Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the committee appointed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to probe healthcare and Covid-19 deaths in this country is powerless. She described the move as a “pappyshow” to justify and validate the incompetence and mismanagement of the pandemic.
She reiterated her call for a commission of enquiry into the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, saying this will ensure they have the legal power to subpoena witnesses and gather real data and evidence.
Persad-Bissessar recalled that she had made this call since June 2021, when the Covid was death rate was lower.
Speaking to the Express by phone yesterday, the former prime minister said she was surprised at the short seven-day time frame the committee was given to do its investigation.
“It’s too little, too late, a shameful failure on the part of the Government in managing this crisis,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar said over 3,000 people have died, adding that the Prime Minister’s actions were shameless.
She said the appointment of the committee was a clear admission that his policies are failing citizens.
“While I have no issue with the members of this committee, the deficiencies in their seven-day remit are glaring. It is obvious that this committee is being set up to fail, and to serve no other function than to rubber-stamp Rowley’s failed Covid-19 management policies,” she stated in a release after stating the probe is a pappyshow.
Days before the Opposition Leader’s derivative comments Professor Terrence Seemungal, chair of the Prime Minister-appointed committee tasked to investigate stated: “We are going to do our best. I know the deadline is short, if it wasn’t urgent I guess they would have given us a long time, we are going to meet the deadline and we have some competent people on board. We could always strategise and do the most important things. We will have a report ready by the end of the week,”
A ‘pappyshow’ probe Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers