The move made by Devant Maharaj to post the personal phone number of the Prime Minister is being condemned in the strongest manner by the Government.

In an immediate response, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi chided the former Minister for his behavior, claiming he is a mischief-maker.

AG Al-Rawi also dispelled rumours of any disconnect between the Government and the public.

He says the agenda of the opposition is clear.

Minister of National Security Stuart Young meanwhile described Mr Maharaj’s actions as wrong and suggested that it could cause harm to the Prime Minister.

However, speaking with News Power Now, Public Relations Officer for the United National Congress Anita Haynes said she understands why the Government would have responded in the manner which they did.

 

The incident has raised the debate about the accessibility of public officials to members of the public.

Former Government Minister under the People’s Partnership, Steven Cadiz has joined the public discussion.

In a Facebook Post he said “As an MP your constituents need to be able to contact you. Some people may abuse the situation but if you are in public office then you must be available to the public.

He argued that “If one does not want to be accessible to the public then do not ask for their vote!”

One transparency activist, Rishi Maharaj of Disclosure Today says while he agrees with the need for accessibility, public officials are still entitled to a degree of privacy.