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Charles slams ‘out of place’ Augustine

Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles
Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles

KINNESHA GEORGE-HARRY

“OUT of place!”

This is how Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles described Parlatuvier/L’Anse Fourmi/ Speyside representative Farley Augustine.

Addressing Tuesday’s Minority Leader’s press briefing at the Office of the Minority Leader in Scarborough, Augustine said the Minority agrees with the Assembly’s ability to borrow, but has serious reservations. Augustine expressed concern about Government’s move to soon grant approval to the Assembly to raise capital on the local market.

However, in response while speaking on Tuesday at a People’s National Movement (PNM) meeting at the Moriah Community Centre, Charles pulled no punches.

“They (the THA minority) could tell us how to manage money? He needs to address his boss; he has run the PSA (Public Services Association) to the gutter,” Charles said as he referred to leader of the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) Watson Duke who is also president of the Public Service Association (PSA).

“What do they know about running money or running country? As a matter of fact, running a country, running an island especially in these times is not like running a parlour, it certainly isn’t like running a circus. There are no clowns in the PNM, there certainly are no clowns in the Executive Council. Now if you say where there are clowns, I may listen,” Charles said.

On Monday during the mid-year budget review, Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced that he intends to grant approval “in the very near future” to the THA to raise loan financing on the local market in the sum of $300 million for a number of development projects in Tobago.

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