Who's misleading Dominicans?
One of these two politicians, two top leaders of the country, is taking Dominicans for a ride, being absolutely careless with the truth.
The two are Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the other is the Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton. Based on the two statements that we heard this week, we do not know who is telling the truth.
First, there's the statement by Prime Minister Skerrit that Linton "knows that I as MOF (Minister of Finance) provided $30,000 to the Village Council of Marigot (the area where he LL is Parl. Rep.) for repairs to the Cayen Boucs - Melville Hall - Vauxhall Road and the money remains sitting in the account of the Council, untouched for more than a year".
Mr. Skerrit added: "Lennox Linton was offered 15 @ 3-bedroom PetroCasas each with 2 washrooms for residents of Marigot after Tropical Storm Erika and has not moved one finger to take advantage of this offer in the first instance, yet he wants to talk about Motion of No Confidence in me".
"That never happened," said Linton in a telephone conversation with talk show host Matt Peltier on the pro-opposition station Q95FM on Tuesday morning.
"I never received any offer from Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica or Minister of Finance regarding any PetroCasas 3-bedroom or whatever else," Linton said.
He added: "The Prime Minister must present to the people of Dominica of him offering the buildings…what happened? Did he make a phone call, a WhatsApp message, what happened? Was it email? Was it sent to me through the post office, was it delivered to my house, my office? What exactly transpired, how was the offer made?"
Concerning the $30,000 that is unused at the Marigot Credit Union, Linton also contradicted the Prime Minister's statement.
"Some time ago I attended a meeting of the Marigot Village Council where it was disclosed that an amount of money that Mr. Skerrit was talking about came to the Council by way of two operatives of Mr. Skerrit in the Marigot constituency.
"That money came in the form of a cheque from a business company in Dominica. It was not from Government. The cheque came from a business company in Dominica with no cover letter as to what the business company was sending the money to the Credit Union for.
"I was advised that the Credit Union wrote to the company asking them about the money that was sent to them and to this date there has been no response."