PORT-OF-SPAIN, January 10, 2016 - Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar today condemned Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for continuing to blame the United National Congress (UNC) for crime in the country.
Persad-Bissessar was responding to statements made by Rowley against the UNC, as he condemned the murders of 14-year-old Joshua Andrews and taxi driver Devon Hernandez on Monday.
In a statement, Persad-Bissessar declared, "It is high time Dr. Rowley stops blaming, pouting and complaining.
It’s time to wake up, man up and start leading because the country is disintegrating." She added that Rowley's tactic of once again trying to blame the Opposition is, "a pathetic attempt to deflect attention from his own incompetent leadership as chairman of the country’s National Security Council."
Having refused to provide law enforcement with the legislative tools to deal with gang violence, the blood of 15-year-old Joshua Andrews is virtually on the Opposition UNC’s hands.
That was the position taken by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday as he commented on the gruesome shooting death of Andrews as he sat in a taxi being driven to his home on Monday.
Andrews and taxi driver Devon Hernandez were killed, while other children who were passengers in the back seat were injured during the incident at Trou Macaque Road, Laventille.
In a televised address to the nation last night, Rowley empathised with the victims of crime and offered initiatives to lift the economy.
“As we reflect on the arrival of 2018 and all that it holds for us, let us spare a thought or a prayer for those individuals and families who have been victims of violent crime from one direction or another,"Rowley said.
He asked citizens to support the police whose efforts last year netted 1,064 firearms and 18,000 bullets, while 12,000 arrests were effected. Admitting TT faced record killings, Rowley said, “We must and we will win this war on crime.”