By CLINT CHAN TACK Monday, June 25 2012
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DIEGO MARTIN North/East MP Colm Imbert yesterday declared the appointment of United National Congress (UNC) chairman Jack Warner as National Security Minister should be “frightening to all right-thinking citizens” of Trinidad and Tobago.
Imbert also said new appointees who are not yet tainted, such as new Finance and Economy Minister Larry Howai, must restore some level of credibility to the People’s Partnership Government, “which it sorely lacks at this time.”
The appointments of Warner and Howai to the respective posts of National Security and Finance were part of a sweeping range of changes which Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced last Friday in her second reshuffle of the PP Cabinet. The first reshuffle took place on June 27, 2011.
“I see no meaningful change with this reshuffle but I do hope that the new Cabinet can do something positive. A number of ministers have been moved around but there is no indication that this will be of any benefit to TT because so many of these ministers have had no positive impact on the their portfolios over the last two years,” Imbert said.
Imbert continued, “Our economy is in a slump, with no sign of recovery under the present Government, no matter how they try to spin it. Our energy sector is in crisis, and the actions that should have been taken in 2010 and 2011 to stimulate new oil and gas production have been delayed while our Prime Minister and her entourage travelled the world.” He added, “Crime is out of control, food prices have skyrocketed and unemployment is rising.”
Imbert described Warner’s new appointment as “a mockery.” He said, “It should be frightening to all right-thinking citizens that the Prime Minister could be so insensitive to local and international sentiment. The fact that she would choose to appoint him (Warner) to such a sensitive position is cause for serious concern.”
Given the numerous challenges facing the country, Imbert said, “I hope therefore, that some of the new appointees, who are not yet tainted, such as Larry Howai will bring a measure of credibility to the Government.
Former national security minister Brigadier John Sandy has been given a diplomatic posting while former finance minister Winston Dookeran was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister. Emmanuel George has replaced Warner as Works and Infrastructure Minister.