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PM: Opposition not doing its part in selecting CoP

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says Trinidad and Tobago is losing the fight against crime, yet the Opposition is failing to do its part to help solve the problem.

Speaking at a Public Meeting at the St. Joseph Community Centre on Tuesday, the Prime Minister reiterated the need for a Commissioner of Police who isn't acting in the role.

"We are losing the war but you hold the government accountable and the government must be held accountable and we are saying we want a Commissioner of Police and for reasons best known to the Opposition, they are saying we like it so."

On Wednesday, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar returned to her profession as an Attorney at Law and presented a case in the High Court of Justice, arguing that the Rowley administration's Order modifying the process for selection of the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police is in violation of the constitution and creates the potential for political interference and can potentially erode the independence of the Police Service Commission.

Dr. Rowley also said the National Security Ministry is receiving one of the largest allocations of the 2016 budget.

"The more we try, the more we spend is the more foolishness some people are carrying on with. Right now the Ministry of National Security is the largest single allocation in the national budget and we want to make sure that we get a bang for our buck and we get benefit for the money we are spending."

The Prime Minister also made a request for Parliamentary authorities to pay him for the time he was suspended from the Lower House.

He said while he wasn't representing his Diego Martin West constituency, he was serving as Opposition Leader - a post acknowledged by the President.

"If I don't get my money on the grounds that I didn't work then it means that they didn't have no Opposition Leader and it means that all them thing that I signed ain't sign good and it means that everything that that Chief Justice did in the courthouse while I signed for he to do ain't do good."

 

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