Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has admonished members of the Roosevelt Skerrit led administration who he claims, are extorting sexual favors from women who come to them for assistance.
Speaking at the UWP “Youth In IT Too” rally at St Joseph on Sunday, Linton referred to the ministers who allegedly engage in such activities as rape and noted that there is no honor in a government who harbors them.
“There can be no honor in a government that harbors rapist ministers and upholds extortion of sexual services from young people seeking the facilitation of ministers to get personal development assistance from the public purse.”
The UWP leader has recently come under intense criticism from the Dominica Labour Party for his comments on this issue. DLP operatives claim that in his remarks, Linton is accusing young Dominican women of “prostituting themselves” when they seek assistance from government ministers.
But according to Linton, the stories are countless and he referred to a young woman who reported that a minister of government “forced himself” on her when she went to him seeking assistance.
“There is a report, in the police station filed on the 19th June, 2013 by a young lady who was seeking assistance from a minister of government who asked her to come to his home and who at his home at 12:15 on that day, tried to force himself on her and these hypocrites in the government who condone that, they have their big people all around the country telling lies about Lennox Linton doh like women,” he told the St. Joseph gathering.
Linton added that he loves the women of Dominica and is disgusted when Ministers of Government “prostitute our young women for public assistance from the purse.”
He emphasized that he will stand for the women of Dominica and promised to ensure that such indignities never happen in the governance affairs of Dominica.
“When we cover up this disgraceful ministerial conduct where will we find the moral authority to ensure protection of our young people in particular from sexual abuse? Is it any wonder that we have gone nowhere very fast in resolving this national crisis, notwithstanding non-stop lip service from all quarters.”
Meanwhile, Linton said that the UWP will “rise” to ensure that the young people in Dominica are employed, independent and able to build sound foundations.
According to him, with a UWP government, young people aged 16 will be able to own a family vehicle license.
“We rise to enable our young people to have a family vehicle license from the age of 16 so that they will be empowered to have greater and more active participation in the nurturing, responsibilities of family.”
He reminded supporters of the UWP’s promise to create 5000 new jobs in the first 3 years and said they will educate the citizens to become successful academics, professionals, tradesmen and women capable of competing and winning in the varied fields of global enterprise for self and for country.
“We rise to secure proper and affordable health care for all, we rise to ensure that our young people can earn and spend their own money we rise to ensure that they can easily afford to own their own homes, we rise to ensure that they’re building lives on the foundation of self respect, self esteem, trustworthiness and good citizenship.”
Linton also promised modern sporting and recreational facilities all around the country which would enable children and athletes to “benefit meaningfully from serious involvement in their choice of sporting disciplines.”