UNC supports SOE, asks government to be accountable

During the debate on the state of emergency in the House of Representatives on 24 May 2021, UNC stated that it supports the state of emergency, but the government is running from taking responsibility for the crisis created by them.

Trinidad and Tobago: During the debate on the state of emergency in the House of Representatives on 24 May 2021, UNC stated that it supports the state of emergency, but the government is running from taking responsibility for the crisis created by them.

The opposition stated, “the government at every turn and opportunity sought to silence opposition speakers as they ran from taking responsibility for the crisis they have created.”

Adding to the statement, UNC further asserted that the PM Rowley government chose to avoid answering the key questions as to their plans for helping citizens to deal with this COVID-19 crisis.

“Opposition Members of Parliament were consistently shut down as they sought to undertake their elected constitutional duties of expressing the burdens our citizens face at this time,” – opposition stated.

UNC stated that during the debate, it did not hear anything new from the government – as to how they intend to control the spiralling infection rate despite they once again blamed citizens.

Further showing support to the COVID-19 measures, the opposition affirmed, “We in the Opposition indicated our support for these measures as they are key to saving lives, but we reserve the right to raise concerns and to hold this government to account, especially when it’s their failures that have brought us to this troubling state of affairs.”

“It was clear that not even the Prime Minister had a coherent response as to why this nation went from being – Oxford number one, as they erroneously boasted before the general election last year to this state of emergency,” – UNC stated.

The opposition party stated that silencing voices and downplaying public discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic matter has always been the government’s approach from the beginning of the pandemic, as in parliament in January 2020, they also chose silence over any form of discussion.

UNC concluded and stated that the opposition remains committed to work for the people of Trinidad and Tobago in overcoming the COVID-19 Pandemic, and they would continue to hold the government to account.