Despite receiving flack for her party’s lack of support in extending the life of the Anti-Gang bill, Opposition leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has reiterated the UNC’s stance of no support, until there is procurement reform.
In a message to the government during the UNC’s virtual Monday night meeting, Persad-Bissessar said “If you don’t bring the Procurement legislation, we’ll isolate you! We’ll not support you!”
Her statement comes amidst widespread criticism and calls for the UNC to put country first.
However, Persad-Bissessar said that the only ones complaining and slamming her party were the “pro-PNM elements in the media” and PNM supporters.
She questioned why her party should support the bill and said that with “the exception for the offence of being a gang leader or member, you don’t need this law to lock up someone for murder, wounding, trafficking, robbery.”
She maintained that the law was draconian and it had failed and called on the police to do their jobs and enforce the law as it stands.
Persad-Bissessar insisted the “procurement legislation was needed for fighting the gangs and “the white-collar gangs and ‘friends and family’!