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Trinidad: Kamla-Govt must account despite covid19

QUESTIONING the Government’s U-turn on patrols by security firms, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the covid19 pandemic is no reason to not hold the Government to account for its actions and spending.

“The Government’s flip flop on the move to hire private security firms to complement police patrols during the national shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for greater transparency and accountability in all Government’s spending on measures aimed at mitigating covid19.

“In less than 24 hours of the decision being made public, the Government was forced to rescind it, following widespread criticism and concerns.”

Saying national security decisions must never be so ad hoc as to then be rescinded overnight, she said the Government must be transparent and accountable to citizens, as is usually sought by MPs in Parliament.

“A pandemic does not erode the need for these checks and balances in our democracy.”

Persad-Bissessar queried National Security Minister Stuart Young’s claim that “citizens feel safe” as the reason for the rescission of the patrols. “It is clear that no-one believes this is the reason for the about-turn.”

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