Former Sports Minister under the People’s National Movement (PNM) Gary Hunt wore yellow and walked with his brother in Aranguez yesterday, becoming the latest political personality with an allegiance to a political party to appear on the campaign trail for a rival party.
“(His appearance) speaks volumes to where this country must go. It is about country,” said Colonel Alhoy Hunt concerning his brother’s solidarity as he campaigned for the United National Congress (UNC).
Hunt is campaigning for the St Joseph seat, which has been in the hands of the PNM since 2013.
Gary Hunt was elected as the Port-of-Spain North/St Ann’s West MP for the PNM in 2007. He had largely disappeared from the political scene after the party left office in 2010.
UNC Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said based on the momentum the party was gaining she was confident of sweeping the east-west corridor.
“I feel very confident that we will win the St Joseph constituency as we will win the Barataria/San Juan constituency as we will win St Augustine as we will win Tunapuna and we will sweep the corridor. That’s how I see it,” she said.
She brushed aside the PNM’s criticism of her plans to revive the Petrotrin refinery while also questioning the announcement of signoff concerning the refinery, which would finally see the refinery handed over to the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU).
“We have been hearing that same talk, same talk, same playbook. For years we have been hearing it. It is very unusual on the eve of an election with just a few days to go that you would engage in such a massive deal so we wait to see. They have been very critical of their plans, I agree, but they have no plans of their own,” she said.
As for other allegations raised by the PNM, the opposition leader said she felt her opponents were acting like they were campaigning for the 2015 general elections.
“It’s the same allegations five years later. No one has been charged except Marlene McDonald. They have been following the money for five years. The only person who is under a criminal charge is Marlene McDonald,” she said, referring to fraud and misbehaviour in public office charges levelled against the Port-of-Spain South MP in 2019.
However, also in 2019 former UNC attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former UNC senator Gerald Ramdeen were charged in relation to legal kickbacks paid out during Ramlogan’s time as AG in 2010 to 2015.