PNM condemns Duke's double murder remarks

The Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment (PNM) To­ba­go Coun­cil is call­ing on po­lit­i­cal leader of the Pro­gres­sive De­mo­c­ra­t­ic Pa­tri­ots(PDP) and Mi­nor­i­ty Leader of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Wat­son Duke to apol­o­gise for state­ments he made fol­low­ing the dou­ble mur­der on the is­land on Thurs­day.

"To­ba­go Coun­cil of the Peo­ple's Na­tion­al Move­ment de­nounces the ac­tions tak­en, and words used by Mi­nor­i­ty Leader Mr Wat­son Duke in his dis­taste­ful and friv­o­lous at­tempt to vi­cious­ly politi­cise the mur­ders of Mr (John) Mills and Ms (Eu­yln) John," the Coun­cil said in a state­ment.

Im­me­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the mur­ders, Duke post­ed a video state­ment call­ing on Chief Sec­re­tary Kelvin Charles to re­sign as he is re­spon­si­ble for the mur­ders.

" . . . Kelvin Charles must re­sign . . . he has caused trou­ble and dark­ness to fall up­on To­bag­o­ni­ans," Duke said.

In a state­ment ex­press­ing con­do­lences to the fam­i­ly and friends of the victins, the Coun­cil de­mand­ed that­Duke "prompt­ly apol­o­gise to the fam­i­ly of Mr Mills and Ms John, as well as all of To­ba­go.

"A fam­i­ly's grief must nev­er be used as a ve­hi­cle up­on which po­lit­i­cal mileage may be ob­tained. The is­land's sor­row must nev­er be scan­dalised to suit the agen­da of an in­sen­si­tive zealot."

Touch­ing on the is­sue of safe­ty, the Coun­cil urged To­bag­o­ni­ans "to work col­lec­tive­ly" to make the is­land safer and urged them to "stand up, step for­ward, and speak out" if they had in­for­ma­tion on the killings.

"We call on each To­bag­on­ian, along with all the for­mal arms of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty, to col­lab­o­rate in en­sur­ing that the sor­row we now feel nev­er re­peats it­self," the Coun­cil said.

 

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