OPPOSITION LEADER Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described as “atrocious” the decision by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to keep National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds after a three-day Cabinet retreat.
In a release on Thursday, she said, “It is simply atrocious that after a three-day cabinet retreat, Keith Rowley chose to keep Fitzgerald Hinds as the Minister of National Security.
“I call on Rowley to put our citizens’ lives first and select a competent person to helm our national security apparatus.
“His refusal to replace Fitzgerald Hinds with someone competent has now gone past dictatorial arrogance to total disregard of our citizens’ opinions and fears.”
The Cabinet was on a working retreat from Monday to Wednesday at Crews Inn in Chaguaramas.
Persad-Bissessar said that while Dr Rowley admits that crime was totally out of control, he refuses to act in the best interest of the population.
She said, “Saying the society is violent, does not absolve the Rowley Government of their responsibility in controlling violent crime and murders.”
Persad-Bissessar said the only stability that exists under Hinds was a stable rise in the murder rate and violent crime.
Persad-Bissessar said, “I call on Keith Rowley to listen to the business community, civil society, the man on the street and all other stakeholders, to put the lives of citizens first and select a competent person to lead our National Security apparatus.”