Bissessar slams PM Rowley over delay in investigation of Paria fuel incident

Bissessar noted that the delay in the commencement of the Paria COE raises suspicions that Keith Rowley is more interested in protecting his friend Newman George than getting to the truth.

Bissessar slams PM Rowley over delay in investigation of Paria fuel incident
Bissessar slams PM Rowley over delay in investigation of Paria fuel incident

Trinidad and Tobago: The opposition leader and the former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago- Kamla Persad Bissessar, again bashed Rowley-led administration over the delay in the commencement of the Paria CEO. She stated that Prime Minister Kieth Rowley is not interested in taking out the proper investigation in the Paria tragic incident. 

Bissessar noted that the delay in the commencement of the Paria COE raises suspicions that Keith Rowley is more interested in protecting his friend Newman George than getting to the truth.

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She cited, “Nearly a month after the tragic events at Paria Fuel, where four divers sadly lost their lives, the public is no closer to learning the truth about what happened that fateful day”. 

She further emphasized that to make matters worse, the Rowley government is still nowhere close to finalizing the details of the promised Commission of Enquiry into this disaster.

While slamming the prime minister’s administration, she affirmed that Keith Rowley’s announcement today that the Government is going to make yet another change to the composition of the Enquiry as well as his failure to say when the Enquiry will begin its work raises suspicions of coverup and deflection.

It’s simply inexcusable that while Rowley continues to drag his feet over what was the worst industrial disaster for nearly forty years, Rowley’s close friend Newman George still occupies the post of Chairman of Paria Fuel, she added. 

She also criticized them and stated that while the Government uses paid PNM bloggers to attack the families of the Divers and treat the sole survivor as an enemy of the state, no questions have been asked by the Rowley Government of Newman George and the board at Paria Fuel.

“It is obscene that the company’s Board and Management still have their jobs. It is crystal clear that Keith Rowley is more interested in protecting his friend Newman George than he is in getting to the truth as to what led to the tragic deaths of these four divers”, underscored opposition leader. 

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She also exclaimed that it is vitally important that this COE begin its duties as quickly as possible. That Keith Rowley sees no need for urgency regarding this matter is appalling.

Justice delayed is justice denied. Keith Rowley appears determined to deny justice to the families of the deceased divers, Bissessar added.