by Nicole Drayton (Trinidad Guardian) Three days after President Christine Kangaloo called for unity amongst parliamentarians to deal with crime, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has signalled that he will make the first move to initiate such discussions with the Opposition.
During a post-Cabinet media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, yesterday, Rowley said he plans to write to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to invite her to sessions to present her plans to tackle the country’s high crime rate.
In her maiden speech to both houses during the Ceremonial Opening of the Fourth sitting of the 12th Session of the Parliament on Monday, Kangaloo urged the parliamentarians to put aside partisan politics to resolve the crime woes afflicting the country.
“The urgency is obvious. The pain and the suffering are unbearable. These alone should drive parliamentarians to put aside their party rivalries, join hands across the aisle, and collaborate on how to stem crime and criminal conduct,” Kangaloo said.
Following Kangaloo’s speech, Persad-Bissessar had said the United National Congress was ready and willing to cooperate with the Government.