October 12, 2014
I have been informed that Dr Wayne Kublalsingh was admitted to St Clair Medical Centre for observation and medical checks.
I remain deeply concerned as I always have for Wayne’s health and I continue to pray for him. I have sent a message to the family as to whether I would be allowed to visit him on a personal level and respectfully await their answer.
I learnt with deep disappointment and sadness also, that the religious and spiritual leaders of the Inter Religious Organisation who met with me could not have persuaded him to abort his hunger strike.
I am personally grieved by the situation. If there were some way I could end this without compromising the better interests of the nation, I would and God knows we have tried.
It is far easier for someone who isn’t in the position of making decisions that are detrimental to the country to say “stop the section of the highway.” But when faced with the consequences of cost and delay to the highway’s completion to the country, it isn’t that easy and even necessary as advised by our technical experts whose views and reports do not concur with those of the Highway Re-Route Movement.
I have met with Wayne on more than one occasion and the government has also held several discussions with him and the Highway Re=Route Movement. There are those who said if I met with him yet again he would call off his hunger strike. This is not so.
Wayne has consistently said that any action he takes will only cease when he gets his way, that is, work on a section of the Highway be immediately halted. As much as I care for Wayne, I cannot allow the nation to be so held to ransom.
I cannot hold Wayne’s concerns and my own for his health above that of the country I swore to serve. So, if allowed, I will visit him at St Clair. In between now and then I ask God who ultimately guides us all, to bring wisdom and understanding for the greater good of all.
I make no decision and offer no personal judgment without prayerful submission and I do so yet again.
*PS: I was able to visit Wayne at St Clair Medical Centre around seven o’clock this evening. I spent more than half an hour with him during which time I prayed with him.*