Chief Secretary of Tobago Orville London is calling for answers from the government as to why the country was put under severe stress for the past three months. London's comments came as the State of Emergency came to an end on Monday.
The Chief Secretary said the country has now fallen to great depths in the continued mistakes and missteps by the present People's Partnership Government and after three months, he is yet to have any proper reason from the government about why the State of Emergency was instituted in the first place. He expressed the view that the SoE was just a crime suppression and suspension strategy. "I am asking myself, is a SOE meant to be a period during which the police does more efficiently, those things that it was supposed to do, and that I do not think based on the law," London said
Tobago's top politician noted that the SOE and the alleged assassination plot have hurt the once thriving tourism industry in Tobago, damaging the brand. He expressed concern about the repercussions and how long it will take to rebuild Tobago's brand.
With no charges laid against the 17 alleged plotters who have been released from police custody, London said once again the government continues to err without caution. "The facts here speak for themselves, and I think Trinidad and Tobago is judging the Prime Minister, judging the government, and has already started to come to conclusions."
London said this clearly shows the Tobago Organisation of the People TOP's decision to join the People's Partnership, was not in the best interest of the people of Tobago. "It is ironical that the TOP is sitting helplessly, while Tobagonians are being decimated in Trinidad, and the country as a whole is facing so much discrimination and so much unfair treatment and they sit there silently and helplessly."