OPPOSITION LEADER Kamla Persad announced five new prospective candidates who will be contesting seats on behalf of the United National Congress (UNC) in this year’s general election. She named the new aspirants during a virtual political meeting which was streamed on the party’s website and Facebook page.
Parenting advocate Marcia Riley-Walker will go up against the Prime Minister in the Diego Martin West constituency, former police officer Curtis Orr will contest the Port of Spain South seat held by Marlene McDonald.
Youth speaker, activist and entrepreneur, Darren Garner, will vie for the PoS North/St Ann’s West seat held by National Security Minister Stuart Young.
John Ricardo Laquis, businessman and long-standing community activist will contest the Diego Martin Central seat held by Darryl Smith, and Eli Sakur will go up against Finance Minister Colm Imbert in Diego Martin North/East.
Persad-Bissessar knocked Dr Rowley and other ministers for a list of things including the lack of water in several communities.
She said a concerned citizen sent her a parliament note dated May 21 concerning a loan to provide $125 million for WASA.
If her party forms the next government, Persad-Bissessar said it will invest heavily in agriculture, including creating agricultural parks with necessary infrastructure, focus on local crops, super foods and no traditional export crops, implement agriculture insurance and capitalise on global demand for non-traditional food crops.