“Fixin’ T&T has taken note of reports that retired Justice Rolston Nelson may be the Dr Keith Rowley-led Government’s nominee to become the next president of our Republic.
“Fixin’ T&T is deeply troubled by the apparent difficulty judges seem to have with being called upon to account for their actions.”
The following is a press statement by Fixin’ T&T:
Recent ‘presidential’ speculation adds to the urgency of Fixin’ T&T’s insistence that the Rolston Nelson Report (redacted) on the sexual harassment allegations levelled against Angostura Chairman Dr Rolph Balgobin be made public. It can–and most likely will–tell us a lot about who the retired judge is and what he stands for.
Fixin’ T&T has taken note of reports that retired Justice Rolston Nelson may be the Dr Keith Rowley-led Government’s nominee to become the next president of our Republic. Fixin’ T&T is deeply troubled by the apparent difficulty Judges seem to have with being called upon to account for their actions.
- Chief Justice Archie has ignored demands for accountability from the get-go with the Marcia Ayers-Caesar debacle and continues his prolonged silence on the recent matters.
- Retired Justice Nelson reacted by reportedly stating, “I am no fool” and “God help us” when his report on the Angostura matter was questioned.
- President Anthony Carmona, when challenged, has referred to perspectives different from his as “rumshop logic” and “donkey cart interpretations.” He has refused to adequately address, among other things:
- –taking a $28K per month housing allowance while enjoying the benefit of state accommodation at taxpayers’ expense;
- –allegedly employing his mother-in-law at President’s House at significant taxpayers expense.
Had the matter involving then Justice Carmona and a former magistrate who, incidentally, is now a judge, been thoroughly investigated and publicly ventilated, the country may have been spared the aforementioned and much more. Due diligence matters, is critical and must be effectively undertaken. This must be a collaborative effort.
As asked by Reggie Dumas, “Would it therefore be feasible, instead of yet another adversarial scenario, to have the three components of the electoral college—government, opposition, and independents—consult as many members of the public as possible in the short time remaining, then sit together in advance of the election and agree on a single person?”
History must not be allowed to blindly repeat itself.