PM Skerrit reveals official travel expenses

The prime minister's travels have been criticized by the opposition
The prime minister’s travels have been criticized by the opposition

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has made 61 overseas trips in his official capacity from December 20, 2009 “to the present” documents obtained by Dominica News Online have shown.

For the trips, which have been designated as ‘official business,’ the prime minister received advances totaling $273,468.19.

The documents were in response to queries by opposition leader and MP for Salisbury, Hector John, concerning the travels of the prime minister.

They showed that Skerrit has visited countries as diverse as Spain, Brazil, Hong Kong, Greece, Azerbaijan, Turkey, China and Colombia, among others.

Members of the opposition have always questioned the travels of government ministers suggesting that they are exorbitant and are not accounted for.

Speaking in parliament in November 2012, the prime minister rubbished the claims saying that when public officers travel and they use their credit cards, it takes a very long time for the treasury to refund them. “I can say publicly without a shred of contradiction that whenever we travel on business Madam Speaker, in most cases you are out of pocket…” he stated.

He said as prime minister, he receives “$100 US per day for meals and I believe $125 US for out of pocket expense.”

“When I go on state business and I have to meet with people….if I invite business people to my suite to have a meeting and I order room service and that bill comes up to $200 US, I cannot ask the treasury to refund me that. It comes from my out of pocket and meals,” he stated.

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319 Comments

  1. January 29, 2014

    Well DNO what is the problem with mmy post from last night that it did not make the thread today?

  2. Jay
    January 29, 2014

    it is hard to escape the conclusion that Mr. Skerrit has a habit to cover his private pursuits with official business
    His visit to France, from 15-23 June 2013 is a case in point.
    I is listed as “official” business and we do know that he attended a seminar on 20 & 21 June on geothermal issues in Paris, organised by the Development Agency of France, with a delegation from Dominica. Yet he left Dominica five days before the two day event and claims the entire nine day trip cost only E.C.1,324. (U.S.$.488.)? He then stayed on for the weekend , returning on monday 23 June. Maybe there is an entirely acceptable explanation but as it stands it simply does not add up. Mr.Skerrit could do himself a great favour by being transparent at all times he clailms to be on official business so as to avoid any rumours and speculation.

  3. beholder
    January 29, 2014

    One must be concerned when the PM also holds the Minister of Finance portfolio. Aside from the strange anomalies of dollar amounts (EC or US?) and the bizarre itineraries, there is an easy way to resolve the necessity for and cost of overseas travel. As both the PM and Minister of Finance, one presumes he is negotiating trade deals, foreign investment packages, grants in aid and outright government loans.
    We should total the amount spent over the past four years, against the amount of beneficial direct foreign investment (not loan obligations). If the PM’s total official travel expenses amount to more 10% to 15% ( a recognized industry standard of finders fees and brokers fees )then he spent too much.

  4. Serious
    January 29, 2014

    Government Employee is people like you that will sit in your office and play solitaire and vaye people to run you mouth.Somethimes in your position cripple because they red and then blame Skerrit.
    Is people like you that will expose all government secrets because the shoes is now on the other foot.Wicked government worker.
    The man is thePrime Minister of a country of course he has to travel.. Bondieu I amsure sometimes he uses his own money on government business.
    Allyou think allyou killing him like Pierro and Rosie a pas las.Nouskan faire payer. Machanster

    • neutral
      January 29, 2014

      what is your point serious? He is in public office.If he hates the scrutiny then he should get into public office like the Nassifs, Then the public will not question his whereabouts.Are u ignorant of that fact. Learn to hold your leaders responsible. and who u say kill Pero and Rosie? Get your facts straight.

  5. January 29, 2014

    That’s good some of his trpi we know such as china but some we dot know was it fun or plusure I know not every thing must be Told , but all those trip
    And come on people he must travel to secure help for pocket and cpuntry

  6. January 29, 2014

    Hello and good afternoon my people. First I want to say that I don’t vote in Dominica therefore I don’t take sides rather I want the best for our people. I don’t see any issue with the Prime Minister travel budget because he’s representing our people when he travel. I must also say that the expense report don’t include the cost of the security detail that travels with the Prime Minister. We must also remember that he travels on commercial airlines unlike many heads of State.

    • Views Expressed
      January 29, 2014

      Tony, be real, we need accountability, just saying that you see nothing wrong with PM lavish travel says nothing and I wonder if you really know about good practice in public office, prudent spending? You mean you do not want to take partisan sides…..the side YOU MUST take is in the interest of the country and its scarce resources. All these travels must be accountable and what returns do we get from it. Therefore is it worth all this travels by one who profess to be acting in the best interest of Dominica. We have no reporting of these so called trips…..it used rto be Venezuela then Libya and NOW Morocco begging for money without a clear plan of development idea and strategic planning. Not sure when last you visited Dominica but our poverty is high, vagrancy is high and according to government a nuisance as they walk half naked and dirty in the streets of Roseau, as the cruise ships people have complained.
      Skerrit is NOT strategic, he is spontaneous and is like a captain of ship who did not plan his departure, not sure of destination and list in the open seas wondering where to go next////
      We seriously need a change of leadership and government in Dominica. Change is a MUST….be part of TEAM DOMINICA

      • January 31, 2014

        Views Expressed.

        Hello and good morning to you. I agree that we need accountability regardless of which party in office. I was in Dominica in 2009, Twice in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and I am coming home for this year independence. I agree that the Government must address the vagrancy and the odor in Roseau. Again I don’t take partisan sides because I don’t reside or vote in Dominica. I attended the UWP Political event in NYC and I was impressed with their platform but I would like to here from the Prime Minister because I plan of building my retirement home. Land use issues are important to me because I have a case pending where an extended family build an illegal home on the front portion of my mother land even though that person don’t have any papers for the land. I do enjoy reading your post and thanks for the professionalism .

    • Black Nobility
      January 29, 2014

      The PM has lost all credibility, so everything he says will be question. And this little excel spreadsheet does not say anything. I CAN MAKE A BETTER SPREAD SHEET AND I WONT USE EXCEL TO DO IT EITHER. “SOOOOO GULLABLE”

    • neutral
      January 29, 2014

      then shot ur _ss. you are not here to feel the heat.

      • January 31, 2014

        Neutral.

        Good morning to you. Well we can have a debate without using derogatory words because that don’t contribute to the debate.

    • John Paul
      March 2, 2019

      I do not see Macau or Lang ka wee
      That list is not complete

  7. Black Nobility
    January 29, 2014

    It’s not about HONESTY, If a true labourite saw the Prime Minister Kill someone they would say the dead person killed himself. Politics does something to the weak and it amaze me to see that.

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      It is not about what Politics does to the weak, is what it does to the weak mind.So how about when Team Dominica say they are going to create 5,000 jobs in three years if elected at the next general election,is that honesty or selling hope, you tell me.

      • neutral
        January 29, 2014

        Gary think outside the box. It is possible. One investment may cause a chain reaction of jobs, and money earned due to one investment can be reinvested elsewhere to create jobs. It is the many jobs that materialize as a result of creating a few that amount to the thousands.COMMON SENSE!

    • unbelievable
      January 30, 2014

      True Black Nobility! If Skerrit say the sky red they will say it red too!SMH!

  8. Malgraysa
    January 29, 2014

    This list is a charade. Take Morocco for instance. The official website of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that Skerrit made 2 official visits to that country in 2010:

    22 July only.( Skerrit’s claim is for 18 July-1 August to Libya and Morocco. I mean two weeks in Libya and Morocco? What for?)
    27-28 August (this visit is not listed by Skerrit at all)
    For 2011 the Ministry does not list any official visits but Skerrit makes a claim for 14-23 Nov.
    He was in Morocco during that time but not as an official guest of the Moroccan Govt. He attended a conference by the Amadeus Institute in Tangiers from 16-19 Nov. as a guest speaker at their MEDays Forum What was he doing for the rest of the time he claims?

    For 2012 the Moroccan Ministry shows one official visit for 31 July but Skerrit claims a visit from 23 to 30 July. What was he doing in that country for a whole week before the official one day visit?

    You opened a Pandora’s box with this carelessly compiled list Roosevelt. As the song goes: There are more questions than answers”.

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      The real charade is yet to come,apart from there are more answers than questions, it should be also be noted that Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive, anthem of Team Dominica.

    • Black Nobility
      January 29, 2014

      As a labourite would say you are asking to many questions. “If my PM said he went there for business then he did” Stupid Labourite

    • Doc
      January 29, 2014

      as usual he does not think people with sense and access to information can verify the lies he spews. this is why lennox linton is so annoying to him

      • spanish inquisition
        January 30, 2014

        and how much better is LENNOX LINTON than ROOSEVELT SKERRIT? I rather die than have an arrogant self absorbed pompous … as my prime minster. I worked with this man and he would walk on you and not greet you.GET LOST LENNOX!

    • lightbulb
      January 29, 2014

      a litte bit more than official business is needed.

  9. Realistic
    January 29, 2014

    Look at all what the man did for all ya..You cannot even be thankful.. The man cannot even go on business trip to take care of his country, what you expect him to do stay home and the country will go forward? be realistic people, every leader doing business trip, why mad at him when he doing it for you? You guys are not grateful at all!!!!

    • Views Expressed
      January 29, 2014

      Realistic…please be realistic….be real. Name me the benefits that we have gained from these loooong, frequent trips to far away places….
      Business trips eh…lol…lol…lol..
      I wonder why the PM was delayed in NY last year December (??????) or somewhere unable to get home because he did not have a returned ticked and the request to purchase a ticket from home upon request created a problem. Is it that someone or some good civil servant(s) are beginning to take stock of this Nonesense holder of the PM seats in al these travels. We have to weigh what is government, private and business…

    • Teddy
      January 29, 2014

      You must be living in an imaginary world. To even think that all these trips were of a national bussiness mandate.

  10. January 29, 2014

    I hope ALL OF YOU are that CURIOUS about LENNOX’ trips, today and beyond.

    • JoJo
      January 29, 2014

      Of course we are. Same thing applies to him as Skerrit. The difference is that Lennox is upfront and tranparent like every leader should be.

  11. Gee.
    January 29, 2014

    @T, why are you so hateful?
    1)I am not a beggar and no one will make me beg.
    2)Extremely poor country?! please check recent facts and stop being ignorant of them.
    3)I am employed, sorry you are not, ask yourself why.
    4)We must be in a different country, cause all I see the PM doing is trying to find ways to help the common man and he has been successful in many aspects of so doing. Once again educate yourself and stop being ignorant of recent facts staring you in the face.
    As for being dunce, common, you’ve got to be kidding me! you’ve got that soooo wrong, cause the person you said he’s coming up against is the dunce one, remember,didn’t finish High school???..Is that the kind of example you want for your children?..I sure don’t think so!

    • neutral
      January 29, 2014

      Gary think outside the box. It is possible. One investment may cause a chain reaction of jobs, and money earned due to one investment can be reinvested elsewhere to create jobs. It is the many jobs that materialize as a result of creating a few that amount to the thousands.COMMON SENSE!

    • neutral
      January 29, 2014

      Gee, stop being foolish and not realizing it.

  12. Civil Servant
    January 29, 2014

    I refused to travel as a senior civil servant on government business because this prime minister changed our travel allowance from 40us per day to 20us and according to the amount of time you staying to 10us..
    imagine that, a sandwich(equivalent to our sandwich bread)in Antigua airport is more than 20 bucks and you know how liat treats Dominicans with regards to reaching your destination on time..

    a lot of civil servants are idiots who would rather put politicians before their pockets and well being.

    • January 29, 2014

      Twenty ($20) dollars a day, kidding right? In other words ‘I pay for breakfast at Denny’s, lunch at Checkers, or dinner at Cici’s Pizza, the rest is on you’. That amount is the cost of ONE meal. Unbelievable.

  13. LUCKY
    January 29, 2014

    What we must remember our money have no value in the world…. one US dollar is #2.65 EC. London don’t recognize the US dollar, you need UROS to travel to Europe what is the exchange again just think of it anything for political millage. UWP is trying to educate the people but they are doing it with a blinders on.

  14. JB CHARLES
    January 29, 2014

    The head of any country have to travel to meet with other heads of states, that how grants, loans, and that how they get assistance for their country. He has no need for body guards or armour cars….. if he was sitting in the country…. and not making theses trips the same people talking here today would call him lazy…… PM Skerrit keep persevering. Just remember God got your back…..

    • Anonymous
      January 29, 2014

      JB so why does he need armed security when he is in his own place with own people. By the way, what does his expensive security detail do when is away so aften? Play domino, write tickets?

  15. Nac Vibes
    January 29, 2014

    With this information on the PM’s travel and expenses cost, he is clearly telling Dominicans that he views them as Mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed on Bull

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      Politics can do strange things to the mind.If that’s your interpretation of the information it says a lot about what Politics has done to your mind.

    • Doc
      January 29, 2014

      #Preach

  16. Government Employee
    January 29, 2014

    The official overseas daily travel expense of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica is more than US$225.00. While I agree that his daily expense includes his Meal Allowance of US$100.00 for lunch and dinner and Out of Pocket allowance of US$125.00; his total daily travel expense is much more than that. There is an additional expense that includes cost of Hotel Room per night which includes breakfast. It also includes an Entertainment Allowance to host official guests and dignitaries. The hosting of official guests and dignitaries is not covered in the Prime Minister’s out of pocket and Additionally there is also the cost of airline ticket, met by the state, and the cost of ground transportation and security details, usually provided by the host state.
    For the Prime Mister of the Commonwealth of Dominica to inform the Dominican public that he uses his out of pocket to host guests and dignitaries is a ie as he continues to try to misinform Dominicans both here and overseas… If the Accountant General is honest, he will give a true picture of the Prime Minister’s expenses while on official overseas engagements paid for by the state.
    I do not mean to disrespect the Office of the Prime Minster, but, when the Prime Minister insist of misleading the Nation, people like me have a responsibility to expose his dishonesty… Speak the truth Prime Minister.
    :wink: :wink: :wink:

    • Simply the Truth
      January 30, 2014

      If you are a gov’t. employee, you should be fired. It is obvious you do not support the PM’s Party. The latter is not the reason why you should be fired. If you are privy to gov’t. confidential matters and you divulge them to the public, or anyone for that matter, you should be fired. You have breached confidentiality entrusted to you and have therefore projected an unworthy employee who cannot be trusted.

  17. lol
    January 29, 2014

    What a shame this just looks like a cut a paste situation, this is not even an official document with the government stamp and signature. All you have to do is check the gazette and see how many times he Travels, this is truly a shame, but I expect nothing less from that PM.

    • Simply the Truth
      January 30, 2014

      You do not have the authority to see this information.

  18. Nomination committe
    January 29, 2014

    Why all the fuss by the UWP. These rate were revised by the UWP since 1998. Ask Peter Carbon.

    • skerromado
      January 29, 2014

      so why he cut de civil servant 40us to 20 and 10 us

  19. Skerrit_Bashing_Crew
    January 29, 2014

    We, we shall not be moved
    We, we shall not be moved
    no matter how much wrong he is doing
    we shall not be moved
    no matter how much bobol he is doing
    we shall not be moved
    we love our pm, is God that send him
    we shall not be moved
    no matter how bad the economy is going
    we shall not be moved
    Hip Hip Hip, continue doing what u doing pm bleed us, and kick us
    we sticking with you even if we unemployed

  20. Morihei Ueshiba
    January 29, 2014

    Aye las skerro magway sah, so many people unemployed, so many people on handouts, and u riding the poor like that, power really change you boy.

  21. NicE n NaughtY
    January 29, 2014

    Not 61 alone that’s the amount that was documented, it’s too numerous to count and mention. The p.m does be off island and no one knows we need a to have him take a lie detector test to be sure.

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      Wow,Stupidity is a talent for misconception.If you are not satisfied with the information given. Why don’t you make a petition on behalf of the UWP to take the PM to court to get full disclosure of all the secret trips you are alleging.

      • Simple
        January 29, 2014

        take the PM to court Gary? Seriously? smh

  22. Transparent Dominica
    January 29, 2014

    Please indulge me as again, I am being impartial!

    If the PM’s expenses as show are correct, he should be commended for being frugal as accommodation and subsistence are extremely high in some of the places he visited.

    You could challenge the PM on other issues, but certainly not for being an extravagant overseas visitor!

  23. Fact
    January 29, 2014

    Mr. PM, while you’re at it, why not show us a copy of your degree. Because the way you speak, your sentence structure is pathetically inept.

    • Doc
      January 29, 2014

      whenever i say that ppl call me a hater, or say its because i support the opposition. this man claims a degree in english! its humiliating. my friends from other islands call me to tease me when they hear him speak. smh

  24. Jenn
    January 29, 2014

    Trip number 22 is the closest and yet the most expensive. Only two days $15,000.00. Weird the government need to present receipts before a refund is presented. That’s just my two cents

  25. Simply the Truth
    January 29, 2014

    I do not think the PM’s expenditure and how much he receives for traveling purposes from the Treasury should be revealed to the public. I guess you do things differently in Dominica.
    The PM travels. His expenditures should be the business of the auditor who will audit his expenditures. If there are discrepancies as overspending uselessly, then it could be addressed and revealed to the Media who in turn will make it public. Until then, it is not the business of the public and to question his travels and expenditures much more to see his expense sheet(s) in print.
    I do state some people do not know their places. They do not contribute to the revenue of the country; some not enough but they are quick to voice their critical opinion as they do on this Website.
    Most of the money, much more of it D/ca receives is generated from overseas; not from the pockets of those critics.
    What should only be their concern is if the PM traveled overseas on business and the nature of the business to any country, if it is to the benefit of Dominica.
    As for his expenditures, it is none of their business especially the critics, curiosity seekers.
    The PM should not have succumbed to the whims and wiles of the UWP.
    They say they want transparency. Since the Party they support and themselves want to know how much the PM spends, he should expose to the Media how much the general public pays to the revenue of the country and who does. This should put some people in their places.
    I am in Canada. We do things differently, in a sophisticated and organized manner. What some D/cans question, we do not waste our time questioning it and in futility to pacify the curiosity seekers. If something is amiss, the Media will reveal it sooner or later. In the meantime, we, the public mind our own business and know our places. There are things we should know and there are things we should not know because the latter is none of our business.
    I wished it were so in Dominica. Some people would be a happier and peaceful lot. Nationals must have respect for authority and those in authority. This is sadly lacking among some people, those critics in Dominica.

    • Maggie
      January 29, 2014

      While I agree with your right to voice your opinion, I think your concept of Master and Servant in my view is a bit skewed. Where have you ever known that a servant tells a Master what he/she should or should not do? I thought it was the other way around. The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica is a PUBLIC SERVANT, elected by the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica to run the affairs of the State. In that regard they have every right as Masters to ask their servant (The Prime Minister) for an accounting of activities undertaken by him on their behalf, not limited to travel or funds used.
      I fail to believe that things are different in Canada since we all, except those countries ruled by dictators, have the right to question authority. In your case in Canada recently there was a reported fiasco with Mayor Ford. Are you telling me that it was none of the people’s business who questioned his alleged nefarious activities? I think not.

      • Simply the Truth
        January 30, 2014

        Mayor Ford’s situation has nothing to do with financial and travel expenses. The problem with people as you, you never stick to the issue which is why DNO should prohibit some of your comments which are irrelevant to the articles posted.
        Mayor Ford did not steal money from the public or overspend. What he does out of office, is none of our business and not yours whatsoever.
        What bothers me about some people in society, what they should look at they do not. For instance, some governments legislate same sex marriage, two men and two women marrying and none of you bat an eye or are critical to this abomination which brings down curses upon the earth in general and on nationals.
        Do you not think those who practice abominations are guilty of many sins, some marrying, divorcing and marrying again and again, cohabiting and having children with different men and women? Their private and social life is one unhappy mess and mass confusion, including godlessness with lack of peace. Which of these sins are worst?
        Let me inform you further. You must know why the Media pursues Mayor Ford everywhere he goes. The man has no privacy. I would sue the Media who overstep their bounds.
        The Media has been harsh on Mayor Ford. Why? Because when he took office, he did not participate in the so-called gay pride parade. Ever since, they are on his back, persecuting him, following him all around and even trespassing on his private property.
        Those who are fair and just and who support Mayor Ford because he is an effective Mayor (his work does not suffer) know this too well. We will vote for him any day. They are jealous of him and his position. Just as the non-DLP supporters do to the PM and his Party.
        There are some West Indians who are also Catholics – Christians of all who support, encourage, condone and applaud this abomination (including others) which takes place on a Sunday in Toronto. I am informing you, woe to them.
        As I know and always say, God is patient and taking note. The next time, stick to the issue of subject matter. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  26. Listening!!!
    January 29, 2014

    Interestingly seven of PM Skerrit’s trips numbers: 8,10.13,31,39,49 & 59 each cost the exact dollar amount of $1222.61(That must be a magic number).

    The audit department on the behalf of the taxpayers must investigate these findings.

    • Malgraysa
      January 29, 2014

      When you translate this figure back to U.S.$. you will see that it is U.S.$ 450.00. This the out-of-poacket allowance for two days. This does not make sense. What are the hotel and airline ticket costs for these trips? Maybe father christmas paid for that and not the treasury?

  27. Anonymous
    January 29, 2014

    What is the big hoora. Running a country is not running a Chadelle Mowi

  28. January 28, 2014

    Is the leader of the opposition is the chair of the public accounts commitee? If he was doing the damn work he was being paid to do then that info would have been out there a long time ago. Public servants get paid when they travel so what is the problem. PM always return with good news for the country. Do your do PM.

  29. Jah Kal
    January 28, 2014

    Is that US dollars or EC.

  30. Government Employee
    January 28, 2014

    The official overseas daily travel expense of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica is more than US$225.00. While I agree that his daily expense includes his Meal Allowance of US$100.00 for lunch and dinner and Out of Pocket allowance of US$125.00; his total daily travel expense is much more than that. There is an additional expense that includes cost of Hotel Room per night which includes breakfast. It also includes an Entertainment Allowance to host official guests and dignitaries. The hosting of official guests and dignitaries is not covered in the Prime Minister’s out of pocket and Additionally there is also the cost of airline ticket, met by the state, and the cost of ground transportation and security details, usually provided by the host state.
    For the Prime Mister of the Commonwealth of Dominica to inform the Dominican public that he uses his out of pocket to host guests and dignitaries is a ie as he continues to try to misinform Dominicans both here and overseas… If the Accountant General is honest, he will give a true picture of the Prime Minister’s expenses while on official overseas engagements paid for by the state.
    I do not mean to disrespect the Office of the Prime Minster, but, when the Prime Minister insists of misleading the Nation, people like me have a responsibility to expose his dishonesty… Speak the truth Prime Minister. :wink:

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      After reading your comment,I ask my self where is the evidence to prove what you are alleging.You have said nothing in your comment to suggest dishonesty regarding the report.Perception and General statements are not evidence,and please you’re not a whistle blower, I do not know if you are a Government Employer as you claimed.

      • Simply the Truth
        January 30, 2014

        They are always accusing him, criticizing him, judging and condemning him without proof. They who do, stand to be judged in time. The day will come when they will pay for their words.

  31. Massacre
    January 28, 2014

    The pressure is really on Skerro, he is felling the heat!
    Dominicans are beginning to open their eyes and demand answers.
    Let us thank and keep supporting Team Dominica for being true the the Call to take Dominica from those jokers who now run it.

    • Simply the Truth
      January 30, 2014

      You make me scoff at your stupidity. :twisted: :twisted:
      How can you tell he is feeling the heat? Are you in his mind and heart? So presumptuous. I hope you do not pay for this. :twisted: :twisted:

  32. Observer
    January 28, 2014

    DNO, I don’t know who added up these numbers, but I am getting $277 468.29. If that was in the official report and my number is correct, it tells you a lot about the reliability of these numbers. Secondly, I observed the amount $1222.61 appeared 7 times for trips to Caribbean countries, as well as a trip to New York and Hong Kong. Check it out my people – just really fishy- something ain’t smelling right. I also checked that the PM stayed out a total of over 250 days on these trips (that is literally over 8 months outside Dominica on official trips!) Furthermore, we know that the PM is always out-Example he did not disclosed the December 2013 NJ trip as official. I also noticed the PM was in Monaco (Europe) and Monserrat at the same time (see Items 32 and 33 – he was in both places on 7/15/11-amazing eh – no wonder some people compare the man to Jesus). Now tell me if you believe the report.

  33. Mahaut
    January 28, 2014

    This is in U.S dollars . So almost 1 million E.C on Skerro. I don’t believe these numbers because they are too low for all the trips which were put there. And where are the numbers for the rest of the ministers and his entourage?
    If this man continue to run this land! It will be broke by 2015. So Dominicans, let us take our country back.

  34. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    aa-aa Dominica chaud eh?

  35. Public Officer
    January 28, 2014

    The most shameful thing about that is that there are public officers who gave and some are stillgiving 30 t0 40 years of deligent public service and contibution to the contry who will never even make far less to save one fifth of that kind of money; and there are people without a conscience who find a way to make excuses for that; don’t realize that does not even include the amounts that are paid to him as salary etc. anyway, one day this must stop..God is love

    • Nomination committe
      January 29, 2014

      Nonsense

  36. exclav
    January 28, 2014

    What is official biz? More explanation is needed. Any fool would know that someone crooked the books, these guys travelling so much its a shame…… one would think that trips to all these strange places were free for all…
    Its really time to vote them out… it would be a shame to see how much is spent locally even for private limes… even de present presiden had blue suv with big n bold GA…. They even allow their pals to drive GA… den de state got to pay for dat. Evil in high n low places… n deny calling themselves Christians…
    But its a positive start that they answering questions, good job madam speaker……

  37. Nac Vibes
    January 28, 2014

    From 15 – 19/05/2010 Mr skerrit traveled to spain cost $10,324.22. or $2064.84 per day

    And from 20 – 23/05/2010 he traveled to Spain again, coat $1,833.91. or $458.48 per day.

    Question to Mr Skerrit. What was the event or problem that was so urgent, it warranted your presence in Dominica on the night of 19/05/2010 only to catch a flight back to Spain the morning of the 20/05/2010

    On your return to Spain, you made massive savings on the cost (well done) of your previous visit (albeit a few hours earlier)how do you account for this cost saving, did you get mates rates or did you have a pang of conscience and stayed in less salubrious lodgings.

    You’ve mentioned that you are the chief and skilled negotiator on your travels, to bring us back the goodies we all crave for and i thank you, but pray tell, if I can be so bold to ask, you negotiated on our behalf in Spain for all of nine (9) days, how did that go, because we sure got no road, no school, no hospital, no stadium, no hotel, no Malice, no motor bike for the police, hell we don’t even have an embassy there as far as I know, so what did we get for $12158.13.

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      Look at item 13, 14 & 15 – the duration of the trip. How many days in a month. It does mot add up.

    • anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      NAC Vibes most likely his stay was extended for the Spain visit so an advance had to be issued for the additional time. What I am missing is the cost of travel not the out of pocket expenses. The out of pocket expenses which come to $270K does not include the cost of airline tickets.

  38. Jah Kal
    January 28, 2014

    skerro u missing more what about the trip to new jersey when u kept the big party was it official business all ur supporters were dress in red the secrete trip to up state new York was it official business that was in December its not on the list more dates will show up real soon.

    • wait a minute
      January 28, 2014

      it stated official business so the dates u r mentioning r not official mean its not state Affairs. thats y they were not included. read properly

      • RowRow
        January 29, 2014

        I forgot the date they gave for the birth of his new baby. Can anyone give that date? I want to see if it’s on the list. Just saying.

      • January 29, 2014

        But the question is was his ticket and expenses paid for by the State.Let us see the paper work.

    • Not Partisan
      January 29, 2014

      Wow

  39. January 28, 2014

    “CONGRATULATIONS” Mr PM for finally presenting to the nation your perceived travel expenses.But what a SHAME, it had to take Lazy;Unemployed; Unqualified novices to achieve that feat. I do hope you will finally grow out of your little boy cocoon an from now on inform the nation, a)When you are leaving the state; b) When you return; c)The purpose of your trips; d) What you did or did not achieve; e) The person or persons whom you intend to meet or may have met an d) How much will your successful negotiations cost the tax-payers of this country. Remember the Commonwealth of Dominica is not your “jarden patat” It is the “DAMNB” business of the people to know.

  40. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    What does “Official Business” mean? And why does he get money for out of pocket expenses even when he may incur those expenses?

    If the PM entertain business guests, the government ought to pick up the entire tab. If he does not spend any money, he should not be entitled to out of pocket expenses. That encourages unwarranted travel.

  41. TF
    January 28, 2014

    More time off than Santa Claus :-D WOW

    I am loving the comments from everyone on here. Everyone seems to be so eagle eyed and are noticing so many discrepancies and questions within this document. It is riddled with doubt but here is one interesting observation.

    NOTE: The PM has spent 247 days out of this for the past 4 years which equates to roughly 8 months. This now breaks down to just over two months of the year. This does not take into consideration the PM annual leave. So it seems according to the numbers the PM is either on holiday or out of the country for 3 months or 25% of the year.

    I would not have any confident in someone who leads an organisation or a country who is absent for 25% of the year would you? That is a question you must consider.

    I think the PM is addicted to having Jaunts.
    Stop it man, it costing the country and the people of the country dearly.

    • Anonymous
      January 29, 2014

      The results show for itself. I hope u are not one of those who sit at their desk whole day and do no work.

  42. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    The PM has a job to do and he is doing a good one nothing is free everything has to be paid for.My self and four family members went to dinner it cost me $300.00 us.

    • MAN IN THE HILLS!!!!
      January 28, 2014

      Dear “Anonymous” Do you mean negotiating with the chinesse government and giving all the LABOR to chinesse nationals? IS THAT GOOD???

  43. Nac Vibes
    January 28, 2014

    Yes A Team, blaze up more fire pan dem.

  44. Practical
    January 28, 2014

    The PM departs and no one knows. He comes back and no one knows. Months later we read on some foreign website about deals which were signed on behalf of the country. Millions dollar deals which we the tax payers have to pay back and some of them are with private companies, not foreign governments.. His ministers are just as much in the dark as we are. They tune in to Q just like us to find out where the PM was and what he was up to. Unbelievable,

    • January 28, 2014

      All those deals and we don’t know what has become of those monies.Where are the records? There are no records for us to see how the money is spent. Much of it goes under the table. What a corrupt government. They cried UWP was corrupt. Apparently, they did not know what good governance was and lied but they are the most corrupt government in the eastern Caribbean today; operating on deceiving the people. Dominicans wake up, coming events cast a shadow. Let us get rid of the monster before it is too late. Our children will not forgive us. Please help to rescue Dominica from this corrupt DLP government. Your children will thank you.

    • True
      January 29, 2014

      Funny. Sad but funny.

  45. red white and blue
    January 28, 2014

    but what i dont understand though,is that when edison use to ask question the pm would just brush it aside ,now every question ask by the opposition the pm answers.(even if he lie)

  46. Practical
    January 28, 2014

    So we are only now in 2014 being gIven information of the PM’s travel in 2010. Four years ago? This is information which is four years late. We should be informed of the PMs’s travel Before he leaves and we should be given a report upon his return. Certainly not FOUR years later. Come on PM. Take a page from Team DA’s book. We need more transparency.

    • Nomination committe
      January 29, 2014

      Where is the Transparency of the UWP, they reported that they paid for their own passage. What do they mean. They are deliberately giving misleading information. Where did the money come from?

      The UWP is a double standard Party.

  47. January 28, 2014

    What a transparent lie. But mister cannot lie man? Does he really expect intelligent Dominicans to believe that crap? A prime minister putting that out there? Come on man! It looking like we finish we if we don’t do some thing to remove this on our backs.

  48. Student
    January 28, 2014

    And all dis time i checking throwing parties in NJ and dishing out tickets would fall under ‘Official Business’.. I stand corrected.

    WAIT, is skerro wearing a BLUE tie?!?!?

    • Mamize
      January 28, 2014

      Yes wee, the tie looking nice on him. not true?

  49. still waterz
    January 28, 2014

    all of a sudden he exposin stuff …. keep de receipt Mr PM as a matter of fact it doesnt matter any more or u can use it when doing a number 2 .. after 5 yrs u showing us this .. and then when u goin into office u gonna show it to us 2019…really??? too late… time for u to go …. change is a must!!!!

  50. rescue 911
    January 28, 2014

    ok,so those are official trip ,i guess the ones he didnt mention were personal trips because theres about 61 missing

  51. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    ok.those are official business trips.the ones he didnt mention were personal trips . because theres about another 61 missing

  52. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    This is laughable, this guy Skerrit wants to remain in office at all cost…. Hmmmm ah wonder why? We had enough of you, really Sir we are not gullible as you perceive us to be.

  53. Evolved
    January 28, 2014

    This is just total nonsense – consider the average hotel room rate in some of the cities where he is going is at least US$600 – tell me how does the math add up. This is fake.

    Fool your people – they like it so.

  54. friend
    January 28, 2014

    Alas mr pm better u didn’t release anything. U made a fool of urself and whoever prepared the document.

    While u getting big advances public wrks ppl cant get a lil 500$ a month alasss wii

    Dominica finish under labor

  55. iam there
    January 28, 2014

    You guys ask for it.He lay it down. Hope lennox , the opposition knows where his money coming from?

  56. Shaka Zulu
    January 28, 2014

    Ok when i see numbers i pull out my calculator before making any comment or questions.
    Info given US$100 for meals and “believe” US$125 for out of pocket. (not sure). My question:Is the out of pocket also per day?
    If yes then he gets US$225/day EC$600.75 if not the EC267 per day plus out of pocket allowance.
    Since only US was used to identify his allowance, is the 270K also in US? Article does not say so i will make no assumptions.

    Without the clarity of the currency referenced i will not say much. However the are inconsistencies in the reporting. Line 19 shows approx 20 days spent in Morocco/Libya and only $3,871.59 not sure if is US or EC whereas Line 35 a 3 day trip to St.Kitts and St. Thomas $9,033.70. again not sure if is EC or US. either way it does not add up. I will not go through the rest it is there for everyone to see.

    I will say as I have said on this medium before; Not all of us do not have the ability to understand and ask legit questions. Please stop trying to insult the people of Dominica’s intelligence. I think this was put out there to show how far the PM has travelled and nothing else.

    What a Jok!!

  57. Not a herd follower
    January 28, 2014

    DNO,Is it the PM or DNO that is making the revelation?

  58. dissident
    January 28, 2014

    PM you already have zero credibility as far as I’m concerned. You refuse to put de info on de table in Parliament but then dno can publish it?
    You think you fooling me
    If you had nothing to hide why de speaker defended your position to not table de info and de members on your side laughing?

    Try better than that…..it’s too late to try to change my heart……. it have a movement going on right now and I already on de train.

    DLP deceivers can’t get my vote

  59. black sheep
    January 28, 2014

    The best spinners of information are the DLP. This is a premise to start a propaganda of travellng to say team DA is travellong too much.Skeerrit will grab at any thing floating but believe it your days are numbered we can not be fooled, we can not be fooled just as tree planted ….

  60. proud dominica
    January 28, 2014

    well well Mr. skerro…. we finally get some disclosure with you huh. after so many years of none of our damn business and go to hell you finally built up the moral fortitude to do the right thing and let the people know how you spending our tax money. we need a full disclosure of all your finances as is required from any public official. you are an embarrassment to yourself, politics, the labor party, dominica, dominicans, and the laws of the land. what a disgrace to see your behavior and principles.A LITTLE BOY TRYING TO WEAR SOME BIG MAN SHOES BUT DONT EVEN KNOW HOW TO TIE THE SHOE LACES…. PATHETIC. GREAT JOB LENNOX… YOU ARE NOT EVEN IN OFFICE YET BUT ALREADY YOU HAVE THEM CONFORMING…. SKERRO WE ARE NOT BLIND SIR … TAKE YOUR LIST AND GO TO HELL… TOO FAR TOO LATE… CHANGE IS A MUST NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU FUSS……

  61. aa
    January 28, 2014

    Skerrit you can go to hell, go to hell go to hell

    Hope it gets published

  62. January 28, 2014

    no mater what only the ballot do the changes . I am a born Dominican and can give my input . a lot of people are saying SKERRIT this and . but there is one thing they don’t know .. he was put there by GOD …. before making noise go to the polls ” do like the American and the other country ; when you out you out and that’s it ;;Where the heck you want to ;; a lot of blabla … don’t they know is a free country? SKERRIT will WIN again ; and all of you will buy a rocking CHAIR and a PIPE and a DOG with a lot of FLIS {think of the rest } :mrgreen: :twisted:

    • Not Me Alone
      January 28, 2014

      I so hate to hear you all put the name of God in all you foolishness. Skerrit was put there by Dominicans, God did not vote. If God put him there as you all are preaching, then we have to blame God for the lies the man making. One of the greatest commandments reads: Thou shalt not call the name of the Lord in vain.

    • Channel 1
      January 28, 2014

      @Cyril Francis – Skerrit was put there by who? Did God tell you he put Skerrit in power? All you must STOP using God’s name in all you nonsense eh.

      All governments installed are not necessarily of God.

      Go back to the Bible for an example. When the people of Israel wanted a human king, God did not want that for them but they insisted that they wanted a human king so God gave them their first one named Saul.

      God’s original plan was to rule Israel as a theocracy but the Israelites wanted to be like the other heathen nations who were being led by human kings, so they told God to give them a king despite he cautioning them about that option. They would not hearken unto God so God gave them what they wanted to teach them a lesson.

      There is something called God’s permissive will where when a people are hard headed, stubborn and resistant to the truth, he allows them to get what they want so that they will learn their lesson the hard way.

      • Nj
        January 28, 2014

        Yes I agree it was God and he will rule until that same God decides it’s time, God bless u mr Skerrit and my beloved country

      • Papa Dom
        January 29, 2014

        Oh oh! You well late! Didn’t you know that a certain pastor from the north, living out of Dominica, came and told the people that he had a vision? Being a “pastor” I guess it was a vision from God. Then another group met at the church on Charles ave. and came out of their meeting saying God told them to vote skerrit? That is how low we’ve become in Dominica but the bible says that ” because they did not obey, God sent them strong delusion to believe a lie”

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      And God shall remove him whenever the next general elections are held and you can take that to the bank.

    • January 29, 2014

      Which one of the Gods put Skerrit in office?
      Definitely, not the God I serve-The Lord God.
      Do you know Satan is god? That is the one,
      that put him in office.

  63. lol
    January 28, 2014

    so spain for 4 days (11) is 10,324.22 and for 3 days (12) is 1,833.91??

  64. Nancy
    January 28, 2014

    Whoever hastily slapped this list together did a very lousy job. They used the same numbers for the trip to Monaco (item #33) from 15 – 20 /7/2011 of $1, 833.91 and the trips listed on item # 34 to Azerbaijan, Turkey and London on 16/8/2011 totaling $ 1,833.81. Also item # 40 from 4-7/2012 to Venezuela of $ 1,833.91. Where are the official letter head and the signature of a government official or Skerrit himself? Folks we have major problems in Dominica with government. I smell a big rat.

  65. Listening!!!
    January 28, 2014

    In the early part of November 2013, PM Skerrit went to China to negotiate USD$300M(Loan)which was in the news and this is not listed in his travel expense.

    This questions the credibility of the expense travel report provided by PM Skerrit.

    SMH…..

  66. Nancy
    January 28, 2014

    Do the trips listed on item # 34 to Azerbaijan, Turkey and London on 16/8/2011 totaling $ 1,833.81 which included Hartley Henry, Vince Henderson and Skerrit the correct amount? This is a bit perplexing or did the Azerbaijan government cover the costs of everyone including that of Mr. Henry? I thought the Bajan is an advisor to the Labour party and not to the Dominican government. This is mess up you all and Skerrit should be ashamed of himself. I feel used, violated and disrespected as a Dominican citizen.

  67. T Fabien
    January 28, 2014

    This Prime Minister should most definitely employ a PR consultant because the way he is behaving is absolute madness. This behaviour is one of an unstable man.

    If one does a bit of maths here, it shows that the PM has travelled every 24 days for the past 4 years. How can any head of state justify such excessive travel. Think about that people.

    We as Dominicans should not stand for this. Its an outrage and needs to e curtailed.

  68. Doc. Love
    January 28, 2014

    Ambrose and Skeritt have caused Mr. Dave Bruney to be sidelines, because they are afraid he put their business outside. AA, Mr. Linton just did a little travelling to six U.S. States, mouth open toerie jump out. Don’t be surprised we hear more when he returns from London and Paris. :lol:

    • Doc. Love
      January 28, 2014

      Typo: to be sidelined.

  69. dafriend
    January 28, 2014

    Skerrit, as usual you are trying to give us chicken feed. No way this list is comprehensive. You have been out of state more often then that, or are you trying to tell us you paid for these trips out of your own pocket? Furthermore, ‘Official Business’ as purpose is just not good enough. We want to know exactly why and for what reason you went to these places. I can already see that Miami is a preferred travel destination of yours. Three times in as many years. What was your business there? And then Monaco! Monaco is a travel destination for the rich and famous. Certainly not for a PM to go on ‘official business’. Fancied a bit of gambling in the world famous casino or mingle with the super rich?
    No boy, the days you can give us a few scraps are over. You can not fool us any longer. When the UWP wins the next election EVERYTHING is gonna be investigated.

    • January 29, 2014

      The report never mentioned Monaco. It states MOROCCO, please be more diligent in your reading and reporting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • dafriend
        January 29, 2014

        Zabocca, position 33 clearly reads MONACO. Ok, to the illiterate, and you clearly belong to that group, it is almost the same since it starts with an M and ends with an O. I have visited both countries in the past and believe me there is a huge difference between Morroco and Monaco. So, spare us all your embarrassing comments and practise your own advice.

  70. Civil Servant
    January 28, 2014

    Something isn’t right with the PM. How all of a sudden this man just speaking like that? Mr Skerrit becareful wi, because the last time you run infront of your imaginary Eddo announcement about foreign bank accounts, cost of house, you ended up putting your ownself in trouble and had to pay back treasury big money. I find the PM restless papa, meantime the island have major issues he not addressing.

    Mr Skerrit how come some of the dates clearly stating Miami, NY and yet some others simply USA? Mr Skerrit what official business Dominica you have in New Jersey? Mr Skerrit did you travel to Malta in 2011 and again in 2013? Mr Skerrit did you travel to Qatar in 2011 and 2013? Mr Skerrit behave yourself!! Who paid for those trips? Mr Skerrit have you been to Thailand or Macau? who financed those? are those official business, or you don’t publish your travels from Europe because it’s none of our damn business, even though the treasury paying for it. Somebody warn SKerrit please.

    • Simple
      January 29, 2014

      Mon dieu….seriously? Seems there is a lot we don’t know man.

  71. islandboi
    January 28, 2014

    What I want to see publicized is the MOU between DA and CHINA….What do we owe or have to give China back for all the grants they giving us.
    What is in this MOU..
    we give all you AIRPORT,STADIUM,STADIUM,all you give us in return half of ROSEAU?..
    Publicize the MOU…We all need to know what the deal is.

  72. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    This must be for one Yr

  73. art in Atl
    January 28, 2014

    dno it is 79 trips he left Dominica 61 times but went to 79 countries can u please correct this error

    • Bayside
      January 29, 2014

      Someone can make one trip, and during that trip make make different stops.

    • Simple
      January 29, 2014

      what? but Dominica good man….we have business with so many countries. Dca getting rich wi…

  74. Gee.
    January 28, 2014

    DNO I am not sure of the authenticity of these expences, but if that is true then I am really surprise that in five(5) years the Prime Minister’s expenses is only 270k?! I would honestly think that it would be in the region of one million dollars for the amount of work he has been doing out there,i believe then, if your figure is correct, the PM has been very modest in his travel expenses. So I’m really taken aback. I think you need to verify your source. However even with a million dollars that would be more than justifiable especially in light of what he has been able to achieve in his travels. I personally think, what you DNO should now do, is research and produce what the PM was able to achieve as a result of his travels, for that same period and place a monetary value on it,then you will see how much your figure presented is just a joke in comparison. It would only be fair, don’t you think..I am looking forward to seeing same published.

    • T
      January 28, 2014

      @Gee I can tell you SOME of his fantastic achievements.
      1. He has made you a beggar.
      2. He has crippled Dominica into being an extremely poor country.
      3. He has not been able to find employmnent for you.
      4. He has not found one way of improving the lot of the common man.
      HOPE YOU KNOW THAT SKERRIT HIMSELF KNOWS HIS POLITICAL FATE IN HANGING ON A THREAD.
      Yes he is a dunce, but he surely knows that he IS COMING UP against Linton this time around.

    • January 28, 2014

      Agree and well said. Who want to curse me for that, they are really wasting their time as I don’t really care. Compared to the millions that other prime ministers are spending on travels,
      PM SKERRIT is really saving them a lot of money.

    • john paul
      January 28, 2014

      Frankly I want to see the information on his unofficial trips to make a fair comparison,it is common knowledge that the Prime Minister is out of the Country as much as he is in.To use one of His phrases”half half”

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      It is not the responsibility of DNO to do any such thing

    • Too Late
      January 28, 2014

      aye aye DNO is GIS then to research skeritt achievements? But what happen to those laba there nuh?

    • Not Me Alone
      January 28, 2014

      @Gee. A well famous and local pastor, who was the (maybe still is} spritual advisor of Roosevelt Skerrit described Dominicans like this “Zor toe sort” which in English means ‘All you to stupid.’ Your comment sounds like a good fit here. How can one believe this to be true? Let’s forget about everything else and just think of this one: How could a blind, zort, laborite believe that between 2009 to December 2013, Skerrit only went to China one time on 22/7/2013?

    • Jay
      January 29, 2014

      Gee, with respect, it is Mr. Skerrit who is on the line here, not DNO. I’m sure mr. Skerrit can speak for himself and produce a cost/benefit analysis for his expenditure on behalf of his country.I would certainly welcome it.

  75. dlp distraction
    January 28, 2014

    my god allu gullible allu fall for d pm’s distraction skerro tired fooling alllu way pra pazzzzzz labour have dem

  76. change is a must
    January 28, 2014

    Hahahhha well first time I see the pm show off his travel expenses and stuff for public viewing ahahhah a well lennox u have them labourites by their balls hahhahha .even if u doe win the election lenoxx I must say that u did put on a vigourous fight for the salvation of our little country. Dam good gob lennox!!!!.

    • >>>>>>>>>>>
      January 28, 2014

      @change is a must The more LENNOX put pressure on the BALLS, the more you see the madnes in Skerrit. Can you remember it was he in all his arrogance who invited Lennox into the ring? Come into the ring, and tell me where you contesting for me to make you lose your deposit.
      I wish Lennox would whip you on your meg butt with a tamarind whip to make you speak proper english.

      • OOPS
        January 28, 2014

        @>>>>>>>>>> Boy you nah easy.

  77. Ebeh weh
    January 28, 2014

    It would be nice to know what “Official Business” entails.

  78. January 28, 2014

    Its good, Dominicans can read between the lines
    Too many holes in that list :-D :-D :-D

  79. Dominican for sure
    January 28, 2014

    Pm Travel all you can eh , to see how you can continue to take us to a higher level. We didn’t elect you to just seat down in Dominica. I am pretty sure of you were doing just that, they(the blue people) will call you all lazy that have and say you not a leader. Do what you have to do to help this country move forward. Our may projects didn’t just come about by you seating here in DA..

    • 4u2C
      January 28, 2014

      All the project skerro get were gift, non negotiated. That list is butchered!! Even with that butchered list what is there to show for it? Pj, OJ, Mamo< Edison, Rosie and Perro combined, travelled less and the country achieved plenty more……

      Poor people moner ….DLP must GO!!

      • T
        January 28, 2014

        @4U2C You spoke about projects not being negotiated. Would you take someond like Skerrit to negotiate on your behalf? Was he an english teacher. No wonder english in this country is in so many problems.
        HE REALLY NEEDS TO CALL THE ELECTION.

    • 4u2C
      January 28, 2014

      All the project skerro get were gift, non negotiated. That list is butchered!! Even with that butchered list what is there to show for it? Pj, OJ, Mamo< Edison, Rosie and Perro combined, travelled less and the country achieved plenty more……

      Poor people money ….DLP must GO!!

  80. euginia charles
    January 28, 2014

    But if its public funds, why wasn’t those information tabled in parliament, isn’t that the norm?.

  81. Breadnut
    January 28, 2014

    Mr Pm you are a joker so long you are running the country like your grandma left it for you, now you coming up with this little craps, like Dominicans went to school on the weekend when all teachers are home and only you and your boys attended Monday to Friday.OK I will take that , now let’s see a copy of the MOu with China

  82. Ashley
    January 28, 2014

    So you mean skerrit didn’t travel in November and December 2013? Papa zor, look tings. Ehben Lennox, you have powers. How come #22 is so much for the ST LUCIA trip – $15,486.33 – 29/9/2010 to 2/10/2010 – 4 days. What happened there?

    • art in Atl
      January 28, 2014

      there are several other discrepancy for example a 2 way ticket to Belize is over a $1000 ,check the USA Barbados st Lucia trip 1700 this is just travel expense trip 34 the airfare should be over $10000 note currency is $US

    • eyes to see
      January 28, 2014

      i was just thinking the same thing… the same for st. Vincent… explanation required

  83. Lady
    January 28, 2014

    These documents were presented by whom? Where is the official letterhead or stamp, or signature? I don’t believe anything the media comes up with these days when it involves politics. On all political sides there are seriously power hungry people who will do anything to prove the other “bad”. The politacal battle is on my fellow Dominicans, don’t be fooled.

    • Channel 1
      January 28, 2014

      @Lady – Fantastic observation. This document has no validation identification on it so it may well be fake or something somebody typed up to include ONLY what they wanted.

      This is not how things are done people especially when something is coming from the government office. We need to see a proper document with official letterheads and signature(s).

      DNO, did the document you receive have any official identification marks eg Prime Minister Office letterhead, signatures etc?

      We need to know.

  84. Three Shades of Blue
    January 28, 2014

    $273,468.19. is that US funds or EC funds DNO? and is his ticket expense included in that or is it only food, accommodation, leisure and so on and flight was not included in that. Because 61 trips would already amount to well over 200,000 EC Dollars and i would fail to believe that other expenses would be only 73,000 EC Dollars. One round trip to Hong Kong is about 6000EC And France, Canada, London, Morocco, etc. these are expensive tickets too. So this 61 trip figure of $273,468.19. needs clarification. thanks

  85. Erasmus B. Black
    January 28, 2014

    So, the Dear Leader’s travel bill is more than US $273,000. in 30 months. This works out to approximately US$9,100 per month. The sin of omission here is that in addition to the US$100. allowance for meals and the US$125.00 for out of pocket expenses, he also gets “reasonable hotel” which is relative. Therefore if he goes to Switzerland and the “reasonable hotel” there is US$800 per night, that what he gets. If he goes to the Sochi Olympics and “reasonable hotel” at that time is US$950.per night, so be it. He also gets reimbursed for “official calls” and “official transportation”. These travel allowances are contained in SRO 37 of 1995 that the then Labour Party opposition severely criticized when it was revised by the man they labelled the “Architect of Corruption” as the first order of business of his Government in 1995.

    What would be interesting to know is whether this travel list by the Dear Leader has been audited and reviewed by the Audit Department.

  86. Ma Doris/La Plaine
    January 28, 2014

    Guess US Vice President too one trip to Rome for the Pope’ inauguration and one trip for night only cost over $800,000US. President Obama trip to Africa last year cost more than US$1M. Thats not bad and we all can see the benefits.

    • angel
      January 28, 2014

      you cant compare Skerrit to Obama and the vice president the have to pay for security and most time when they are visiting somewhere the whole country tend to shut down so the have to pay for that.

    • Papa Dom
      January 28, 2014

      How does that compare to Dominica? Do those on welfare in America line up at the White House for money?

  87. BVI Resident
    January 28, 2014

    Some Dominicans too backward and simple-minded. Just the other day our news had the Minister of Education has already spent over $250,000 on travel expense and they have only been in power from 2011. So Mr. Skerrit is doing a mighty fine job…..

  88. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    Business meeting in your suite? I want a meeting so

    • A
      January 28, 2014

      lol

      • A
        January 28, 2014

        I thought.. hmmm is this business or personal? Room service!

  89. ti nom
    January 28, 2014

    that list is cochoni…1st off whoever documented this obviously was not needs to go back to school to learn some geography… new york is a country? london is a country? new jersey a country, or even miami? papa bondiay if that is how loosely they are documenting this then i cant imagine how they document other things..

    • MAN IN THE HILLS!!!!
      January 28, 2014

      Imagine the cost of a man trip on official business could be used to help REDUCE CRIME IN DOMINICA.$273,000 DOLLARS???? NO WONDER THEY TRAVEL THAT MUCH. TRAVEL TO PAY MORTGAGE AND SALARY TO SAVE AFTER THE COUNTRY ECONOMY HIT ROCK BOTTOM!!!!!!

    • Pot kettle
      January 28, 2014

      I am amazed by your audacity to criticize the collator’s lack of education when you seem to suffer from the same malady!

      Pot Kettle

  90. Dirty News
    January 28, 2014

    Sorry, Sorry, Sorry it is a hurtful feeling, but DNO and the pappy show gang will have to regroup after election. Your form of journalism is as bias as your party. At first reading your commentary I thought it would enlightened me. Your site is a fraud and hypocrite, what you claim which is Dominica News Online is completely false; instead, you are the foster child of the opposition party not a news worthy site. Nowhere have I read of such backwardness, hate and animosity as what you are spewing. Your articles are tasteless and shameless. Publishing what favors your party is pathetic.

    • warrington
      January 28, 2014

      WELL DON’T READ,DON’T LOG ON,DON’T BLOG.me myself when i want to laugh i LOG ON TO DNO. TO hell wiy you.

    • Channel 1
      January 28, 2014

      @Dirty News – Get thee hence!!!

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      who ask you to come on the site.BYe.Stay away

    • Nac Vibes
      January 28, 2014

      Oh please, give it a rest.

  91. intelligence
    January 28, 2014

    The PM is clearly intimidated by the opposition team!!! Comptiition is healthy he needs to stop all his seCrecy

  92. Listening!!!
    January 28, 2014

    Chavez died in early March 2013 and their was funeral service for him in Venezuela which PM Skerrit attended on the 8th March 2013.

    This is not part of his expense travel, an important trip that Dominicans would not have an issue with because of what Venezuela did for us and it is not there.

    So if this important trip is missing how many more trips are missing…..SMH. Please don’t take us for fools!!!!!!

    • .....
      January 28, 2014

      He probably travelled by chartered jet

      • Simple
        January 29, 2014

        Oh yes for real; rich folks normally use their own jets. hmm. so tax payers cannot claim this one.

    • VA resident
      January 28, 2014

      Something is amiss here. 5 trips to st,lucia. the 3rd trip according to the pm, for 3days costs 15,486.33 dollars, the 5th trip including travel to barbados, and the USA FOR 7 DAYS ,COSTS 1765.98 DOLLARS do the maths based on his disclosed figures.Now my fellow Dominicans, this guy really thinks he can fool us all the time, maybe his supporter, those blinded ones;those who get their red cheques every month. By simple elementary standard it is easy to deduce the blatant disregard that this guy HAS FOR THOSE OFF US WHO CAN SEE .HOW AWFUL?. He hangs himself by his own disclosure and deceit. “the truth must be revealed’ BE WISE FELLOW DOMINICANS .Thank God he mistakenly took off the noose from around our necks.

  93. Vanya
    January 28, 2014

    Interesting somethings the Public has being Questioning for many moons all of a sudden surface Without and Official heading etc…

    Guess the openness of the Team Dominica has caused The PM’s advisers to cunningly bring some info Across to make belief that he is above board.

    Skero boy u too late the arrow is shot already..

    You as a Juvenile Leader should have known Protocol when it comes to accountability.

    Look how Dominica has become a Toy island.

  94. Truth
    January 28, 2014

    travel to Venezuela only two or three times in three to four years , oh my ,,, that’s a lie

  95. intelligence
    January 28, 2014

    Even if I didn’t get a one in general Maths I’m not dumb and that information seems to inconsistant…please inform the PM he has to come over de radio or new statuon to annouce his where abouts and details…………does he look @ foreign leaderso n Internation new network to see how they do!??? Smh

    • Papa Dom
      January 28, 2014

      Well I got a u in basic math and an e in basic English and I too can see that this is just pure unadulterated utterrubbish. The civil servant who prepared this should be fired by skerritt because this person is an enemy.

      • Pot kettle
        January 28, 2014

        You too should be fired for the assassination of the English language!!

  96. curious
    January 28, 2014

    advance # 30 makes no sense, 18 – 23/6/2011 St. Vincent and $10,392.00. Who are they trying to fool? Not me

  97. SMH
    January 28, 2014

    Labourites lets just keep silent, you cant save these people from their stupidity, is at the poles we speaking, WE spoke in 2000, WE spoke in 2005, WE spoke in 2009……. and WE will speak again LOUD and clear come next election… We Shall NOT be Moved!!!!

    • Papa Dom
      January 28, 2014

      He who know not and knows not that he knows not is a fool! I forget what the rest says should be done to him.

    • ()
      January 28, 2014

      @SMH I am happy this time around you victory will be at the poles. Maybe your victory will be in the heights of Morne Dialbotin. Ours over this wicked and evil regime will be at the polls.
      HE IS A MAD MAN ALREADY!

    • Nac Vibes
      January 28, 2014

      Of course you will keep quiet, because honesty is clearly a problem for your leader and those who blindly follow him.

    • FuturePolitician
      January 28, 2014

      Now for you to talk and defend your Prime Minister you want to maintain your silence and speak at the poles? Shake My Head!
      #ChangeIsAMustNotAnOption

  98. Nancy
    January 28, 2014

    Mr. Skerrit you get a D+ for your sanitize version of travel expenses and a C- for tardiness. However you get a C+ for trying. Please turn in the complete late homework with all your travels for a complete grade. As of now your grade is and incomplete C- . That is not acceptable for the country and the high office of PM. If you don’t turn in the complete list you will have FAILED the course.

  99. 2 CuTe
    January 28, 2014

    Its sad when people speak without thinking !

  100. chow mien
    January 28, 2014

    DNO, please look carefully there are more than 61 trips, since many of the trips include multiple countries which are far apart.

  101. JoJo
    January 28, 2014

    Good to see opposition do their job.

  102. Skerrit_Bashing_Crew
    January 28, 2014

    But how come dem fellas saying our pm not transparent look he showing his trips for all to see , linton just jealous he cannot get custom made suits in Hong Kong.

    • Papa Dom
      January 28, 2014

      I like your sarcasm, hahahahaha

  103. UDOHREADYET
    January 28, 2014

    If the PM had a private Jet and used that jet for all travel then maybe allu would have something credible to discuss but the man flying on LIAT dealing with the nonsense allu dealing with and you want to open your mouth about his travels… Shut your mouth sacway malfini!

    • Papa Dom
      January 28, 2014

      You really doh ready yet

  104. souferiere ppl
    January 28, 2014

    This my PPL is in U.S Dollars :lol:

    That’s the part they didn’t tell you all

  105. UDOHREADYET
    January 28, 2014

    People that are questioning the Prime Ministers travels are just reaching for straws… they need something to talk about and criticize… look at how ridiculous the comments are… some comments are actually trying to decipher travel times versus money spent, you have to be really stupid or ignorant not to realize that your commenting on something you know nothing about! UDOHREADYET!

    • Nac Vibes
      January 28, 2014

      Then why are the comments bothering you so.

      Sorry, but all you so called die hard labour supporters, your holidays done.

      I am quite confident that even if labour wins the next election, their majority in the house will be severely cut. A more balanced house means better government and skerrit will have to behave. HOORAH!!!!

  106. January 28, 2014

    we all will travel plenty too just build that jet capacity airport,advertise the vancacy in the london financial times, were are sure to find a investor ,

  107. Doc. Love
    January 28, 2014

    There are two clichés that have always captivated me. One, “let sleeping dogs lie,” and the other, ” it is better to be considered a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubts.” It has been approximately two years since Mr. Hector John, leader of the Opposition, asked the Prime Minister for a travel report.2012 no report, 2013 no report, 2014 Mr. Linton and the United Workers Party’s A team did a little travelling, BOOM, the Prime Minister’s report appears. The money has already been spent, let sleeping dogs lie, you are only making Mr. Linton more popular then he already is.

  108. Papa Dom
    January 28, 2014

    So straight from the horse’s mouth. Skerritt has assets which cannot be explained by his legal income. How much more stupid can this guy get? I hope the IPO is tasking note. Oh I forget! They went to sleep under the bridge with the Paros. Skerritt boy you really expect the decerning public to believe this utterrubbish? And I’m not here referring to jacka????? Like TW and the rest.

  109. anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    he is the p m an have to about the an see other leads face to face .just that the information do not look good ,

  110. Toomatoe Tomato
    January 28, 2014

    Dominicans sees without a doubt the benefit of his travels and his Foreign Policy Relationships. No one can complain.

    He promotes the country in the best possible light and gets us good investments and benefits for the country. That is what we want in a PM and a Government.

    His negotiation skills are excellent. We cannot risk tampering with that and lose all his hard work and good friends of Dominica. Our excellent Foreign Policy is of the utmost importance for the continued development of Dominica.

    Good Job PM. Do we ever say Thanks. Thank You Honourable Prime Minister.

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      Tomato Tomato I like your sacarcism

  111. Diaspora
    January 28, 2014

    This is certainly not a true picture of the PM’s travel. That was released to put some balance but we know that is far from the truth. Stupess. I empathise with the public officers responsible, the PM is certainly not going to allow you to release the true picture; but we know. We are not foolish.

    • joe
      January 28, 2014

      Who released these figures?? We all know it didn’t come from the PMs’ Office, ask DNO who provided the info to them!!

      And ppl please remember the PM is also Min. of Foreign Affairs, this Ministry does entail alot of travel!!!

  112. anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    wow hello .are the sum of money in US$ or EC$.sorry the two bills do not add up you go for 6days 882.99 next 7 days an its 1,765$

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      different location, different travel costs. He also flies Liat too and we know how expensive they can be!

    • SMH
      January 28, 2014

      different places different prices.. DUHHH!!!!

    • joe
      January 28, 2014

      It is not as clear as what u see, these trips includes travel days, so the meals will vary accordingly!!!

  113. Stupesssssss
    January 28, 2014

    But what benefit Dominica getting form all those trips nah?????

  114. gwaj
    January 28, 2014

    I have to agree with the PM. The monies are not enough to support the trips in my opinion. If you stay in a hotel in London, it will be more than $250US a night. Yeah give the man a break. I am not into this party politics nonsense. When he is right say it, when he is wrong say it.

  115. change is a must
    January 28, 2014

    imaging that US$225.00 per day, per day and this is extra cash u=you know his fixed salary is not included, while civil servants that are more qualified than him working for scrap. Look wickedness…. change is a must!!!!!

    • Possie Proper
      January 28, 2014

      Where Lennox Qualification “””” You and you change is a must

      • Channel 1
        January 28, 2014

        @Possie Proper – Go and Roosevelt about de degree dem say he have in English and Psychology?

        Tell Roosevelt to post a copy of those two degrees of his they say he has for us to see.

      • observer
        January 28, 2014

        where skerritt own?

  116. Secrets Kill
    January 28, 2014

    It says a lot that this is even news. This should be a report available for public record on a regular basis with some sort of benchmark for the public to base it upon…not because of any mistrust of the sitting PM…but as a matter of citizens holding their leaders accountable.

    Furthermore, there should be a budget for Ministerial travel, and if the PM is within it then there is no reason for concern.

    This just reveals yet another area in which our systems need reform/maturity. Our political debates should not have to center around such basic state functions. Why is everything so darn secretive in Dominica?!

    • As I See It
      January 28, 2014

      Its public record and its documented, it has too…but the opposition has to make it look like something sinister.

      Hector John opposition leader is head of the public accounts committee that oversees all stuff like public financing

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      It is not about Why is everything so darn secretive in Dominica?!It is about The the kind of Politics that has taken over our Country. A Politics based on exploiting situations while creating perceptions in the public domain.

  117. linky
    January 28, 2014

    all of sudden

  118. Rule
    January 28, 2014

    First of all, this is laughable because the PM is finance minister and no one can verify these under-reported ridiculous spreadsheet. It seems the word transparency has taken a new twist for the PM, because he had to do this under tremendous pressure from the opposition. Isn’t this the same guy that said it’s none of our dam business where he goes and where he gets his money from, and we can go to hell! Well sir, it’s our dam business because it’s our money you’re using when you leave on these lavish trips.
    P.S. Why isn’t new jersey listed on there seeing it’s the headquarters of your illegal voters.

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      It is not about the word transparency which has taken a real twist in our country.The real twist is the kind of Politics we see facing our Nation.An example of this is your statement quote “PM is finance minister and no one can verify these under-reported ridiculous spreadsheet.” now why and how would someone like you make such ignorant and reckless statement believing it to be true without knowing how the finance of our country is monitored when it come to Public officials expenditures.Do you really think that The PM who is the finance Minister can do such a thing as you believe, wow. I must say the UWP, Team Dominica has really perfected the art of manipulation and deception teaching perception is truth.

  119. Change is a must
    January 28, 2014

    Well UWP causing waves in DA…. First time I see anything like that released by the PM…While you are at it PM…Please release the Memorandum of Understanding you made with China… That we want to see most of all.

  120. Long Tongue
    January 28, 2014

    Thank GOD for MR Linton and Team Dominican this is what u call Democracy

  121. Not Me Alone
    January 28, 2014

    Lenox, leave my PM alone!. In elementary school they taught me a little song that goes like this: ” make new friends but keep the old; One is silver and the other is gold. Lenox boy, although I going to try you as my new friend this time, I still love and concern about my old friend Skerro, whom I have tried for 14 years now. To be honest with you Lenox, I don’t like what you doing to my old friend. You have the man moving from one Margie to another. He still is my old friend and although you are my silver at this time, you have my old friend looking like dirt and I don’t like that.

  122. My Boy
    January 28, 2014

    DNO, that’s not news, its in the Gazette every month.

  123. Lougaoo Mem
    January 28, 2014

    THE HEAT IS ON!

    Well, well, well! Roosevelt Skerrit is finally feeling the heat. Who would really think that he would reveal his travel expenses? The Lougaoo Mem is applauding him for such move. As truthful as it may be, it’s too late and too little. You do not deserve an other term in office.

    Thank God! Team Dominica is making the unthinkable happen. Why now? Because the heat is on, and we shall continue to pour fuel till it gets hotter, The secrecy which is one of the hallmarks of your administration is in its last throws, so get ready, the next elections, more blows.

    • cot
      January 28, 2014

      what heat is on lougaoo man? keep on fooling alluselves…choops..

    • Gary
      January 29, 2014

      That Team Dominica you’re applauding for,I hope they reveal who they are really playing for.

  124. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    All of a sudden then….chupz tan

  125. Serious
    January 28, 2014

    But what allyucomplaining about. Lennox is not even PM he already travel 5 states already. Europe is next. So who allyou fooling to say money come from your pockets.Where are $5 and $10 donations from poor people.
    Allyou too wicked… jealousy.. The man is the PM and we are seeing the returns on his travel.
    What did Lennox and Thompson bring back .. Dabar and parlez…… PM we rolling in 2014 who vex burst.

  126. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    Sometimes you just get fed up with the same questions. The man is not doing nothing wrong.

  127. St. Joe Massive
    January 28, 2014

    This does not include 400.00US per day and tickets and other changes. we talking millions of dollars here.

  128. Top Civil Servant
    January 28, 2014

    Travel advances/Subsistence Allowances are govern by LAW. SR&O 37 of 1995. The PM and President receives the Highest. Meals US$125 out of Pocket US$100.

    Ministers, Leader of Opposition Speaker Meals US$100 out of pocket US$80

    PS, Cop, Dir of Audit, Sol Gen DPP Meals US$75 out of pocket US$60

    All other ranks Meals US$60 out of pocket US$40

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      And the point is? Please explain.

      • Malgraysa
        January 30, 2014

        It is obvious. Some shall eat more than others.

    • LAW!
      January 28, 2014

      Since we on the topic of LAW, what does the constitution say about

      1. Selecting a President & the need to consult
      2. Prime ministers holding dual citizenship

      • Simple
        January 29, 2014

        LOL. The law is not too clear on that one…

  129. Helas!
    January 28, 2014

    I am not so bothered at the number of times that the PM travels as the complete secrecy at times of travel and the failure to be open and transparent at the time and after the travels.

    Yes and naturally the cost is not complete, the cost of tickets, suit , acting appts for others etc.

    I really wonder what is the true value of our national debt.( with not spins and omissions )

    • As I See It
      January 28, 2014

      Its public record and its documented, it has too…but the opposition has to make it look like something sinister.

      Hector John opposition leader is head of the public accounts committee that oversees all stuff like public financing

  130. TW
    January 28, 2014

    Length of stay accounts for the amount.
    I hate this political bias.

    Whether he goes to st. Lucia or Antarctica it’s the same amount issued.
    30 days x 225 usd x 2.7169 exchange rate = 18339.08
    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that the figures are normal. You’re talking about the Prime Minister not a Paro washing cars

  131. hey
    January 28, 2014

    is this correct????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/ Please review

  132. von
    January 28, 2014

    Simple Mathematics (each day PM is out)x (%400.00 USD per day) = total amount collected for the trip.. If you want a reference call Sean Douglass or ask crazy to release the Sean tapes smh !

    :mrgreen: :-D 8) :?:

  133. Castle Bruce
    January 28, 2014

    Important to take into consideration are the benefits of these trips. I say clearly that Dominicans can say without bias that they have seen the returns from these overseas trips and minimal expense. God Bless you PM.

  134. john bess
    January 28, 2014

    This is just a drop in the bucket,skerrit needs to be grounded,its time for him to take a permanent flight out !

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      Keep on dreaming!

  135. Not Me Alone
    January 28, 2014

    How laughable! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! OMG! What a joke from a joker PM. Skerro, all jokes aside, when my 7 year old girl saw that he said “But Dad I could prepare that for him.” He went on to say “All I need is a computer, printer, and some dates and I would prepare something much convincing than what the Prime Minister produced.” Oh What a BIG JOKE! That sure made my day because it helped me to laugh ALL my problems away. Skerro on the hook boy!

    • Mr. Bojangles
      January 28, 2014

      You are a liar, because you cannot even get the SEX of your child right…you said your 7 year old girl, yet you refer to the child as ‘he’….stop the lies!

      • Not Me Alone
        January 28, 2014

        @ Mr. Bojangles, thanks for your observation. Just accidently left out the ‘S’. Just a typo but the one that really lying you cannot see it eh? When Skerrit tells the nation that between 2009 to 2013 he only visited China once, you should see how blind you are to truth.

  136. oppal
    January 28, 2014

    so what you trying to prove really? I cant believe i voted these guys in the last time. Hurry up and call election tan! lemme right my wrongs

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      You just can’t handle the truth. Be careful what you ask for you just might get it.

  137. grell
    January 28, 2014

    people wake up this is nothing for a worl leader,thats little money,thats a right the pm has,Hector finf something else.

    • Confused.com
      January 28, 2014

      Grell

      Your comment is convoluted. What are you trying to say?

      You should spend a few minutes to review your comments before you press the ‘Post a Comment’ button.

  138. Not again
    January 28, 2014

    That’s it? Our company VP took 49 trips last year and it cost the company $340K. I guess the PM is not that bad after all.

    • Helas!
      January 28, 2014

      Ok, total cost, What is our total cost?

  139. rescue 911
    January 28, 2014

    i can hear skerrit saying.*but why those people so much in my damn business.for all i care they can all go to hell*

  140. Hurtault
    January 28, 2014

    Clearly if that’s the expense report. It’s fair not too expensive,

  141. mike
    January 28, 2014

    wooooy oooooyooooy
    papa mizet look traveling, what happen to telephone, emails
    and to produce what

    • HNIC
      January 28, 2014

      even in my business i have to travel! This year alone gonna cost a lot to travel. E-mail from a PM as a formal proposal? Clearly you know nothing about business.

      • mike
        January 28, 2014

        obviously you know how to run down a business with traveling expenses

        sot

  142. Jah Fond Cole
    January 28, 2014

    obviously it would be that high cuz the man travelling all those times and he have to eat, hotel and taxi. what is allu point? Most of those places are very expensive. Is not like he getin a discount even if he is a Prime Minister.

    • wow
      January 28, 2014

      The state pays for the hotel you know. Its his advance that’s there

      • Malgraysa
        January 28, 2014

        Good observation. Do these figure include hotel reservations and airline/charter fees, especially the latter as they would be paid direct by Govt.

  143. USA
    January 28, 2014

    People please help me do some math.. ok 61 official trip from December 20.2009 to date. cool
    So we have 4 years and 1 month, a total of 12×4= 48+1 = 49 months. 61/49 = 1.25
    According to this report, the prime minister is out on official Government business 1.25 time a month. HELLO ????

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      That’s his job. How low can you get the is the leader of a nation. DIRTY DIRTY POLITICS.

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      1.25 times for how long?

    • Jay
      January 28, 2014

      This can not possibly be the full story. For instance in 2010 I count 28 trips over a total of 132 days. That means first of all, that Mr. Skerrit was out of the country for more than a third of that year (36.16%). Secondly, at U.S.$. 225/day his “per diem” would have been U.S.29,700 or E.C.80,487 ( E.C.$.6,707.25/month). for that year alone.
      In light of this I suspect that the total expenditure of E.C.$.273,468.19 quoted for the period 5 Jan. 2010 to 16 Oct. 2013 does not include hotel costs, airline tickets and/or charter costs and incidentals such as gifts and possibly members of his own security detail, who may have accompanied him.

  144. Hurtault
    January 28, 2014

    Clearly “potential prime minister”, Mr. Lennox Linton,causes some nervousness amongst the Dominica Labor party members. This is the first time we, Dominicans, have seen the prime minister’s travel expense report. Interesting and Why now?

    • Bogoroy
      January 28, 2014

      DNO: “The documents were in response to queries by opposition leader and MP for Salisbury Hector John concerning the travels of the prime minister.”

      • Roy Williams
        January 28, 2014

        Approximately two years Mr. Hector John requested a travel report from the Prime Minister. It would appear that he didn’t care or maybe it was none of our darm business .It took Mr. Linton the Prime Minister in waiting to get a response. We are still waiting for a response as regards the $2.5 million which were allegedly spent by his lawyer friend on his behalf.

    • HNIC
      January 28, 2014

      It has been requested so it is produced. If she did not give it then you guys will say that he has something to hide. be objective and do not support blindly.

      • afan
        January 28, 2014

        this wasn’t requested last week or even a month or two ago, this request, from all reports, was made more than two years ago. and if this is in response to a public request, who is this info coming from? cause we see no government letter head, was this deliberate to after come out and accuse others of spreading propaganda? lets see how this plays out, i for one think that this is too much spent on travelling when we are unaware of the reasons or the success of those little trips…. if things rough and we are constantly asked to do the belt tightening schemes why those who lead seem to have no belt?

    • Helas!
      January 28, 2014

      TRue and it is incomplete. Also airfare? hotel ? etc. and I guess some travels could have been done on our time but paid by other persons and other persons benefit. The word official business does not say much.

      I will not believe the number of times , be at the airport as often as I am and you will understand.

    • ????????????????
      January 28, 2014

      THE LINTON EFFECT HAS HIM MAD. He is swallowing down his arrogance now.

  145. Frenz
    January 28, 2014

    How many of us believe that Skerrit traveled only 9 times in 2013? Now note the year 2010 he traveled 26 times.
    Note also that the documents show that he did not travel in November nor December of 2013. When did he sign that document with the Chinese company who leaked the information on line.
    The fact is how are we suppose to honor such a report from a man and his team who have repeatedly lied under all different circumstances. Besides that why should I believe this document when the people are not informed of the PM’s travels; not even his cabinet members know about his travel.

    One thing I know for sure is that the people will never see documents showing his travel history using the French passport- that I know for sure.

    • Lougaoo Mem
      January 28, 2014

      Good observation! From one with little credibility, I am not too enthuse with anything he says or report. Lies, lies, lies, render you zero credibility in the eyes of the honorable constituents.

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      I saw him at a fund raiser in the Bronx in December. This Itinerary is incorrect and misleading.

      • SMH
        January 28, 2014

        This wasn’t Official business, this trip came from his own pocket, it doesn’t need to be in the report.

      • Sensible
        January 28, 2014

        I am sure u see the “purpose of trip” and “official business in ALL the columns. The man private trips r not included. I guess u looking for his trip to US to meet his son and wife after the birth too eh…..

    • Asterix
      January 28, 2014

      @Frenz very good point re the signing of the so called deal with the Chinese company to build the International Airport. The signing date was stated as November 8th 2013. I guess he signed it by remote control.

    • haha
      January 28, 2014

      lol, Skerrit better don’t put our modified records because the lies will come out bright and clear.

  146. lol
    January 28, 2014

    Well well well, alas Dominicans time for us to wake yup, the PM travelling all over the place on tax payers money, NOT HIS MONEY, yet he wants to complain about UWP who are paying there own passages and staying by peoples home. PM please you should be the last one to talk, eh Las what will save Dominica from this mess we ware in

    • workweworking
      January 28, 2014

      Skeritt stop being such a hater, Leave our Lennox alone.

  147. careforall
    January 28, 2014

    labor must win again you uwp has a big hill to go up!

  148. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014

    these prices are they in EC or US??????????

    • Jah Fond Cole
      January 28, 2014

      obviously it would be EC. Are we a US country? stupes

      • Anonymous
        January 28, 2014

        Acctually, the ECD is not recognised in any of those countries so it must be in USD!! duhhhhhhh!!

    • rescue 911
      January 28, 2014

      US.so we still have to multiply that by $2.67

      • Student
        January 28, 2014

        buying rate.. 2.7169

    • Bayside
      January 28, 2014

      Travel advances are never issued in US dollars, they are issued in EC dollars. If the person traveling wants US dollars to travel with, then they have to go to the bank to buy the US dollars.

  149. mnmmm
    January 28, 2014

    wow thats a lot of travelling best i become PM man …

    • ??
      January 28, 2014

      No wonder Linton want to be PM. Look he already start traveling but has nothing to show for it.

      • Toomatoe Tomato
        January 28, 2014

        Interesting? You mean not even an MP? Or a Senator as yet? You have to be one of these before you can be the PM. And we already love the Prime Minister of Dominica we have and we are not changing him.

        Come to think of it; Where is he running? After all, Mr. Prevost or Mr. James can step down and cause a by-election to see if the party leader can win a seat.

  150. Norm
    January 28, 2014

    Boy we have you on the ropes Skerrit. What didn’t upu release thes enumbers earlier? Team Dominica remain focus and keep on working………

    Victory is sooner than we think. Don’t take your eyes off the price.

    • bomboclat
      January 28, 2014

      All you was singing the same tune wii last general election AND he catch all you with all you pants down and all you tail between all you black bottom. So behave yourself! Come next general election for a very RUDE awakening.

      • Jah Kal
        January 28, 2014

        If u don’t have northing to say don’t speak u sound so foolish u a cursing Dominicans and they don’t no. we leaving in the tri states we no what it mean that’s what skerrit have as his supporter what a shame.

  151. my word
    January 28, 2014

    This is the first time we have seen such great openness. We will be happy if the figures for the UWP Eddo will be shown from 1995-1999 ( dec 31).

    We the people are also hoping that the UWP provide us the people with a comprehensive source and breakdown of expenditure of their WORLD TOUR .

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2014

      Shut your is not all damn business where uwp get their money from go to hell they not spending tax payers money so they don’t need to give you an account of it.

      • Bogoroy
        January 28, 2014

        Wooosh too toosh!!!!!!

    • please
      January 28, 2014

      don’t come with sarcasm here…..is it tax payers’ money that is being used to finance UWP, as you call it ‘world tour’?….Is it???? so why do they have to disclose this information???? The only person who should ensure transparency with dealings of the nation’s finance is the party currently in power…when they; UWP, becomes the ruling party then you can ask of them what you are asking now… but for now…”Its none of your business…go to hell, go to hell”…take this last statement put it in your sarcastic pipe and smoke it!!!!!!

  152. rescue 911
    January 28, 2014

    and thats not all .because i didnt see the resent ones

  153. unkown
    January 28, 2014

    this is so stupid smh the opposition arguing about where the pm has been to n the cost while it have soooo many unemployed young people out dere struggling to get a job why dont they focus on that n how they can help better/solve these current problem!!!

    • A A
      January 29, 2014

      they can help by reducing the amount to ridiculous and useless and unprofitable spending the government is doing.

  154. Bogoroy
    January 28, 2014

    PM Skerrit: “$100 US per day for meals and I believe $125 US for out of pocket expense…When I go on state business and I have to meet with people….if I invite business people to my suite to have a meeting and I order room service and that bill comes up to $200 US, I cannot ask the treasury to refund me that. It comes from my out of pocket and meals.”

    Alas! The PM cannot even wine and dine his guests comfortably? Lol! Bagai mal.

    • bomboclat
      January 28, 2014

      Leave him mal because if he was spending big money on them you would say he rich. I hope you self rich. Bagai mal my bottom boy all you Dominicans just sickening. Atleast he doesn’t make bomb like some of all you.

      • Bogoroy
        January 28, 2014

        Lolz! Don’t burst a vein my broddah. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • bomboclat
      January 28, 2014

      I wouldn’t gige you the satisfaction. I can never burst my brain on rubbish like you.

    • Malgraysa
      January 30, 2014

      Mr. Skerrit. Isn’t room service added to your hotel bill? As far as I know that is the way it is normally done.

  155. Oh Yes
    January 28, 2014

    This response is modified and suited to manipulate the public. We need to know more. Why so late? You are responding to a new way of doing political business in Dominica and this creating fear in you, slowly, slowly…

    • Simple
      January 29, 2014

      Seriously????….that is a trip I wanted to go to. After all, that was PAPA Chavez funeral…and it should be on the list for sure. Let me check it.

  156. Hurtault
    January 28, 2014

    Clearly MR. LINTON’S TEAM causes some nervousness amongst the Dominica Labor party members. This is the first time we, Dominicans, have seen the prime minister’s travel expense report. Interesting and Why now?

  157. Annoyed @ PM
    January 28, 2014

    ONE QUESTION…….WHY NOW???

    • ????????????????
      January 28, 2014

      2Annoyed @PM BECAUSE HE IS DEAD SCARED.

  158. lol
    January 28, 2014

    nxt time take me with u mr. pm

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