM, and pow­er­house in both the Par­lia­ment and the po­lit­i­cal was charged with sev­en crim­i­nal of­fences yes­ter­day along with four oth­ers in­clud­ing her com­pan­ion.

PNM saddened by McDonald situation

The Peoples National Movement says it is saddened by this turn of events involving Port of Spain MP Marlene McDonald.

In a release issued a short while ago, the PNM says it is thankful for the yeoman service Ms. Mcdonald has provided, for the past 12 years.

The party says it has long stood on the side of the law, and particularly under the stewardship of Dr. Rowley.

In this regard, and mindful that the matter is now before the courts, the party wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the independence of the major stakeholders in this ongoing situation.

Audit coming over gangster contracts

The mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar con­tracts giv­en to sev­en re­put­ed gang lead­ers at two PNM-con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions will now be the sub­ject of an ex­pan­sive au­dit that will al­so in­clude the 12 oth­er re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tions across the coun­try.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Rur­al De­vel­op­ment and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein in a me­dia re­lease is­sued on Wednes­day in which he sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to have this mat­ter prop­er­ly in­ves­ti­gat­ed.

PNM begins screening this weekend

The PNM starts screen­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment nom­i­nees from this week­end, be­gin­ning with can­di­dates for San­gre Grande to­mor­row and San Fer­nan­do on Sun­day.

Al­ready, three San Fer­nan­do coun­cil­lors have been nom­i­nat­ed un­op­posed.

Screen­ing was con­firmed by PNM’s Bal­isi­er House head­quar­ters.

PNM con­trols both cor­po­ra­tions. Af­ter this week­end, screen­ing con­tin­ues dai­ly next week for oth­er ar­eas.

PNM Tobago distances itself from alleged paedophile

Chairman of the People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council Stanford Callender is distancing the party from the actions of a youth activist's accused of sexting a 15-year-old boy.

On Wednesday morning, Tobago woke to the news that the activist, who works with youths in the Tobago House of Assembly(THA) and appears on some of the party's political platforms, sent WhatsApp messages to the underage child, soliciting oral sex.

PNM Women's League encouraged by PM's presentation

The National Women’s League of the People’s National Movement is praising Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley for what it calls "his sterling example of leadership and accountability to the nation during his recent address on the country's economic status".

The League says it felt encouraged by the presentation which inspired a new personalized feel to governance labelling it as each citizen's business.

The League is applauding the Prime Minister for his willingness to be open and honest with citizens who requested answers into ongoing changes in the country's finances.