By STEVE ALVAREZ DPTT Political Leader
In Paramin which is part of Colm Imbert’s constituency, a WASA line has been gushing water for days with no attempt to repair the leak, yet there are warnings about wasting water. I stopped to speak to a contractor about a landslip repair in Maracas only to be presented with a copy of a police report where the contractor was threatened with death if he did not pay bandits money for security.
He indicated that this practice is widespread and is becoming the norm. The Bourg Mulatresse field repair suffered a similar fate. As chaos prevails, the Opposition party is smelling an opportunity to once again have access to the country’s purse. There seems to be a feeling that if the PNM fails, the people will give the UNC a chance to fix things.
This is despite the failure of both sides to do basic things like getting WASA to restore the roadway after repairs, purchase adequate beds for our hospitals, pass effective laws to deal with people who threaten others for funding to conduct business or squat on private and State property.
Rather than pass laws that allow for immediate judicial attention for gun-related crimes and threats to others, the government and opposition both seem to think that it’s solely the police responsibility to ensure that communities are safe. Instead of citizens living in fear of being caught power washing their moss-grown walkway that has grown into a hazard over the rainy season, it should be the bandits who should be afraid of ever touching an illegal firearm.
The reality is there is nothing anyone can say or do to make the core supporters of the two major political parties vote outside of their party. It is also fair to conclude that both political parties are supported and encouraged by businesses who access government contracts at unrealistic prices and depend on similar contracts for sustenance.
Similarly, there are many who depend on the parties for State jobs and government appointments to State boards, ambassadorial positions and appointments to the Senate.
These people simply await their turn to continue a system of governance that sees the continued destruction of our coastline without much effort to address the problem. The inability to reliably distribute water to less than one and a half million people over an island seventy miles long and forty miles wide is common to both parties.
Tourism and agriculture need to be restructured
Many blindly support a party who, with adequate resources could not ensure safety in our communities. These parties could not restruct the tourism and agricultural sector to augment the nation’s reliance on the energy sector for economic survival. In short, they are unable to fix Trinidad & Tobago and no matter how many times we vote them into government the trend will continue. The good news is that there are more of us than blind supporters. We can end their reign.
If Trinidad & Tobago is to boast of safe communities, an economic plan that offers hope for our youths that are graduating from our many educational institutions, an effective and reliable judicial system, strong laws to deal with the many that threaten the peaceful existence of our citizens and modern infrastructure anchored by an effective maintenance program, then every citizen that are not blind supported of the PNM and UNC must come together and vote them out.
The DPTT is a political party that is accommodating everyone willing to save our Nation. This is our chance to raise the required funds, supply the appropriate personnel and end the divisive politics that has plagued Trinidad & Tobago.
In early January, the DPTT will be making a public plea with systems in place for those willing to help to come on board to save Trinidad and Tobago. The option of another five years of high crime, corruption, poor infrastructure and poor government service is only possible if one vote along the traditional racial lines.