Scarborough, Tobago.

The United National Congress (UNC) has condemned recent statements made on the political platform by PNM Tobago Council leader, Tracy Davidson-Celestine, concerning the UNC’s dealings with Tobago, dismissing her claims as ‘racist rhetoric’.

In a news release issued today by the party’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Kirk Meighoo, the UNC argues that it has done more for the people of Tobago than the PNM has.

According to the statement, the PNM Tobago leader is employing distraction tactics so the people of Tobago do not realise the extent to which the PNM has failed them.

The full text of the UNC release follows… 

TOBAGO PNM MUST STOP ITS RACISM AND CORRUPTION:
UNC HAS DONE MORE FOR TOBAGO THAN THE PNM

The UNC condemns Tracy Davidson-Celestine’s bringing our party on her campaign platform to try to sully our name.

Davidson-Celestine needs to explain the open and naked corruption in Tobago under her watch and address the fact that the PNM-controlled THA has received billions in funding and provided no accountability for squandering it. This includes spending $2.5 million for a rope masquerading as a tourism project, and her personal expenditure.

Using the PNM’s repeated tactics, Davidson-Celestine attempted to divert attention away by using racist and inaccurate insinuations.

Let us clarify:

The Trinidad-based PNM has destroyed Tobago’s economy, culture and even identity. They are the real sell-out of Tobago.

The UNC has a far prouder record for Tobago than the PNM does.

The PNM has always fought against the autonomy of Tobago.

The UNC, on the other hand, has always supported Tobago’s autonomy. It was the UNC that enabled ANR Robinson’s entrenchment of the THA Act in the Constitution.

It was also the UNC that GUARANTEED Tobago’s annual budgetary allocation through the Dispute Resolution Committee, which was part of the self-same THA Act. This, more than anything else, has enhanced and guaranteed the autonomy of Tobago in our twin-island Republic, and it is thanks to the UNC.

It is over these very funds guaranteed by the UNC that the PNM are being accused of corruption.

To distract, the PNM is exporting its racist politics as it did with the racist “Calcutta Ship” statement.

The UNC rejects Davidson-Celestine’s racism and unreservedly and proudly stands by its record of respect and enhancement of Tobago’s autonomy.