Anita Haynes

public relations officer Anita Haynes

There is no political coup or plot to oust Kamla Persad-Bissessar as United National Congress (UNC) leader, says party public relations officer Anita Haynes.

Haynes was responding to questions about posts on social media stating that Persad-Bissessar was being forced to resign ahead of the swearing-in of Dr Keith Rowley as Prime Minister.

The newly-elected Tabaquite MP said this is nothing but fake news.

“The UNC has always been and remains a democratic institution. Our members are free to voice their opinions online and offline but we are a party committed to our procedures and so there is a process by which we select a political leader,” she said yesterday.

Haynes said this process has not been initiated and therefore “everything else can be housed under rumour or mischief”.

Some UNC members have been calling for Persad-Bissessar to vacate leadership. However, she can only do so in two ways- if she resigns on her own or if she is voted out at the party’s internal polls.

UNC internal elections for political leader are due in 2021.

According to the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, the Leader of the Opposition is appointed by the President. That person is a member of the House of Representatives and who in the President’s judgment is best able to command the support of the greatest number of Members of the House of Representatives who do not support the Government.

One day after the August 10 general election, all 18 UNC elected members pledged support for Persad-Bissessar as party leader.

Persad-Bissessar served as Prime Minister of the People’s Partnership Government between 2010 and 2015.

She has since served as Opposition Leader and has been UNC leader since January 2010.


Taxpayers have forked out close to $4 million in legal fees in the matter of Vertical Aviation LLC and the lease of the Sikorsky S76D helicopter by the former government.

Vertical Aviation had claimed the Government failed to satisfy its obligations under the lease by not paying rent and interest due for late rent payments, failed to replenish the security deposit after the aviation company applied the deposit funds to late rent payments, failed to enrol the aircraft in a tip-to-tail maintenance programme and did not maintain insurance for the aircraft.

Professor of molecular genetics and virology at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Christine Carrington says while there are yet no confirmed cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, it is only a matter of time before the highly transmissible variant is detected here.

Carrington was speaking during yesterday’s virtual news conference hosted by the Ministry of Health.

A 41-year-old woman remained in police custody yesterday, being questioned in connection with the murder of Maritime General and Fidelity Finance chairman and Piarco Airport corruption accused John Smith, 74, on Friday afternoon.

Around 4.30 p.m. on Friday, offi­cers of the Maraval Police Station responded to a call that there was a domestic dispute at a residence in Haleland Park, Saddle Road, Mara­val.

For decades, Trinidad and Tobago has battled a raging gang problem.

Successive governments and law enforcement have fought to reduce criminal organisations which have engaged in well-executed mafia-style illegal operations, including drug and gun running, money laundering, prostitution, extortion, and crimes like murders, robberies and even what are regarded as white-collar ventures.

THE manager at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) who cleared an employee of any wrongdoing following a complaint against him has signed an affidavit saying he was repeatedly called upon to change his findings in the matter.

He also said he was denied several requests to interview the Min­ister of Public Utilities for a “witness statement in the matter”.

It’s only a matter of time before Trini­dad and Tobago gets its first case of the Delta variant, as it’s more transmissible than the P1 (Brazilian) variant, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley also warned on Thursday that it is inevitable the highly infectious Delta variant will reach T&T’s shores.

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