THE United National Congress (UNC) has always supported the autonomy of Tobago way more than the People’s National Movement (PNM).
UNC’s public relations officer Kirk Meighoo in a press release on Thursday condemned statements made by PNM’s Tracy Davidson-Celestine on the political platform this week that there could be a possible alliance with the UNC and the PNM’s main opponent the People’s Democratic Patriots (PDP) in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.
Meighoo said, “The UNC condemns Tracy Davidson-Celestine’s bringing our party on her campaign platform to try to sully our name.
“Davidson-Celestine needs to explain the open and naked corruption in Tobago under her watch and address the fact that the PNM-controlled THA has received billions in funding and provided no accountability for squandering it.
“This includes spending $2.5 million for a rope masquerading as a tourism project and her personal expenditure. Using the PNM’s repeated tactics, Davidson-Celestine attempted to divert attention away by using racist and inaccurate insinuations.”
He said the PNM was the real “sell-out of Tobago,” and reminded the public that it was the UNC that enabled ANR Robinson’s entrenchment of the THA Act in the Constitution.
He added that it was also the UNC that guaranteed Tobago’s annual budgetary allocation through the Dispute Resolution Committee, which was part of the same THA Act.
“This, more than anything else, has enhanced and guaranteed the autonomy of Tobago in our twin-island Republic, and it is thanks to the UNC. The UNC rejects Davidson-Celestine’s racism and unreservedly and proudly stands by its record of respect and enhancement of Tobago’s autonomy,” Meighoo said.