Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar. Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is afraid to admit that there is a spike in the Covid-19 virus as this is the basis of the People's National Movement (PNM) electoral campaign says Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Speaking at a virtual meeting on Thursday the former Prime Minister said that the PNM is playing games with the population and if there was no pandemic the Government would have absolutely nothing to boast about.

"Rowley is aware that if he admits a spike it will only allow that to contradict his campaign rhetoric that we handled it well. So he's playing games with this thing," she said.

Persad-Bissessar said Trinidad and Tobago followed the health protocols of other countries globally in terms of closing the borders but more planning was needed to battle the virus which the PNM Government failed to provide.

"Ask yourself if the borders were closed where did the spike come from?" she said as she reminded that when the borders were supposed to be closed Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and her entourage entered T&T.

Persad-Bissessar said hundreds of illegal immigrants are coming through the borders and action is needed.

She said what the country needs now is a clear plan and the political will to take tough action to protect citizens.

The UNC, she said, has a proper plan.

She said the party has launched a nine-point plan to defeat the risk posed by this virus, which we will implement immediately upon entering office.

Persad-Bissessar said the plan includes maintaining closed borders, ensuring a visual safety net to protect the borders and repatriating stranded citizens.

She further said that Covid testing will be ramped up.

Persad-Bissessar also reminded that in the 2015 general election Rowley had called for international observers which were provided.


Cabinet has approved a contract to Bridgemans Services Group (BSG) for its Cabo Star cargo vessel to service the inter-island seabridge for two years at a reduced cost of US$16,000 a day.

Property tax appears increasingly to be a fait accompli for this October 5 national budget.

Asked about the implementation of property tax yesterday, Minister of Finance Colm Imbert said: “We had committed in our manifesto to continue with the Revenue Authority and the property tax system. That is there in black and white. We didn’t hide from anybody with that. We put it there—that we were doing the valuation of properties and preparing the valuation rolls in order to allow the implementation of that particular tax. And also we were continuing our work on the Revenue Authority.

The complaint against Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith by the chairman of the National Security Council, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, has been submitted to the Police Service Commission (PolSC).

A failure as a father.

This is how Bryan Whittier, a Trini­dadian who has been stuck in Japan for the past eight months, says he feels every time he speaks to his children on the phone and cannot give them an answer as to when he will be home.

Whittier left Trinidad for Japan on January 26, where his plan was to purchase auto parts and equipment for the company he is employed with.