“I was horrified to learn that the People’s National Movement (PNM) is trying to foist on us Rolston Nelson while the United National Congress (UNC) is proposing Gladys Gafoor.
“My mind instantly went numb.”
The following Letter to the Editor, which deals with the issue of the imminent election of the country’s next president, was submitted to Wired868 by Mohan Ramcharan of Birmingham, England.
This morning I woke up to articles in the newspapers about the potential next president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. I was horrified to learn that the People’s National Movement (PNM) is trying to foist on us Rolston Nelson while the United National Congress (UNC) is proposing Gladys Gafoor.
My mind instantly went numb.
I began to wonder if Nelson was covertly being rewarded for his role in exonerating Rolph Balgobin, the PNM’s seemingly untouchable ‘Golden Boy.’ If so, that makes the possible appointment of Nelson unsustainable.
If not, the very idea that this thought occurs to me—and almost certainly to other citizens—is itself a sign that Nelson is the wrong candidate, tainted before he can even be appointed. His presidency will always be marred by the cloud of suspicion which hangs over his head.
As for Mrs Gafoor, after reportedly cashing the cheques of a dead man for six years, she is hardly a beacon of light in the morass of Trinbagonian corruption. What she did was not found to be criminal in T&T but then there was at least the Judiciary’s reputation that had to be protected, even if there was no obligation to protect Mrs Gafoor’s.
If these two persons are the best that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer, it is no wonder that we are the laughing stock of the world. Third World status remains firmly entrenched as long as Third World thinking prevails. But I guess that the people will accept it as long as we remain the fifth happiest place on Earth.