“[…] Having failed on more than one occasion to besmirch the good name of the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has let loose Senator Anil Roberts to attack the good name and reputation of the Honourable Prime Minister’s wife.
“[…] Whilst politicians expect to be attacked by their opponents on the issues of policy, personality, and delivery… the UNC’s current attempt to drag the name and reputation of the Prime Minister’s wife into the grime and muck-filled trenches of the UNC’s bosom, this is a new low…”
The following press statement from the PNM National Women’s League, chaired by Camille Robinson-Regis MP, was submitted in response to jibes by UNC Senator Anil Roberts regarding the personal relationship of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his wife, Sharon Clark-Rowley:
Mrs Sharon Clark-Rowley is the wife of the Honourable Prime Minister Dr Keith Christopher Rowley. She is a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and daughter. Mrs Clark-Rowley’s accolades do not end there, she is patron of many charitable Non-Governmental Organisations which assist women and children.
Our Prime Minister’s wife is a practicing attorney-at-law of thirty-seven years standing and is not involved in active politics. She has never mounted a political stage nor made any representations in the Parliament. Since her husband’s assumption of office in September 2015, Mrs Clark-Rowley continues to be an advocate for the well-being of women and girls in Trinidad and Tobago—despite being constantly attacked by her husband’s political opponents.
At present, Mrs Clark-Rowley avidly supports the work of the Down’s Syndrome Family Network, the WAND Foundation (Women in Action for the Needy and Destitute), the Epoch Foundation—a non-governmental organisation which is aimed at empowering young people to holistically overcome their challenges—and several other non-governmental entities which are dedicated to changing the social landscape of T&T through youth-oriented initiatives.
She is also patron of the Caribbean Association of Oncology and Haematology. All worthy causes supported by a woman of dignity and compassion.
It is against this backdrop that the Women’s League of the People’s National Movement stands in solidarity with Mrs Clark-Rowley and strongly denounce Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s (the first female Prime Minister) support of the vile and absolutely disgusting discussions led by the United National Congress and, in particular, her senatorial pick Anil Roberts’ repulsive, vile and despicable attacks against the wife of the Honourable Prime Minister in the public domain.
Having failed on more than one occasion to besmirch the good name of the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader Persad-Bissessar has let loose Roberts to attack the good name and reputation of the Honourable Prime Minister’s wife.
Under the leadership of Persad-Bissessar, the UNC has discarded every vestige of morality and decency. Persad-Bissessar must remind her Senate pick that there is a level of decency which must be upheld and thresholds from which we should refrain when persons place themselves for public service.
Whilst politicians expect to be attacked by their opponents on the issues of policy, personality, and delivery—of which the PNM stands ever ready to defend its record in this regard—the UNC’s current attempt to drag the name and reputation of the Prime Minister’s wife into the grime and muck-filled trenches of the UNC’s bosom, this is a new low.
UNC Senator Roberts’ colossal use of sewage-filled attacks against Mrs Clark-Rowley must be strongly deprecated by all citizens.
Additionally, this is not the first time that UNC Senator Roberts has taken aim at women on his social media platforms. He continues to debase, slander, mock, demean and disrespect us—all whilst his leader Persad-Bissessar sits on the side lines applauding. These types of repulsive, abhorrent, vile, antagonistic attacks displayed by Roberts and the UNC must stop.
Women are to be respected, cherished, protected, and not attacked—verbally, physically or emotionally—because of whom they have married. The very nature of UNC Senator Roberts’s continued misconduct and Persad-Bissessar’s approval of such is inimical to the national good. Politics cannot be left to become so base.
If the leaders in our society stoop to these abhorrent levels, we cannot expect those whom we lead to aspire to anything greater.
The Women’s League abhors and condemns this debasing and disrespect of Mrs Clarke-Rowley, and we are always ready to defend the women Trinidad and Tobago.