Second vice president of the NTUCB Audrey Matura Shepherd continues to face internal battles with colleagues in the Congress over her public call for the unions to drop Senator Ray Davis. The latest to step up is former NTUCB President and career public officer Dylan Reneau, who emailed Audrey minutes before a General Council meeting of the NTUCB. She says she has no need to respond in kind but warns that her opponents have some explaining to do.
“You, it’s a pity that we’d reach this point where it’s gotten personal. Yes Mr. Dylan Reneau sent and e-mail and I think that e-mail was strategically sent just when the meeting was starting with the GC of the NTUCB. It was sent, I did not read it before the meeting, but it was read the meeting. It was addressed to me, clearly it was addressed so it could be leaked to the media, so that the distraction about what the petrocaribe bill is about can continue. I won’t do what they’ve done. I have e-mails that would implicate him but I hope that people focus in that e-mail and realize that he said that he was the one who told Senator Davis to vote yes on the loan motion that dealt with the Christmas cheer, which went against but interestingly, they never put the email that I held them to task before and why that conversation started. Whatever I have said I’ve said it publicly. I’ve said it in my own personal capacity. I’ve not said it so that N.T.U.C.B. is tarnished. I’m entitled to my own personal view. Clearly they want to circle the wagons around me but they picked the wrong person because they have skeletons in their closet and I don’t have any.
The defiant CWU leader and attorney clarified that she was speaking for herself, not for the NTUCB, on the matter. Nonetheless, she is not willing to be drawn into a back and forth. She asked to keep it on the main issue of the Petrocaribe Act itself.
Audrey Matura-Shepherd – CWU President
But I chose not to make this a public battle and continue it as a public battle because that’s what they want. They want to distract me as the messenger that is dealing with the fact that we have a Petrocaribe Loan Act. Clearly my brother who is in the P.S.U., Mr. Dylan, who went silent on the N.T.U.C.B. when we needed him most…and I have texts to prove when I asked him outright if he had sold out. I don’t have to be the one to release all of that like they do. But clearly he went silent and now he is vocal about legislation – maybe what he’s saying is his personal view because he’s still a member of the General Council of the N.T.U.C.B. and I’m sure he’s not speaking as the N.T.U.C.B. nor am I when I speak. I’ve said what’s my personal position. The N.T.U.C.B. has given their press release on their position. But he breaks his silence to support legislation that seeks to put ministers of government and public officers above the law because what you’re saying that,because I have the power under the law to go to parliament and undo this law, I am above the law because unlike the people who can be caught criminally under Section 24 of the Finance and Audit act, I will not be caught. So you have to look and measure who is talking.”