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Leader of the Opposition and Member of Parliament for Siparia, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar says the delay of the Commission of Enquiry into the events that led to the death of four divers at Paria Fuel raises suspicions of coverup and deflection.

A press release issued today by the Opposition Leader said the latest announcement by the Prime Minister about changes to the composition of the enquiry as well as his failure to say when the enquiry will begin is simply inexcusable.

She said “it is crystal clear that Keith Rowley is more interested in protecting his friend Newman George than he is in getting to the truth as to what led to the tragic deaths of these four divers.”

The following is a press release from the Opposition Leader:  

Nearly a month after the tragic events at Paria Fuel where four divers sadly lost their lives, the public is no closer to learning the truth about what happened that fateful day. 

To make matters worse, the Rowley government is still nowhere close to finalising the details of the promised Commission of Enquiry into this disaster. 

Keith Rowley’s announcement today that the government is going to make yet another change to the composition of the Enquiry as well as his failure to say when the Enquiry will begin its work raises suspicions of coverup and deflection. 

It’s simply inexcusable that while Rowley continues to drag his feet over what was the worst industrial disaster for nearly forty years, Rowley’s close friend Newman George still occupies the post of Chairman of Paria Fuel. 

While the Government uses paid PNM bloggers to attack the families of the Divers and treat the sole survivor as an enemy of the state, no questions have been asked by the Rowley Government of Newman George and the board at Paria Fuel. 

It is obscene that the company’s Board and Management still have their jobs.

It is crystal clear that Keith Rowley is more interested in protecting his friend Newman George than he is in getting to the truth as to what led to the tragic deaths of these four divers. 

It is vitally important that this COE begin its duties as quickly as possible. That Keith Rowley sees no need for urgency regarding this matter is appalling. 

Justice delayed is justice denied. Keith Rowley appears determined to deny justice to the families of the deceased divers.