Even as he fumed at the media for “trying to pin” Marlene McDonald’s corruption scandal on him, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Thursday admitted that he exercised flawed judgment by reinstating her as a Cabinet minister despite the trail of allegations that dogged her.
Rowley faced the media yesterday for the first time since McDonald was arrested at her Maracas, St Joseph home last Thursday. She has been charged with seven offences of corruption, fraud and misbehaviour in public office and is now home on $2 million bail.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says there is no need for him to apologize to the Opposition Leader or resign over the 'Emailgate' fiasco.
Dr Rowley was responding to the announcement yesterday by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) that it has officially closed the investigation.
Making it clear he will not go down the Opposition’s “rabbit hole”, the prime minister accused the UNC of “twisting” the “facts” as is outlined in the file handed to the TTPS by the Director or Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley should not have ventured into a tit-for-tat situation with the United States.
So said former director of the University of the West Indies Institute of International Relations Prof Andy Knight in response to Rowley's attack last Friday on the US State Department for T&T's ranking in their 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report which placed the country at Tier 2.
Rowley accused the US of hypocrisy, given their own struggles with migrants.
A United National Congress (UNC) member has resurrected the three-year-old election petition and is now seeking to sue Chief Justice Ivor Archie for his role in the determination which cost him the seat back in 2015.
In a pre-action protocol letter yesterday, UNC senator and attorney Gerald Ramdeen represented Dr Shevanand Gopeesingh, who was the UNC candidate for San Fernando West and went up against Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he and the CARICOM delegation that went to the United Nations, are satisfied that the mission was successful, saying that it brought a number of people down from a heady position to one of review.
"We believe that as we look at the situation, the more level heads will come out and say there must be another way," Dr Rowley said at a news conference on his return to T&T Wednesday.