National Transformation Alliance of Trinidad and Tobago
1st January, 2024
*Double Loss for Trinidad and Tobago: Honouring the Legacies of Hochoy Charles and Basdeo Panday.*
*Even in death, Keith Rowley cannot show respect for his political opponents.*
In the span of just two days, Trinidad and Tobago has bid farewell to two towering figures whose contributions have left an indelible mark on our twin-island nation. Yesterday, the nation mourned the loss of Hochoy Charles, Tobago’s first Chief Secretary, a true son of Tobago, who stood as a trailblazer and a symbol of resilience. And today, the news of the passing of Former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday means the loss of a Former Prime Minister and seasoned statesman whose career spanned decades.
Panday was a champion of social justice who played a pivotal role in shaping the political landscape of Trinidad and Tobago, and as the country’s first Indo-Trinidadian Prime Minister, he broke barriers and worked tirelessly to foster unity among the diverse communities that make up the nation. This is why I must share my profound disappointment in our present Prime Minister’s utter disrespect and shameless behaviour in referring to Mr. Panday in a press statement as an actor, lawyer, labor leader, politician, with no mention of Mr. Panday as a Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Thankfully, unlike Keith Rowley, most of the country understands that regardless of political affiliation, both Charles and Panday left an indelible mark on the rich tapestry of Trinidad and Tobago’s history, and that their commitment to public service, dedication to their communities, and the pursuit of a better future for all citizens, left an enduring impact.
So as the country grieves, may their souls rest in peace, and may their contributions continue to guide and inspire the nation they loved so dearly.
NTA Political Leader
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