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Carolyn makes her move

Monday, August 27, 2018

Everything happens in a moment. This is the moment when taken becomes the turning point in one’s life. It can also affect a country. Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has seized such a moment and has made her move that will transform the politics of Trinidad and Tobago.

In 1985, Lincoln Myers made his mark on the political stage when he went on a 6 am to 6 pm 40-day fast on the steps of the Hall of Justice “to protest corruption in the PNM at the time, a move widely credited with contributing to the PNM’s crushing 33-3 defeat by the NAR in the 1986 general election” (Trinidad Guardian, March 17, 2016). That action of Myers pulled at the spiritual heartstrings of the citizens of the country, who responded by reconnecting with their inborn moral fibre that manifest in love, unity and decency. The 1986 election was the end result of that tipping point moment that was taken by Mr Myers.

What about Seepersad-Bachan and this time in our political history? During the debate on acceptance of the recommendation for Commissioner of Police, Prime Minister Rowley said that the stance the nominee Gary Griffith took on the Life Sport debacle during the term of the People’s Partnership government was the reason why he supported him, stating that he was made of a different mettle. In Rowley’s words: “That is a good reason for me to change my mind because he stood up for the people of T&T against a Cabinet that was prepared to bury and hide Life Sport.” (Guardian, July 31st, 2018)

While the Opposition, Government supporters and the average Trini sat bemused, confused and tongue-tied by this strange move by Rowley, one voice called from the wilderness of political suppression. No other national dared contradict Rowley at that time as he waved an ‘about face’ trump card to silence the growing dissatisfaction with the PNM’s failure in dealing with the crime situation.

Then, as a true leader, projecting fearlessness and balance and while not condemning the pick of Griffith as the top cop, Mrs Seepersad-Bachan made it known publicly that the information Rowley used in Parliament in his support of Griffith were as untrue and misleading as the emails brought to the House several years ago by the same MP for Diego Martin West. Mrs Seepersad-Bachan minced no words by making it clear publicly that Rowley’s statements in Parliament on Monday July 30, 2018, were grossly incorrect when he crowed that Griffith had stood up against Anil Roberts and Life Sport. “It is the Congress of the People who stood up and asked for Roberts’ resignation and an investigation of Life Sport.” (CSB, newspaper report August 2, 2018). “She was also unimpressed about Griffith’s role in the affair over West, whom Griffith had allegedly called at Ramlogan’s request. “Griffith was not removed because he stood up to any minister, but because it was revealed he was the one who made the call to the witness.”

She said Griffith should not have made that phone call, but instead should have reported the whole matter to the authorities.”

Further to this, the COP leader, in a Facebook Live presentation, asked the question no one to date has dared ask: ‘What had happened to the accusation made by the same Keith Rowley that Griffith was involved in a plot to commit murder and other heinous crimes? Has Mr Griffith been pardoned by the police?” asked Mrs Bachan.

World history has taught us that no nation can move forward, no people can progress when the leadership practices deceit and deception; when the leadership finds it expedient to wave the truth as a stop-gap measure to pacify the public. If a matter starts in darkness and unless it is arrested and re-directed, the outcome will be more problems and hurt for the citizens of the country.

Since these releases and courageous pronouncements on national issues, Seepersad-Bachan’s voice is being heard more and more and it is finding resonance in a population that is thirsting for change, for hope and for liberation. There is a deep cry for unity, integrity and a return to prosperity.

Seepersad-Bachan has made her move for “rightness” and integrity. She has done so with a bold calmness. It is now up to us, the people of Trinidad and Tobago, to make our move, to seize the moment and begin to roll back the overcast clouds of stagnation that is all around us. We can do this by supporting this lady.

Jerome Chaitan,


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