John (left), Carrette

Leader of the Opposition Hector John said the appointment of Cyril Carrette as Police Commissioner is unconstitutional and the United Workers Party (UWP) will not recognize him as the Chief of Police.

John is claiming that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit failed to engage the Opposition before the appointment of Carrette.

He said the process to appoint the new Chief of Police was a total disrespect to the Constitution of Dominica and points to corruption.

“The law requires that the Opposition Leader must be consulted. I was not consulted, I had no idea who was going to be made Police Commissioner and the appointment should be null and void. He is not the Commissioner of Police because the Constitution was violated by Mr. Skerrit,” John said.

John said there appeared to have been a deliberate attempt to exclude him from the consultation process.

“I was asked by the Cabinet Secretary (Felix Gregoire) to have a meeting with the Prime Minister last week Thursday at 10:00 a.m. I told him that I would not be able to make it because I had prior engagement on that said day at that same time. I told him that I could make it on Friday or Monday for sure. I told him that I would call him back and when I did he told me that he would be writing me a letter on the matter. I got the letter from Mr. Gregoire asking me to attend a meeting with the Prime Minister on the same day and time that I told him I would not be able to make it. I saw it as a very disrespectful letter coming from Mr. Gregoire because I told him that the time and day would not be good for me,” John explained.

John said he received a telephone call from the Prime Minister Skerrit about the matter.

“He told me that we needed to meet because he wanted to appoint the new commissioner. I told him I will do my best to make it for Friday. I also asked the PM if the information on the proposed appointee could be made available to me before the meeting and he declined. He told me that I was childish and immature and that he never had that kind of behavior from past Opposition leaders. He then told me that he would make his decision.” he stated.

John said he was only made aware about the identity of the new Commissioner via a radio newscast.

According to Section 92 of the Constitution of Dominica, “The power to appoint a person to hold or act in the office of Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police and, subject to the provisions of section 93 of this Constitution, the power to remove the Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police from office shall vest in the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, given after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition and the Police Service Commission.”