Ragbir denies UNC held any parliamentary caucus; set to appear before a disciplinary committee

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Ragbir denies UNC held any parliamentary caucus; set to appear before a disciplinary committee

UNC MP Dr. Rai Ragbir said his reason for supporting the Whistleblower legislation was to help address concerns regarding certain actions within the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation.

In a release on Tuesday clarfying his decision, Dr Ragbir said many people were afraid to report certain matters to the police.

He said the Whistleblower Act can improve the overall image of Trinidad and Tobago on the international stage and by enacting this Act, Trinidad and Tobago sends a strong message to the global community that it is serious about rooting out corruption and promoting good governance.

Dr. Ragbir also addressed rumors that councilors from Sangre Grande intend to lead a protest against him because of his move.

He said he would never condemn anyone for peacefully expressing dissent towards any elected official, as it is their right to do so.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ragbir has denied accusations that he refused to attend the party’s parliamentary caucus meetings.

He is calling on the Opposition Chief Whip to prove that the party held such a meeting regarding the Whistleblower Bill and that he was informed of it.

Dr. Ragbir also criticized the UNC’s disciplinary committee for springing into action to deal with his vote on a bill meant to fight corruption, and not to deal with members charged with crimes or those facing serious allegations.

On Monday, the UNC leader said the MP will be afforded an opportunity to be heard and account for his actions

A 12-member disciplinary team will be convened when the UNC’s national executive, which was installed Monday, begins work.

Ragbir will be able to have legal representation when he appears before the disciplinary team.