“Selfishness is absolutely not part of my DNA”, says Dominica’s Ambassador to the UN, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, in response to a statement by UWP candidate for the Castle Bruce Constituency, Ernie Lawrence-Jno Finn.
At the UWP Eastern Zone Rally held at La Plaine recently, Lawrence Jno-Finn described the crossing over of Loreen Bannis-Roberts from the UWP camp to the DLP camp in 2000 as a “selfish” act that cost her constituency greatly.
“Like you, that selfish crossing over cost me, my family and community a lot, while it benefited one person and her family, tremendously,” She told UWP supporters at the rally.
Loreen Bannis-Roberts was elected as a UWP parliamentary representative for that constituency in 2000 taking over from her uncle Romanus Bannis, who, Dominica News Online (DNO) understands, handpicked her to succeed him as parliamentary representative for Castle Bruce.
But Bannis-Roberts is firing back, telling DNO news, “I come from a hard working family who knows how to give back to community. Our record of service is impeccable. I shall continue to serve my community and country well”.
Ambassador Bannis-Roberts invited Lawrence-Jno Finn to “check my (Loreen’s) immediate family background “ and cautioned the UWP candidate to stay in her lane.
“Ale soukwe sak ou, la ou vann chebon ou (go shake your bag where you sell your coal),” Bannis – Roberts advised Jno Finn.
Lawrence Jno-Finn has promised that the Castle Bruce Constituency will “shine, when you vote me into office”. She believes that her constituency is greatly underutilized and said it must be corrected.
However, Bannis-Roberts points out that Lawrence-Jno Finn was asked to serve on more than one occasion and she refused because “she was all about herself.” The politician/diplomat says she believes that Lawrence-Jno Finn will be rejected in the polls “because, is Labour we seeing, so is Labour we voting”.
“She (Jno Finn) is only now running because she wants a retirement job. That’s all! She does not care about the people of the constituency. It is all about Ernie!” Bannis-Roberts insists. “She said no to her party on more than one occasion. Now, the people will show her at the polls, the meaning of no”.
The Ambassador believes that Jno Finn is bad news for the constituency.
“She has no energy, no plans, no vision,” Bannis-Roberts argues.