Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Kamla: TT Gov’t ‘wicked’ to open borders for CPL and not citizens

Trinidad Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Trinidad Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Under the guise of COVID-19, the Trinidad and Tobago Government is locking citizens out but selectively allowing supporters of the People’s National Movement (PNM) to return home in time for the August 10 General Election.

This accusation comes from Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar who claimed the PNM administration “is playing a diabolical game by using the COVID situation to electioneer and suppress campaigning of opposition parties”.

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She raised the concern while speaking during the UNC’s virtual political meeting On the Ballot on Thursday night (JUly 9).

Persad-Bissessar questioned how government could justify hosting the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket tournament just eight days after the general election, while at the same time not allowing citizens to return home to exercise their right to vote.

“Government today (Thursday) approved the CPL cricket tournament to be hosted here from the 18th of August. How could you approve this and at the same time bar our citizens from returning home to vote. Apparently COVID-19 will magically disappear after the elections.”

She accused Government of being wicked against its own citizens by keeping the borders closed.

“They are using COVID as a tool to aid their chances in the election and give themselves an advantage by letting their supporters in and leaving the rest of citizens out. This is a wicked act.”

“You can’t let foreigners in to play cricket but leave our citizens to suffer. Pure malicious wickedness against our own citizens.”

Persad-Bissessar, who said citizens are suffering abroad, reiterated her call to bring nationals back home but keep the borders closed to non-nationals.

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