Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton, has described Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit as a “broken man” following recent attacks made against the United Workers Party (UWP) during a radio program last week.
The statements made by the Prime Minister are in relation to the search and rescue efforts for missing 12-year-old Kernisha Etienne.
Skerrit stated, “It is a situation where we have been told that she was taken from her room by someone and that is a different element to it, but it is unfortunate that some are making this political. We are not surprised. This is how the UWP operates in Dominica. There is no genuine concern or care for anything human in Dominica by the opposition.”
However, Linton believes that it’s the Prime Minister who is making the situation political.
“The statement of the Prime Minister yesterday [June 16, 2022] is a statement of a broken man, a man who is dissatisfied, is unhappy like the rest of us that the search has yielded no results so far, but he feels it in a way that he made himself the head of it,” he argued. “He is supposed to be the hero who finds Kernisha and up to now it hasn’t happened and so he is feeling broken, he is downhearted and so he makes a very unfortunate statement.”
Linton continued, “I am surprised that the Prime Minister can be making those statements…so what does he do like he always does, he blames the opposition. The opposition gets blamed for what? for suggesting improvements to the search and rescue effort? That’s all we have done.””
Linton said for example, when as the head of the search and rescue mission, the Prime Minister went on the radio and called on all able-bodied public officers to report at Warner to help with the search and rescue efforts for the missing 12-year-old, “It was basically a desperation call to chaos and disorder…”
The UWP leader is of the view that if the Prime Minister’s call was heeded, a number of people who are untrained and others who are willing, but unsuitable for the assignment, would show up and swarm the police officers .
“He says that one day and two days later, they do not want any civilians up there,” Linton remarked.
Linton described himself as a constructive man who wants the best for Dominica.
“I don’t have time for negativity. I want what’s best for Dominica and with everything inside of me, I try to do that with every day that passes,” he stated.
The police, on Saturday, June 18, 2022, captured the abductor, Keyan Alexander, but shortly afterwards, he succumbed to gunshot wounds which were inflicted by the police during his capture. However, according to Deputy Chief of Police, Lincoln Corbette, before he died, Alexander provided the police with “certain information” on the whereabouts of Kernisha Etienne which he said caused the search for the missing girl to be intensified.
Since then, there has been no report from the police on their search for Etienne..