(Trinidad Guardian) If Devant Maharaj’s claim that he is getting privileged information from someone inside Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s Cabinet is correct, then Rowley needs to ensure that any discontent is addressed to avoid being put in a similar predicament to what transpired in the Guyana Parliament on Friday night.
This was the statement made by political analyst Dr Winford James yesterday.
His comment came after Guyana government backbencher Charrandas Persaud voted in favour of a motion of no confidence, giving the Opposition a win against the Government and paving the way for fresh election in three months.
James said Persaud had “disturbed the apple cart.”
However, he said this should act as a warning to Rowley.
“He (Devant Maharaj) has claimed more than once that people within Rowley’s administration have given him sensitive information which he then has been using politically for his own purpose,” James said.
James said this was seen in the release of cellphone numbers for ministers by Maharaj.
“That speaks to a certain level of discontent if he is correct and the question is where that discontent can lead if the right motivations are there,” he said.
“If he (Maharaj) is correct then that means there is some discontent. Can that discontent spill over into a shift of support from the Government to the Opposition in the events of a vote of no confidence?” James questioned.
“They can do it even as we speak even without a vote of no confidence, simply a deep disaffection reaching bursting point and eventually people taking action, I don’t know, I’m just saying it is possible.”
James said the narrow margin of victory between the Government and Opposition in Guyana paved the way for the situation that happened on Friday to occur.
Currently, the make-up of the Lower House stands at 29 seats for the People’s National Movement (PNM) and 12 for the Opposition.