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Rowley: UNC has an army in social media

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Government is placing orders with Australia for new fast ferries for the Tobago seabridge plus a 58- metre vessel for the Coast Guard to use on the East Coast sinc the Coast Guard currently doesn’t have an appropriate vessel to protect T&T’s east flank.

Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced that on Thursday night, addressing a PNM Belmont East campaign meeting in support of by-election candidate Kimberly Small.

Rowley said criminal elements are still a major threat to T&T and there are also “all kinds of problems”with response to this criminal element.

He said during the recent Commonwealth leaders’conference in London he sought help from the Australian Prime Minister on strengthening the Coast Guard (CG) to protect sea borders since the CG currently lacks a vessel than can staff the East Coast and T&T isn’t protecting its east flank.

He said the Australian PM agreed to assist with this and also possibility of new ferries for the Tobago route to assist Tobago’s role in the diversification thrust. Rowley said Government got a presentation from the Australians recently and will place orders for new Tobago ferries and the CG vessel.

The CG vessel will have a 30-day endurance for East Coast assignments and can spend that length of time patrolling that area night and day “surprising anyone coming in, (but ) at the moment we have no such vessel.”

Rowley said the Opposition UNC was under pressure for Monday’s Belmont and Barataria by- elections since “If you lose eight times, you can’t lose a ninth.” Accusing the UNC of race talk, he said they were playing to the Muslim vote in Polling Division 1405 of Barataria which has many Muslims. Claiming the UNC spread word that Government’s Anti- Terrorism Bill was anti-Mulsim, he added: “They’re prepared to risk T&T’s social and ethnic stability.”

Rowley said while the PNM hadn’t paid anyone to walk in campaigns, he claimed the UNC was paying $400 a person for this.

Naming those in UNC who have cases in court , he said it was alleged a public officer who required a bribe had valued a piece of land $120 million more than it was worth and “some of that money has leaked back into Belmont (campaigning) asking for votes.”

He also quoted from a PNM booklet on “Why Never Again Kamla,” on alleged PP misdeeds. He added the entire campaign for the UNC was about shouting his name “‘Rowley doesn’t care! Rowley doesn’t care’!”

Rowley said he was going to Tobago - from yesterday morning - for a couple days and the UNC would complain about that too.

He said the UNC has an “army in social media “ and when Government didn’t do anything wrong, “they fabricate it and argue with it,”

Rowley particularly slammed UNC’s Belmont campaigning which he claimed was being done on the basis of who’s lost food cards,”They see you as hungry belly!”

He continued at length on UNC-bashing, PNM’s staple tool in by-election campaigning. Up to yesterday in heavy rain, PNM’s teams were walking especially in the Barataria where the PNMites said yesterday they want to “beat the UNC bad , bad on Monday.”

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