Kamla denies allegations of substance abuse

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday December 6, 2012 –Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has dismissed allegations that she is in a battle with substance abuse.

“I have no such problem and I have nothing further to say with respect to that…it would be most interesting if with every allegation that is made I need to defend myself personally. I serve my country well, I have nothing to be afraid of, I have nothing to be ashamed of and absolutely no substance abuse whatsoever” the Prime Minister told reporters in response to allegations from a former Government Minister.

Persad-Bissessar made the comment following the opening ceremony of the Third high-level dialogue of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) in Port of Spain.

Last week, former Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development Verna St Rose Greaves alleged that the Prime Minister “has an issue which must be addressed frontally”. St Rose Greaves  also questioned the Prime Minister’s ability to function and also alleged that ministers had files against her.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister  steered clear of any questions surrounding the hunger strike of environmentalist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh to protest the proposed construction of the Debe to Mon Desir segment of the Solomon Hochoy Highway extension . “I have already spoken on that matter and I have no further comment on it.” Persad-Bissessar said. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)