Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is alleging that the People’s National Movement (PNM) is engaging in “propaganda” and playing “nasty” politics with people’s lives.

Persad-Bissessar’s condemnation of the Government comes after she was taken to task by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley for releasing information on the country’s first COVID-19 death before it was officially acknowledged and counted.

In a media release Thursday, Persad-Bissessar said, “They continue to spew a daily diatribe of malicious propaganda, dehumanisation and demonisation of the media, the Opposition and our very citizens who happened to unfortunately be caught abroad when the worst of the crisis hit.”

She said under a false premise of trying to protect the population, the PNM was pitting citizens against each other in a time when the country should be united. However, she said she will not be silenced.

“The PNM threats, bullying and intimidation tactics can never silence me, or the Opposition UNC, from doing our duty to the citizens of this country,” she said, adding she was concerned about how Government was handling the release of information to the public.

“I do not need the PNM’s permission to speak out on any matter, especially one of such serious national concern which threatens to destroy our country’s economy, health and the very lives of our citizens.

“Until the PNM Government acts in the interest of all citizens in a manner that can protect their lives during this ongoing and deadly coronavirus crisis, the UNC and I, as its leader, will not be silenced.

“We will continue to lobby on behalf of the people of this country for truthful, accurate statistics and information to be forthcoming from the PNM Government.”

She accused the Government of suppressing information, calls and questions about the virus and its impact on the population.

She said National Security Minister Stuart Young had “failed at every single task in the crucial area he oversees”and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh was “a complete and utter failure.”