Kamla Persad criticizes government for pursuing ‘witch hunt’ in 25-yea-old Robert Sabga report

Persad-Bissessar pointed out that over the past 25 years, the People's National Movement (PNM) has been in Government for the majority of that time, and no action was taken with respect to safeguarding children with respect to the Sabga report.

Kamla Persad criticizes government for pursuing 'witch hunt' in 25-yea-old Robert Sabga report
Kamla Persad criticizes government for pursuing 'witch hunt' in 25-yea-old Robert Sabga report

Trinidad and Tobago: Leader of Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar has criticized the Government for pursuing a ‘witch hunt‘ with respect to the 25-year-old Robert Sabga report and not taking immediate action to secure the children who are affected in the 2021 Justice Judith Jones report.

She spoke on the issue during the debate of the mid-year budget review at the Parliament sitting yesterday.

Persad-Bissessar pointed out that over the past 25 years, the People’s National Movement (PNM) has been in Government for the majority of that time, and no action was taken with respect to safeguarding children with respect to the Sabga report.

‘What is your care for the children of this land? You dig up and drill up and put out yesterday a 25-year-old report, and then you go back 25 years to look for (Basdeo) Panday when he was in Government. Out of those years, how many were you in Government? What did you do with that report? The infamous Sabga report?’ she said.

‘Coming down now, 25 years, witch-hunting when out of those the majority of years you were in office. So look, no crocodile tears from that minister about these children’s homes, you know, no going back 25 years, you are in charge now, do something! Do something! Our children need to be safe; they need justice; we need justice for these children,’ she said.

She said she is not sure whether any of the recommendations in the Justice Judith Jones report have been taken to heart.

‘Take another five weeks, take another six months, task force again to do something else, and children are in a dangerous position there,’ she said.

Persad-Bissessar said everything is not about money but about getting these affected children into safe places now until the task force provides recommendations to treat the issues.

She said her Government had a track record when she was Prime Minister and brought a better quality of life for children and for all the people of this country.

In 1997 when the Sabga report was submitted to the then-Basdeo Panday-led Cabinet, Persad- Bissessar was Legal Affairs Minister.