WHAT kind of national leader would attempt to mislead a country about a public document? What type of Prime Minister would refuse to take responsibility for a matter that his Government cost distressed taxpayers almost $1 billion?
Only an unconscionable person as Keith Rowley would blatantly seek to hoodwink Trinidad and Tobago on the London arbitration ruling with respect to highway contractor OAS Construtora.
The British tribunal held the Rowley Government guilty of terminating the contract for the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, and instructed the payment of $852 million, but in a typically arrogant manner, Rowley mounted a political platform and placed an awful spin, howling that the Kamla Persad-Bissessar Government was guilty of altering the relevant contract.
The extensive ruling of the arbiters, however, said the Rowley regime was directly responsible for breaching the contract, which has led to the staggering cost to taxpayers.
Rowley responded only after Dr. Roodal Moonilal, speaking in Parliament, revealed the Government’s violation of the agreement. The Prime Minister chose to speak at a PNM meeting, refusing to address the nation in Parliament, as he was morally bound to do.
The spiteful Government scrapped the watertight and important contract only because it had been negotiated by Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s Administration.
The Express newspaper voiced a popular view, in stating that Rowley’s “platform rhetoric” was “an exercise in avoidance of responsibility”. The newspaper properly chided the Prime Minister’s “conspiracy theory”, adding that “the responsibility for the fiasco surrounding the termination of the contract falls squarely on his administration”.
What manner of leader would permit malice to cost his nation a stupendous $852 million?