(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he will not be rushed to decide on the Law Association’s report on Chief Justice Ivor Archie.
This was made clear by Rowley to media yesterday when asked if he had a response to the report sent by LATT last Thursday.
“I have no comment to make on that issue. When I have a comment to make I’ll let you know. As soon as I have something to say on the issue, I would let you know,” Rowley said.
His response came during his annual Christmas children’s celebration held at the South Diego Martin Recreation Grounds at Four Roads, Diego Martin.
The report, which relates to allegations of misconduct against Archie, is now before Rowley for him to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to trigger Section 137 of the Constitution — impeachment proceedings to remove Archie from office.
On December 10, 150 LATT members voted to send the report to the PM while 32 voted against.
Though he avoided the CJ issue, Rowley shared his personal Christmas and New Year wishes for T&T.
When asked of his Christmas wish, he responded, “That we improve our safety and security and the security services bring a sense of comfort. We look forward to achieving an economy that can satisfy the needs of our people and we’re looking forward to those improvements in 2019.”
Regarding the New Year, he added, “There are a number of issues on the economic front that we’re working on.”
He said murder toll, which has crossed 500 for the year, was an intractable problem, which his Government was very disappointed about, because of the “willingness with which elements of the society seem to see killing as the source and solution to their problem.”
“As you would have seen the security services have been very active and have had much more success than in recent times, yet the availability of firearms to commit violent crimes, still remains a problem,” Rowley said.
He said one has to wonder what the situation would have been if “we hadn’t had the successes, which we have had.”
“Murders are largely because of the availability to some people of firearms, who seem to think that they could commit these offences and not be detected,” Rowley said.
He continued, “We are working on improving our detection and in bringing people to justice. But more importantly, we have too many people in this country who believe that violence is an acceptable way of life. Even when they don’t use firearms, it is other aspects of taking life.”
Rowley said T&T was just a violent society and the conversation from the homes to the schools, to the churches, to the streets, must focus on taking down the view, that violence is an acceptable way of life.