Ramlogan under fire
In a scathing attack on Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yesterday, ILP leader Jack Warner brought a goat onstage, clad in a yellow T-shirt. Calling the goat “Anansi,” Warner slammed Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for not removing Ramlogan from office.
Before a highly-charged crowd at the party’s final rally at Endeavour, Chaguanas, Warner said, “How could the PM keep a person like Anand in her Cabinet? I advised the PM many times a long time ago that Anand is hurting the image of the Government. The AG is a dangerous man!” He also praised candidate for Palmiste/Hermitage Charran Sookoo for taking legal action against Ramlogan for defamation of character in the lead-up to the local government elections.
Deputy political leader Anna Deonarine also launched an attack on Ramlogan yesterday. Saying she would not refer to Ramlogan as senior counsel or attorney general, Deonarine said, “My message to him is you have failed. The weapon of malice and lies will not prosper.” She predicted that Ramlogan’s days in office were numbered.
In a direct message to Ramlogan, she said, “You have made me a stonger woman than I was last week. You have made me more determined to get this corrupt and vile Government out of office. Remember me as the woman that did not take your abuse.”
Ramlogan has faced criticisms from the ILP, former attorney generals Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and John Jeremie, and former president of the Law Association, Martin Daly, SC for his decision to mount a political platform in the run up to the local elections to score “political points.” Ramlogan brandished police documents in relation to Deonarine’s alleged purchase of a Range Rover and also with respect to the sale of land to Clico for $13 million by her parents.
On the PNM platform in Tacarigua, meanwhile, fiery calypsonian Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins also attacked Ramlogan and government ministers. Rawlins made reference to a goat, calling Ramlogan’s name, while he named several ministers as being racist. In his song, Rawlins also called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to call the election fast, sending PNM supporters in a frenzy.
“The ship perishing slow... Kamla no! no! call the election, you got to go,” he sang to the delight of supporters, who waved their flags and buntins. Rawlins said he was sure that everyone would agree with him. So loved was his lyrics, that PNM’s St Joseph by-election candidate Terrence Deyalsingh had to call on Rawlins for an encore. Rawlins said the Government from day one was filled with lies. “Nepostism and corruption blatantly. They just fixing themself, Reshmi, Gopauls and their family,” he sang.
Even Rawlins’ colleague Michael Osuna aka Sugar Aloes was accused of “jumping ship,” as he referred to Osuna’s performances on the UNC stage for the January 2013 THA elections. Aloes was known for singing on the PNM platform.