Basdeo Panday , former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Former Prime Minister, Basdeo Panday, has called for the segregation of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the country.

Speaking on Aakash Vani 106.5 FM’s Morning Panchayat show, Mr Panday said while it is people’s choice not to take the vaccine, they should not be allowed to put him at risk of contracting COVID-19.

This comes as COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country have skyrocketed, and calls for mandatory vaccinations increase.

Asked what he would have done had he been the prime minister during this pandemic, Basdeo Panday said:

“I do not really know what the facts are but I would certainly try to have the entire country vaccinated.  One, two and three shots whatever is needed.”

However, the former PM observed in order to do that the law must be enforced.

“We have lots of regulations in the country today, but the law is not enforced. You go around and you see the law being broken all over the place. So, if people know that they are going to have to obey the law, you’re going to have a different scenario. That’s the first thing,” he said.

“Also, they have not instituted—although the [country’s infections] are high—what is called the separation of those who are vaccinated from those who are not,” Mr Panday pointed out.

“People say they are free not to be vaccinated.  That may be true but they are not free to cause me to get it and die. So, I will separate the vaccinated from those who are not, and [have] laws to do that and enforce the law,” he asserted.

Addressing the crime situation, Mr Panday said as prime minister, he provided the resources to the law enforcement agencies while he properly managed the resources and made sure people did what they were supposed to.

“I do not know if that is being done and I do not know what are the measures that have been taken in order to ensure first of all resources and second management,” he added. 

Panday also said the current state of politics is one of chaos.

“It consists of nothing more than a naked struggle for power because once they have power, they have control over the state resources and can do what they want to do,” he said.

The former prime minister said this problem occurs because of the constitutional arrangement. and the only way out of it is constitutional reform.