Rowley not getting involved in THA drama until it becomes a breach of law

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Rowley not getting involved in THA drama until it becomes a breach of law

Until it becomes a breach of law, the Prime Minister says he will not be getting involved in the operations of the Tobago House of Assembly.

The was the Rowley’s response to a question while speaking at a Breakfast with the PM event at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre on Wednesday.

PNM Tobago Council general secretary Akisi London, asked the PM to address the issue of an audio clip in which two THA officials allegedly discussed using public funds to hire people to promote propaganda on social media, to which Rowley said he is always cognisant that he could be under surveillance.

“Technology has changed our world, and if some people did not realise that, they’ll get surprised. I don’t say anything in the company of anybody without assuming they have a tape in their pocket and are taping what I’m saying.

“If there are people in Tobago – 14 seats or 24 seats – and they want to go and plan to use taxpayers’ money to run their party or whatever they want, that’s allyuh business.

“The Prime Minister will not get involved in that until it becomes a matter of breach of the law.

“But let it not be said that as PM of TT, that I have let Tobago drift. That has not been happening and is not happening. If there are consequences to be paid, then they will be paid. If in Tobago there are officers who are prepared to break the law, they will face the law.”

He added: “This is happening right now, where the THA publicly decides and announces it’s going to break the EMA law, and I would advise you that the EMA has intervened under law and stopped the project and the EMA will take to the courts of TT any and all people who are preparing to break the law in Tobago with respect to the EMA Act.

The Prime Minister was referring to the ex-parte injunction granted to the EMA over the 2.5-kilometre Shirvan-Store Bay Local Road Connector, after the authority complained to the court that it had not granted the required approvals for the project.

“We are a country governed by laws, and it doesn’t matter how popular you are at the polls, the law will bring you to heel.”

“If a bridge falls down, or a tree falls across the road, you look to the government in Tobago to do something about it.

“But if government means a different set of authority and a different set of laws, then that is where we would cross paths, because we all get into these offices under law and that gives you breadth of authority and it gives you restrictions.”

“That brings you to the point of the behaviour: if, while you’re in office, you behave in a way that attracts the attention of the electorate, in whatever you do, let us hope what you do is something worthy of public consumption.”

Rowley said as PM and a representative of the PNM, he maintained the two islands were better together than apart.

“We will do everything to ensure that citizens in Cedros and Charlotteville have the same opportunities from that ownership of the nation. People could call themselves the empire of Tobago or whatever, as long as they observe the laws that govern TT.”