United National Congress (UNC) political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says heads must roll for the Covid-19 health crisis that has hit the country post election.
She questioned whether there was a plot to hide the true impact of the deadly virus to hold the general election.
"Was the T&T population deliberately and disturbingly lulled into a false sense of security by the Rowley Government and Health technocrats as to the true incidence of Covid-19 positive cases before the General Elections? Was there a cover-up plot among these officials?" she asked.
Persad-Bissessar stated that since January, the Rowley Government "falsely claimed" they had a pandemic plan, and belatedly closed our borders.
"Their sham, inadequate testing policy then failed every possible international standard. Still, they kept insisting that there was no community spread and very low incidence of Covid positive cases. Citizens believed them and were falsely convinced that they were safe to resume their daily activities," she stated.
Persad-Bissessar added that the Rowley Government alone had access to, and control over, the true statistics and data of the Covid-19 spread in T&T.
"Yet, they bluntly refused to come clean with the population at every possible turn," she stated.
"Then, PM Rowley called an election during this deadly pandemic, a decision ONLY HE could have made. Now, just one week later, we are in a clear, possibly uncontrollable health crisis and another lockdown. Indeed, heads must roll!," stated Persad-Bissessar..
She stated further that it was not surprising that the Rowley Government chose to put its political agenda before the lives and safety of citizens in this truly disturbing debacle.
Persad-Bissessar questioned why the health technocrats stayed silent.
"But what is the excuse of the Health Ministry’s technocrats? They are the ones who are entrusted with the sacred responsibility of protecting citizens’ health and lives without fear or favour. It is they, therefore, who should have stood up against the political directorate in the interest of protecting the people of this country," she stated.
"It is they who should have told us the truth. This remains their mandate. We, the people, at least deserve to know why it has come to this dangerous state of affairs, where the lives, health and safety of an entire population are now compromised and endangered. We need answers now!" she continued.
Persad-Bissessar in a Facebook post noted that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Saturday "belatedly announced new lockdown measures".
She criticised the move stating it came
as the number of Covid-19 positive cases keeps alarmingly and dramatically increasing on a daily basis and more
people are also tragically dying.
She also noted that Rowley warned that there is no more money to fund another shutdown, after accessing $20 billion from the Treasury during the last one. "This truly frightening situation now gives rise to a very serious issue of public interest," she stated. As T&T now braces for the surge, she urge everyone to please take all precautions and follow all health regulations to protect yourselves and others from Covid-19 at all costs.