October 15, 2021

Kamla Files Parliamentary Motion Against President Paula-Mae Weekes

By Newsroom

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar announced today that she has filed a motion in the Parliament for a tribunal to be set up to investigate President Paula-Mae Weekes.

It is the latest development in the Opposition’s call for the President to be removed from office, over what they allege is Her Excellency’s failure to act impartially and independently in matters relating to the Police Service Commission.

“I want to say that we are a nation of laws-and no one in our Republic is above the law-be it Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, or Her Excellency the President. We all must uphold the law and dignity of our respective offices -and we are all accountable for our actions to the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” Persad-Bissessar said.

“Due to those in the highest public offices showing utter disdain and disregard for the laws of our nation, we are now in a dangerous predicament where crime, murders and lawlessness continues to increase, and at this point we have no official leadership at the main agency responsible for the protection of citizens,” she added.

The Opposition Leader continued: “The motion is grounded in several facts as set out in the Constitution. The motion states that the President should be removed from office since she behaved in such a way as to bring her office into hatred, ridicule, or contempt by interfering and/or facilitating interference with the PSC and by proceeding in the circumstances to appoint new members of the PSC, and willfully violated the provisions of the Constitution securing the independence of the PSC in the performance of its functions and wilfully violated section 123 of the Constitution.”