‘I come for the wuk’


Former Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira, right, speaks to the media after submitting her candidacy for the leadership of the People’s National Movement (PNM) at the PNM’s central office in Enterprise, Chaguanas on October 10. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

CHALLENGER for the leadership of the Popular National Movement (PNM) Karen Nunez-Tesheira launched her campaign in Pointe Fortin on Monday evening.

Nunez-Tesheira danced to the podium at the Sports Club, Clifton Hill, to the infectious sound of Kes’ Boss Lady, as she made it clear she was ‘coming for the wuk’, and I Will Always Be There by Melanie Hudson. for you.

Her choice of Point Fortin to make her debut in the PNM internal elections, she explained, was nostalgic, as it was there that she spent her formative years while her father worked for an oil company.

“It’s almost like coming home,” she told the small audience she sought endorsement for her candidacy, and her running mate, Ken Butcher, who is running for president.

“Today we are here on party business.

“We do not dispute or question in any way the national leadership of the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley. We seek your endorsement here with a clear objective, to strengthen and repair the structural cracks and weaknesses in the very foundation of the party. “

Nunez-Tesheira said she wants to grow the party by attracting new members and translating the aims and objectives of the party constitution into the national governance structure and ultimately winning national elections.

“This cannot be achieved without a strong, resilient and impregnable base, and therein lies one of the most critical roles of the political leader.”

She said she and Butcher are committed to the party’s existence and that its goals, structures and rules center on achieving governance of the nation.

“The irony is that the very foundations of the Balisier house have been demolished, annihilated,” she said.

The Balisier House of the PNM, headquarters of Port of Spain, a colonial-era building, is being replaced by a modern building.

“What we do know is that there is a disconnect, an alienation, anger, hurt by insensitive statements.”

She referred to government ministers’ post-budget suggestions to people feeling the brunt of escalating fuel prices that they should use a coal pot or cycle and, in response to price inflation food, do not eat macaroni pie or ham.

She chastised broken promises, waste of money, crime and lack of trust in government.

“What is most evident is that we have a government whose policies and implementation, or lack thereof, favor only a small group, while the vast majority – assigned to a life of poverty, of underemployment, of low-value jobs – is deprived of real jobs, meaningful opportunities to become entrepreneurs of small, medium and micro-enterprises and kings of the single chow.

Its promise, if successful when members vote, is “to build a strong new foundation on a house that allows all to flourish and share equitably in the income generated by our energy resources.”

She reiterated her concerns about the party’s electoral process, suggesting that it needs to be strengthened and amended with regard to the number of days to vote, the security and guarding of ballot boxes and the counting of ballots. Voting will take place over three days, over a nine-day period.

Nunez-Tesheira has written to the chairman of the election monitoring committee, Anthony Roberts, to question this new process.

She also called for better communication on deadlines for registering to vote and selecting new registrants with transparency and accountability.

During the Q&A, a man who identified himself as Junior Taylor of Warden Road described a number of ills affecting the borough, saying all people only get promises.

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