CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY by T G. MENDES
Keith Christopher Rowley, in his then capacity as Leader of the PNM in Opposition, for political expediency disrespected the very basis of this nation’s democracy, its political integrity and in the process, he grossly disrespected its national Parliament. In addition, Rowley cast criminal aspersions upon leading members of the then ruling People’s Partnership Government’s political dispensation.
He perpetrated all the foregoing in the absence of any supportable or credible evidence. In the absence of Rowley’s unsupported accusations the PNM might after the General Election of 2015 have remained in Opposition – to the overall advantage of the entire nation!
Referred to above, of course, are the crudely typed copies of several e/mails which Rowley claims to have found in his mailbox. The contents of those yet unsupported documents were calculated to incriminate members of the elected administration, allegedly implicated in a plot to murder a news reporter. It was.presented with much publicity and fanfare in Parliament in 2013, timed in strategic proximity to General Election of 2015. Thus was the Rowley PNM’s close victory assured!
A third world banana republic
It has taken 6 years of local investigation before every e/mail provider has categorically declared that the e/.mails, the contents of which were triumphantly presented in Parliament by Rowley, were completely without substance or foundation! Despite this an unrepentant PM Rowley not only refuses to apologise for attempting to deceive Parliament and incriminate his political Opposition, but in the face of all the embarrassing evidence he has the effrontery to insist that his unsupportable allegations are not without foundation! Indeed, encouraged, no doubt by the apparent ongoing immunity from the legal consequences of his slander and disrespect and faced with almost certain defeat in General Election of 2020, he is once more “trying trick to make luck”. On this occasion Rowley is boasting of a 2015 attempt by the Opposition to purchase his assassination for approximately $2 million! This nefarious plot was reportedly abandoned only after 2 alleged “hitmen refused the assignment and reported their offers to Rowley!.
The foregoing begs the question why, as the PM who had no difficulty in responding to fellow politician Watson Duke’s unflattering reference to his “stink mouth” with the threat of sedition, not yet himself been similarly prosecuted for his own far more egregious offences and insults against the entire nation and its Parliament?
Until and unless, therefore, Keith Christopher Rowley has been forced to answer before a Court of Law for his politically expedient mischief in the nation’s Parliament T&T will remain in the eyes of the civilised world a poorly led violently and criminally inclined third world banana republic in which there is one law for the rich and no justice for the poor – with little hope of improvement or redemption in sight!