People still have rights in a pandemic—UNC

KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR SC MP, Opposition Leader and Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC)

The Opposition, United National Congress (UNC), says citizens’ rights must still be respected, despite the current COVID-19 crisis in Trinidad and Tobago.

The following is an official statement from the Opposition UNC on the issue…

UNC—People still have rights in a Pandemic

The tone of the Government’s press conferences continues to become more aggressive and political when faced with valid questions from citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister of Health today, instead of giving the population much needed information, chose instead to go on a diatribe.

The Government continues to fumble along, leaving the population with more questions than answers. Instead of approaching questions with transparency and accountability, the Administration chooses to berate and vilify anyone who speaks out.

This administration has repeatedly tried to politicize all legitimate queries into processes, distribution of funding, testing for Covid-19 and levels of preparedness for this health crisis. This type of rhetoric from persons charged with leading the country endangers all of us.

We remind the Government yet again that in the midst of dealing with a pandemic, citizens’ rights must not be trampled upon.

It is appalling that the Minister refused to respond to the concerns raised, including questions from members of the media. This approach of deflection and meandering answers is a disservice to an anxious population.

The United National Congress is aware of the threat posed by Covid-19, and it is therefore disturbing that the Minister continues to attack anyone who questions the Government’s handling of this public health emergency.

The Opposition will not be deterred. We will continue to hold the Government accountable to the people of this country.

If the Government is serious about uniting to fight the disease, they should accept the Opposition Leader’s proposal for the formation of a multi-stakeholder task force to map the way forward.