Marlene’s constituents: No one above the law

Con­stituents of Port of Spain South said if the al­le­ga­tions are true about their MP Mar­lene Mc­Don­ald and should she be found guilty she has in fact “be­trayed the re­pub­lic and this is a shame.”

Some have called for her im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion whilst oth­ers said she has no rea­son too.

Speak­ing un­der strict anonymi­ty, a man who pre­ferred to be re­ferred to as a “con­cerned cit­i­zen” de­scribed the en­tire sit­u­a­tion as un­for­tu­nate, “but the right thing must be done. Re­move the Min­is­ter let jus­tice pre­vail. No one is above the law. If found guilty, she had be­trayed the re­pub­lic and this is a shame.”

“She should have re­signed from day one, ” he added.

In St James, a res­i­dent, who wished not to be named said he had no com­ment on the is­sue. Asked if she should re­sign as MP, he replied: “I have no in­put in that…any­body could stay me ain’t have no prob­lem with that…who they put or who they ain’t put I have no prob­lem.”

A res­i­dent from Wood­brook who said he was “ob­serv­ing the de­vel­op­ments” ex­plained why she should not re­sign as MP, “Our rule of law states that a per­son is on­ly guilty if found guilty be­fore the Court. She is in­no­cent and if she re­signs she may look as though she is guilty for some­thing. The peo­ple put her there so let her stay there un­til found guilty if so… The po­lice could say what­ev­er they want too.”

A spokesper­son for most of Sea Lots who did not want to be named ex­pressed sad­ness for Mc­Don­ald and re­it­er­at­ed that she was the on­ly one help­ing them in the com­mu­ni­ty. He, how­ev­er, said he be­lieves that she should re­main as MP de­spite the fact that she was fired as a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter – Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Al­le­ga­tions is just al­le­ga­tions and a per­son is al­ways in­no­cent un­til proven guilty by the Court… Re­mem­ber that!” The Sea Lot res­i­dent said.

Mc­Don­ald was fired from Cab­i­net a third time af­ter she was charged with sev­er­al of­fences re­lat­ing to her part­ner’s Cal­abar Foun­da­tion.


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