The United National Congress is willing to support the Anti-Gang Bill. But…there is a catch.
Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, during the party’s virtual report meeting on Monday night, said the UNC would give its support to the bill only if government agreed to implement procurement legislation.
The upcoming Anti-Gang Bill seeks to extend a (sunset) clause to continue the bill for another 30 months. However, the UNC already has expressed concerns about extending the life of this bill.
One of there concerns surrounds the proposed police power to enter and search places without a warrant once there’s reasonable belief regarding a gang situation.
Persad-Bissessar issued the challenge as she continued last night to protest the sale of the Guaracara refinery and Paria Fuel Trading Company. She said the UNC had been “bleating like lambs” to bring the procurement.
Persad-Bissessar also said Government was engaging in too many “secret deals” without transparency.
She said she had information that government intends to accept Patriotic’s bid for the refinery but that the controversial Trafigura entity will be the owners.