The People’s National Movement (PNM) is on a corruption attack and will not allow thieves and corrupt persons to run this country, says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
Rowley made the remarks as he defended his Government’s move to launch a commission of enquiry into land acquisition for the multi-billion-dollar highway extension to Point Fortin under the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People’s Partnership government.
Speaking at the PNM’s annual sports and family day, at La Horquetta Recreation Ground yesterday, Rowley said the PNM stands for integrity and morality and is building a better society for the young people. These young people, he said, must not accept public officials who vow to serve but end up stealing money from the State and enriching themselves.
“When a government asks for a commission of enquiry into hundreds of millions of dollars being stolen and improperly spent and the Government is supposed to be on the defensive, I say not the PNM, we are not on the defensive, we are on the attack against corruption,” said Rowley.
He said whether it is in the Police Service, the Parliament, the public service or church, the PNM stands for morality in public affairs.
“We refuse to accept and you young people must not accept that a public officer could be charged for bribery, be on bail and still is running a public institution and handling public money...you young people must not accept that,” he said.
“There are people in this country who have no problem being on bail and going before the court and pretending that they are ethical and deciding what goes on in this country. The corrupt must not run this country, the thieves must not run this country. Whether they in the Police Service, the Customs, wherever they are, we are going to change this country,” he added.