Linton sticks to promise of $25,000 of recovered CBI funds to each Dominican household

Linton raises Anette Sanford’s hand at the launch of the Salybia candidate

The leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has reiterated his party’s decision, if it becomes the next government, to give $25,000 to each household in Dominica once the 1.2 billion dollars in revenue from the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme which he has said is missing from the 2019-2020 national budget, has been recovered.

Linton first made the disclosure at a public meeting of his party in Roseau on November 8 shortly after Prime Minister Skerrit announced the date for the next general election. The statement evoked much criticism from his political opponents and raised some eyebrows in not-so partisan circles.

He repeated that promise at the launch on Sunday, November 11, of UWP Salybia candidate, Anette Sanford but this time, with a special note for benefit of his critics.

“I know a lot of people especially those who don’t listen to me carefully, are asking questions about 25 thousand dollars from your passport billions going into each household in Dominica,” Linton stated. “It cannot be; it cannot be that money belonging to the people that would have gone into the private coffers of Skerrit and his friends if we had not pointed out, detected the discrepancy and stood with you the people of Dominica to get it back, it cannot be that that money is returned or we succeed in getting it back that you, the people of Dominica don’t feel directly the benefit of your money. So we will ensure that once that money is returned at least $25,000 will go to each household in the Commonwealth of Dominica.”

He believes that it will create a huge stimulus for the economy and will send a message that the people’s money belongs to the people and they are the ones that must benefit from it.

“Be clear, be very clear that this is not about money to influence votes or to give Labourites or to give Workers, or to give Freedomites or to give Pappyites,” he stressed. “This money that belongs to every single Dominican and all the families of Dominica, all the households in Dominica will benefit.”

He pointed out that some of the recovered revenue will be used to take care of other vital interests, “but some of that money would have to go directly to the people of Dominica. That is our pledge and that is how we will go forward.”

Linton insisted, “We will find the people’s money where the people’s money has been hidden or diverted and we’ll return that money to the people of Dominica.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit issued a warning to his audience pounced on the opportunity afforded at the DLP endorsement ceremony for its Soufriere candidate, Denise Charles on Sunday, November 12, to warn Dominicans that if the UWP’s promise is kept, Dominica will not have enough money for long term development.

“You cannot give hungry people to share food…people will not get to eat. You give every family $25,000, you go by courts and you buy the furniture, what happens the next day, what happens in the next five years when you spend the money in one day?” he asked.

He said every time he attended parliament to obtain approval for the ‘Red Clinic’ which is now called ‘The Rapid Response Agency’, the United Workers Party opposed it.

The prime minister complained that even after visiting the homes of Dominicans and sitting down with them to find out how they live, he still gets accused by the opposition of giving people ‘handouts’.

He said that he has already used his own money to assist Dominicans with their basic needs and has run up an overdraft facility at the National Bank of Dominica (NBD) in an excess of forty thousand dollars on his personal savings where he created the ‘Public Assistance Program’ which has helped many persons across Dominica.

“If someone wants to lead a country,” Skerrit said, “you must first love people and know their needs, frustrations and dreams.”

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44 Comments

  1. Dominican
    November 15, 2019

    The promise: $25,000.00
    The alleged stolen funds: $1.2 billion (1,200,000,000.00).
    Dominica’s average population: 70,000.00
    The math: 70,000.00 X 25,000.00 = $1,750,000,000.00.

  2. November 14, 2019

    Well, I notice that thumbs ratings are in the positive against Lennox, except for his puppet %, everyone is saying how foolish!

    I wonder why his usual puppets are hiding from this one? Is it possible that for them, it is too hard to swallow? Good Lord!

    I wonder how Lennox is going to take this kind of madness back–especially that he announced it two times. Man, you have made matters worse for yourself, wee!

  3. Eagle-Eyed
    November 14, 2019

    Linton’s eyes in this photo look like he could do with some sleep or he’s probably high on something or could it be the look of despair at the prospect of another term in opposition? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • Loulou
      November 15, 2019

      Look of despair and aging faster than TIME. I’ve never seen someone got so old within months. Pressure pon them

  4. Lin clown
    November 14, 2019

    I wonder how STUPID these UWP supporters can get.LINTON SAID IN HIS OPINION,OPINION,OPINION .HIS OPINION,1.2 billion is missing.That is the JACK A opinion IT IS NOT A FACT.

  5. Eagle-Eyed
    November 14, 2019

    I know that Linton got thrown out of school without completing his secondary education but that is no reason to treat Dominicans as fools. Everybody know that Lennox came up with his bogus figure of missing CBI money to use as a slogan for his election campaign but when he goes further promising Dominicans $25,000 a head to vote for him from this non-existent pot of money, that’s really taking the ‘MICKIE’.

  6. I farmer
    November 14, 2019

    That’s the spirit ! Buy those votes.

  7. November 14, 2019

    He is saying if he recover the money so which means he can say he did no recover it and how is to know what happen after that can you imagine giving every Dominican $25.000 each this would make people go crazy this guy don’t make no cense at all is like saying I will give every Dominican $25.000 to vote for me and after election tell them that not what I said talking about bribery

    • dee
      November 14, 2019

      Wallace
      don’t pretend you cannot read English , don’t pretend to be an idiot . The opposition Leader clearly stated ”HOUSE HOLD”
      different to what you are saying ”every Dominican ”
      can I emphasize a ”household” could be a family of 7 or 2 so what you are trying to imply only make you look like a joojoo, a pappyshow , a zierre zierre .

      • November 15, 2019

        2 dee
        call it what you want house hold is house hold if you are very smart or smatter than me you would understand what I write but you are so shallow minded and have little brain and time to think that you did not make cense before replying keep calling people all the names you want many returns to you those names look like you …….

  8. Jayson
    November 14, 2019

    You all don’t understand the gravity of the fraud Skerrit has pulled on the Dominican people. If each household in Dominica consisted of ONLY 3 PEOPLE, less than half of that 1.2 Billion dollars would be used.

    But as for now, it’s only Skerrit that has the keys and location to that money so only he and his top boys will benefit.

    As Rosie Douglas and the REAL LABOR PARTY used to say ALL SHALL EAT!!

  9. AA
    November 14, 2019

    Linton in as much as i want to see skerrit go. That is a promise i Will not make. I would be happier if you said you Will help every house if the Money is recovered, i Will feel better.
    How do we even know the Money is around.
    Do not make empty promises.
    We need job opportunities and means og earning out own pay

  10. Garvey
    November 13, 2019

    How can some of you see Mr. linton faults but cannot see Skerrit’s.

  11. Food
    November 13, 2019

    Doesn’t Mr. Linton know that this would cause terrible inflation in the country!

  12. November 13, 2019

    This man is really a mad, mad, mad man, eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    $25 000.00 to each household, is he saying that he is going share those so-called 1.2 billion dollars of his mind, with the majority of Dominicans who do not support him at this moment.

  13. Nana-Lain
    November 13, 2019

    NO MONEY LEFT!!!! They built hotels , schools, houses , bridges ,stadium ,hospitals, clinics AND the airport is already paid for. No Money Left.

  14. Ti Garcon
    November 13, 2019

    Linton is like Hillary Clinton, but with less guts. Nobody wants Trump it like nobody likes Hillary either. This reckless statement may cost him the elections. I was very disappointed that they decided to contest in the 1st place. For years they been saying no electral reform no elections. They shoulda known what that meant and the consequences. Not contesting the elections and Skerrit winning 21 seats but regional peer pressure would ensure rigid reforms and an election within 1-2yrs. But like fools they jumped when skerrit said jump. Now you are legitimizing skerrits charade. What happen if u win 11 seats? What happens if you lose with 10? UWP has no spine.
    Even then to win they needed things to go their way and this statement doesn’t help. As someone noted- are you trying to out-skerrit skerrit?

  15. Eggleston born and bread
    November 13, 2019

    I can just imagine if he is giving every Tom Dick and Harry 25.000 how much he will give himself
    He is in heavy dept
    Mr P Burns is waiting
    But put all jokes aside don’t you agree that Linton is a mental case
    I wonder what is in his head
    Linton need to take his medication every day
    The man is stone mad

  16. look it
    November 13, 2019

    Very interesting article, people the first loyalty belongs to you, so let us go for it. Where else in the world will get $25,000.00 to cast a vote. But wait a minute. A bird in thy hand is worth two in the bush. If I find the money’s. This worth to be considered. Suppose he does not find the money’s, can we all take him to court for breach of promise. I need that money within six months of he is in office. Go for it.

  17. Zeb
    November 13, 2019

    He can make this promise because he knows damn well there is no CBI funds to recover, I always thought Skerit was a joke but it look like Mr. Linton is the bigger joker. I give up on UWP.

  18. November 13, 2019

    so you people dont think that can happen if the money is recovered?
    Why are you people so dum

  19. November 13, 2019

    this year every Alaskan received $1603 from the government.Every year Alaskans benefit from the oil money. So why cant domincans benefit from all that passport sell while all other people benefit from it.

    • Ras B
      November 14, 2019

      Colihaut, What part of $25,000 per household resembles $1,603? You compare activities in the USA, a country with multiple streams of income with Dominica who now under Dr. Skerritt relies solely on passport sales!!

    • November 14, 2019

      @colihaut, but who said they are not benefiting?

      Where do you think all of the money, which is being used to rebuild roads, bridges; building new houses for people who lost their homes through Hurricane Maria and Tropical storm Erika and all the other one on one things which is happening in Dominica came from?

      If Linton really believes that there is so much money missing and he will retrieve that money, why don’t he promise to use it to invest in some kind of enterprise to create jobs for the people, instead of talking about giving $25 000.00 to every household–isn’t that sounding like a fairytale to you?

      And they all lived happily forever after–how much more childish and silly can a grown man be; one who wants to take the “highest seat” over us? Stuuuuuuupes!

  20. 5 more years
    November 13, 2019

    Pure crap lennox linton just ful of …. u big damn lier u coming with yr bribe to win dominicans who ganna believe u linton man go take a rest on Dec 6…

  21. November 13, 2019

    This man will say anything to get elected. This is shameless bribery, this is exactly what he is accusing DLP of doing

  22. Ras B
    November 13, 2019

    Mr. Linton, I have already suggested that you should ride the blue wave and not get drunken by it. These outlandish statements wreak desperation and emptiness and do nothing to suggest that you would be a responsible leader. Please stay away from these empty promises. These promises will not attract any votes.

    May I suggest that you look around you, in world politics, do you find any prospective leader living or dead made or making any such outlandish promises?

    You promised to reemploy every civil servant who has been victimized by the Dr Skerrit regime and to compensate them heavily. In your promise, it would seem that one would just have to claim victimization to gain compensation. I advised you that you should temper you offer, by maybe modifying your statement to be anyone who has suffered proven victimisation after the necessary enquiry will be reinstated and compensated. Now you come with a pie in the sky offer. Surely the intelligentsia of your party should advise.

  23. Danziger
    November 13, 2019

    PM nous, di E sa ba mwen encore et encore cuz we voting LABOUR AGIAN. Charleur ka montée si moun yo ka dayparlay.

  24. zandoli
    November 13, 2019

    In this part of the word political parties sometimes run their ideas through focus groups to see if they have any traction. I think these guys should have run this by some ordinary people to see if it would be a liability.
    They come across as a bunch who will say anything to get into office. That is not a good sign. UWP has been known to come up with some stupid ideas. That is definitely one of them.

  25. jamie
    November 13, 2019

    Skerrit ,where is the money,Lennox is not lying,put the money back or to better use,stop being dishonest to your supporters man,tell the truth for once.

  26. Man bites dogs
    November 13, 2019

    Mama look a booboo this guy is king of idiots do not take any notice of Lennox Linton, this guy is a dreamer and a loser just having a laugh 😂 he likes publicity by winding people up Linton has always been up to mischief as a boy I used to think someone has put a spell or Curse on him he already know Mr Skerrit will be giving him a good hiding. I can bet he goes home every night and cry take a look at his photos every picture tells a story, I would not like to meet him in a dark place at night no boy what!!!

  27. %
    November 13, 2019

    What I like and admire with this patriotic son of the soil Lennox Linton,is his determination to find our money for us wherever it is hidden by unscrupulous Misleaders. I pledge my vote to UWP candidate, Sikiri in Roseau South, the man that is going to “plishay”, Chekira..
    Who knows this lady Chekira? I give Sikiri a victory margin of 500votes, but it could be bigger!!!
    Lintonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

  28. Look 👀 It
    November 13, 2019

    You hear lies now look lies! Are there still jokers in the pack of cards. How many people with all their marbles or chromosomes would actually believe that myth! Are you implying that missing billions will be a welcome gift to you, if so you are the perfect example of madnesses!
    The legal scholars, the economist, the political science scholar and last but not least, the advisors, tell Lennox, such madness should not be spoken to educated people.
    How often does Lennox use derogatory terms to destroy and depict the standard of living in 🇩🇲 every day. Now the same island that’s so poor, has rivers of 💰 I never realized that the Layou River dryness is due to the money that has started flowing upstream, waiting for Lennox when he gets in power the money will be floating downstream. This is the height of desperation and delusion. You are against giving the elderly, the marginalized, sick and poor, now you get feelings of giving away what isn’t yours! Mamma I Must vote for my $£€¥&%

  29. Me
    November 13, 2019

    Tell it to him again

    • Barbara Saunders
      November 14, 2019

      Well, well
      Here comes the blue clinic!

      And of course it has to be even more lavish than the red clinic!

      Now that the impact of what was said is beginning to sink in, it is now to come from the recovered billion. Of course the billion will not be recovered as it has gone into housing and other developments,(I still maintain Mr. skerrit was wrong not to respond formally to the information requested) so here we go with the usual damage control and covering of embarassing tracks.

      So my people who might have been salivating over the expected $25,000 from the coming blue clinic, it will not be recovered and if I manage by some freak accident to get into the PM’s seat, I had told you before that the money was conditional on me recovering it from the coffers of Skerrit and company.

      You people are not supposed to be sufficiently intelligent to work this one out. I have pulled so many others over SOME OF YOU that I am now in overreach mode!

  30. zandoli
    November 13, 2019

    I think that is the height of irresponsibility. Is Linton trying to out-Skerrit Skerrit?

  31. Herbert Volney
    November 13, 2019

    $25,000 to each household of the CBI $1.2B ‘once recovered’!
    This is a fine example of ‘pie in the sky’. Any Dominican, or for that matter, anyone, who remotely believes of the existence of this allegedly missing $1.2B CBI monies, deserves Lennox Linton. Vote for him so that he can find non-existing money somewhere so that you can get $25,000 when he finds it. That is the kind of garbage being thrown on the hustings by Lazy Linton to lazy persons who do not work and who do not want to work for their own $25,000. Those who feel that they will get $25,000 from the ‘missing CBI billion dollars’ are not Labour voting Dominicans or those Dominicans with the basic common sense to know pie in the sky.

  32. Taj
    November 13, 2019

    Continue your lies Mr. P.M

  33. Honest
    November 13, 2019

    Is this some kind of a joke?
    This is nothing more than a CRY of DESPERATION to av ert an election land slide on December 6th.
    Mr linton, in other to WIN ELECTIONS you have to SHOW LEADERSHIP. None of which you have accomplished. Additionally, that 1.2 billion you keep quoting, put aside your hatred for Skerritt and drive around our beloved country, Dominica and asked yourself, did we not just survive a Catastrophe CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE?

    • I Hear You
      November 13, 2019

      You could not have said it any better. I wonder what he would say to Dominicans when the record show the money was spent on Dominica.

  34. June
    November 13, 2019

    Blah blah blah
    Dont’t let me take back my vote. Stop embarrassing me eh

  35. mine
    November 13, 2019

    How can you recover fund with no proof on of your opinion. Promising money three weeks before election is bribery.People should not fall for that so Lenox you are offering people the jumbee money. Dominicans must be very very careful.

    • Danziger
      November 16, 2019

      And not any Jumbee is Jumbee carrefour, Jumbee quart chemin and Jumbee cemetry. These are dangerouse JUMBEE and when you doh pay them they will beat or eat you.

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