Mickela Panday daughter of former Trinidad PM launches political party

(CNS) – Trinidad and Tobago’s newest political party – the Patriotic Front – was launched on Saturday by Mickela Panday, the daughter of former prime minister Basdeo Panday.

Speaking at the launch held in the town of Chaguanas, Panday pledged to revolutionize governance by putting young people at the helm.

According to Panday – who will lead the party – the Patriotic Front will form the next government. 

She also promised that young peo­ple would in­flu­ence po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing in a Pa­tri­ot­ic Front gov­ern­ment and urged them to get in­volved.

“We do not be­lieve that our youths are the prob­lem as some peo­ple ad­vo­cate. In fact, the Pa­tri­ot­ic Front be­lieves our youths are the an­swer to the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of our na­tion.

For too long, we have alien­at­ed our youths by deny­ing them a mean­ing­ful role in our decision-mak­ing process and our de­vel­op­ment. In­stead of us­ing our youths to stick up posters and en­gage in pro­pa­gan­da ac­tiv­i­ties as some po­lit­i­cal par­ties do, we must en­gage our youths in mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion in the po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing process­es of the coun­try,” Pan­day said.

Concerning law­less­ness, she attributed this to a “colo­nial men­tal­i­ty” and said that  once elect­ed, her party will em­bark on a mas­sive re-ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme from the low­est to the high­est lev­els, adding that State-owned me­dia would be re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing pro­grammes to help achieve this ob­jec­tive.

“If we are to de­vel­op our most valu­able re­source, our hu­man re­source, we have to re­form the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. The Pa­tri­ot­ic Front be­lieves that our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem is still colo­nial in its na­ture and geared to­wards pro­duc­ing per­son­nel and work­ers for the met­ro­pol­i­tan coun­tries.

Our sys­tem should pro­duce a core of high­ly skilled in­ven­tor and in­no­va­tors with rel­e­vance to our needs as a na­tion. It is ur­gent, there­fore, that we re-ori­ent our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and syl­labus­es in all our learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions to pro­duce in­vestors and in­no­va­tors, and cre­ative minds, in­stead of mere­ly be­ing copiers of oth­ers.”

Panday told reporters that she was given a mandate to form a new party when she met with family and supporters on Many 20, 201.

She also an­nounced  that the party  – that is open to anyone, has already  been reg­is­tered with the Elec­tions and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion although a decision had not yet been made about contesting all constituencies in the next general election. 

The party was launched on the 86th birthday of her father, who was also present, having just returned from seeking medical treatment overseas.

In commenting on the formation of this new political party, the senior Panday says it seeks to de­vel­op a na­tion and get­ting in­to of­fice was on­ly one step, adding   that  this was go­ing to be done by in­volv­ing young peo­ple who want change.

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