Kezel Jackson hopes to contest next general election with new party APP

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Kezel Jackson hopes to contest next general election with new party APP

Kezel Jackson has announced her new political party the All People’s Party (APP).

The former PDP political leader revealed that the APP was officially registered late last year, and was created out of her ‘humanitarian need’ to provide systemic help for citizens on a legislative level.

Though the party is registered, she said, it is still in the process of accepting members.

However, she is hoping to contest the 2025 general election.

She said the party placed value in competent leadership and addressed what was a ‘constant state of marginalisation’ that resulted in the neglect of the nation’s poor people.

Jackson is known most recently for her public feud with PDP leader Watson Duke.

In February 2023 it was revealed that the two had an affair and details of their personal and professional dealings later led to the defection of 16 of its members within the Tobago House of Assembly, including Chief Secretary Farley Augustine.

Jackson, in an Express interview, said she makes no apologies for her ‘humanness’.

Instead, she said, she hoped to be an example of perseverance despite the tumultuous origins of her political career. She added she was not ‘destroyed’ and had instead chosen to make something of the turmoil she had undergone.

‘With everything else I want them to see my humanness. I am not coming to present myself as some sort of perfect angel to them. For my personal life and my humanness, I make no apology for that. Mistakes will be made, and that may not be the only mistake I make…as we live, we make mistakes… The err of a man who has done wrong did not destroy me. So, all those that were sent out to destroy me I used it to build me. I built to show people that even through adversity you can find an opportunity,’ she said.

Jackson said there is a distinct need for leadership and a move away from bipartisan politics between the two major political parties, the People’s National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC).

She said that numerous sectors were ‘failing miserably’ and were burdened by the issues of crime, unemployment, and economics.

‘Right now, in this country there are so many problems among the business community to get foreign exchange, there are water woes, there is unemployment which has never been as high as it is right now. At present it is a wild, wild west. The Prime Minister and Minister of National Security cannot seem to give us a sense of security in this country. It feels as though the criminals have taken over and there are no solutions to crime, which is a holistic problem,’ Jackson said.

‘We are not diversifying; we are not even stabilising what we have at present. So even the over-dependence on oil and gas is to our detriment but we fail to see it. Tobago, which was supposed to be a tourism hub, is almost defunct and dead (in terms of tourism). The population has reached a point where they are totally fed up and they are looking for a viable option. Is there any viable option?’

‘We need someone to fight and collectively. Sometimes by the spirit of the fight other persons will come in and say, ‘yes, we want a better T& T,” she said.

Jackson told the media house that she hopes to offer another level of governance that extended beyond ‘nationalistic’ politics. She said that geopolitics plays a role in domestic economics and other factors. Some of the projects she said she hopes to take on, she said, are diversification through tourism, the creation of local job opportunities, and addressing Trinidad’s traffic problem.

‘If you travel you will recognise that places like Venice have no advantage over places like Caroni Swamp. We have the advantage, but they have over 40 million tourists visiting per year. Our Caroni Swamp is not well marketed throughout the world,’ she said.

“Job opportunities can be created if the Government facilitates it. We have things going on, Beijing and Shanghai constructions doing major works throughout the country but if you ask for a ratio of how many nationals are employed you would be surprised to see better can be done. You are seeing some advancement but are the local people benefiting?’ Jackson asked rhetorically.