Another IPO member sworn in; Astaphan not happy

Astaphan

Another member of the Integrity in Public Office Commission (IPO) has been officially sworn into office.

Attorney Henry Babbs Dyer, the Dominica Bar Association’s nominee to the Integrity in Public Office Commission, was sworn in on Monday.

But his appointment has been condemned by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who believes that political activists should not be appointed to commissions such as the IPO.

Astaphan is also against the appointment of the Opposition’s choice for the IPO Dave Bruney, who was sworn in on April 7, 2011.

In fact, attorneys representing members of the Roosevelt Skerrit Cabinet has issued a letter to the President of Dominica and copied to the Chairman of the Integrity Commission and the Opposition Leader about their dissatisfaction with the appointment of Dave Bruney as a member of the IPO.

The challenge is led by Telecommunication Minister Ambrose George through Alick Lawrence Chambers.

Astaphan has also confirmed that applications were filed at the court for a judicial review on the appointment of Bruney.

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45 Comments

  1. watchdog
    July 9, 2012

    tony ,what abut ian munroe you want to press charges

  2. city twin
    April 15, 2011

    There is no dicision in this country which is non political. Opinion will always keep being our basis for judgement. It is something we cannot change in those realms. We will always differ on OUR choices.
    The selected are the choices of the Opposition and also the Bar Association. How nice it would be if someone else could make our choice for us; I guess not kool!!. Maybe Mr. Astaphans and Mr. Goerge should have instructed the two different badies who their choice should have been.
    We try justifying our choice by using democracy, but we forget that our democracy also allows us that small space of freedom of choice.
    There are now too many areas existing in our nation where people,s democratic choice is being trampled upon and thrown out of the window, just that we get what we want and what suits our political CHOICE and agenda.
    Lets think of it!!!!!

  3. FORKIT
    April 15, 2011

    burn fire burn,

  4. FORKIT
    April 15, 2011

    i think the IPO members should be all opposition members which will keep the government in check. it goes the same if uwp was in power and the labar government was opposition

  5. Looking in from the outside.
    April 14, 2011

    Maybe Waddy Astaphans, Jenny Astaphans, or another member of his family should be appointed into the IPO.
    Chooooooops

  6. Anti Puppet master
    April 14, 2011

    This man will cost the ruling party greatly. He feels like he has to put his two cents in everything, when in reality he should not. Do something readers, type in Tony Astaphan in DNO search and see how may items of his baseless commentary pops up. When u are not in Dominica and u come on for news about your country and this man pervades the discourse with what seems to be his personal contensions with people, it upsets me.

  7. bigger
    April 14, 2011

    I haven’t heard anyone criticize Sir Lenox Linton he knows it all no qualification his big mouth will cost him a lot of money,but then again you suckers are there to pay his fines. Compare this to Tony who wins all his cases. The only case that Lenox won was with Tony’s help BOO BOO!

  8. please DNO
    April 14, 2011

    Could DNO put out a poll
    Those who are Fed up with this man meddling in Dominica’s affairs vs those who are not?

    Thanks

  9. mac
    April 14, 2011

    Tony Astaphan hold on controling Dominica seems to be slipping, about time how can someone of foreign decent have such strong hold, because he is considered white in Dominica, and some dominicans still live by that slave mentality, if your skin is white you are a god, we as dominicans should stop believing in others and believe in ourselves,

    • FORKIT
      April 15, 2011

      and the (tony homeplace, good at deception) arab nations will from an alliance with the east(russia) and will they gather with their great weapons of destruction to make war with the children of israel.
      but god will shake the earth with the greatest earthquake man will ever know even birds will fall from the sky. and the enemies of israel will be destroyed and absorbed into the pit…from the earth.

      skerrit beware of tony, you know you are doing wrong but you still allow him to amplify your arrogance. they(arabs) are the most deceptive people..

  10. Mister PeePees
    April 13, 2011

    WHAT TONY ASTAPHAN FRAID OF??? IF IS DAVE BRUNEY AND OR HENRY DYER THEN SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY WRONG!!! I AM CALLING FOR A NATIONAL INQUIRY TO KNOW WHAT TONY ASTAPHAN, SC, IS FRAID OF, WHY HE DO NOT WANT THE PERSONS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND THE DOMINICA BAR ASSOCIATION (OF WHICH HE IS A MEMBER OF) TO BE APPOINTED THE IPO…THE FOOLISH PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW, BECAUSE THE SC SEEM TO THINK ALL OF US DOMINICANS ARE WHILE IS ONLY HE THAT HAVE A HEAD WITH A BRAIN…

  11. Trouble intended
    April 13, 2011

    If Skerro doe put a leash on Tony, Tony will cost him a lot. Tony making Skerro look like Sadam and Gadaffi. Reel him in Skerro. He loosing control.

    • simple mind
      April 14, 2011

      no!he can’t,the dog is smarter than its master,that’s the case.

  12. doctor love
    April 13, 2011

    MR. FLIP FLOP ASTAPHAN PLEASE STOP SPREEDING CAOIS IN THE COUNTRY.MADAME SPEAKER WAS ON THE LABOUR PARTY PLATFORM SUPPORTING MENARD ,YOU NEVER CONDEMED HER BEING THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

    • Horatio Alger, Jr
      April 13, 2011

      What a bareface lie!

      • hmm2
        April 14, 2011

        SHE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ON THE PLATFORM , BUT SHE DID DECLARE HER SUPPORT FOR THE PARTY , THE DLP DAT IS

  13. Red-Antz
    April 13, 2011

    I am certainly not Tony Astaphan’s biggest fan and i do not condone his actions, onstage, in our “political circus”, however let’s apply fairness and honesty where due, the IPO commission must be a neutral body which shows no favor nor be sympathetic to those under it’s scrutiny and when carrying out it’s functions. This said, it does not seem most ethical to appoint to said commission political activists, candidates or past candidates or anyone who has manifested strong political allegiance to ANY national political party as these political affiliations could likely affect the decisions and provoke certain political biases which may not be in the honest interest of the commission or one who is under scrutiny.

    My fellow dominicans, we ought not allow ourselves to be blinded by politics and when such matters arise we should let our opinions to be guided by common sense and not political misinformation.

    • grand Pa
      April 13, 2011

      Agreed so let us apply the rule to not only every member of the IPO and to include people incharge of electoral process and auditing department.

    • dominican justic
      April 13, 2011

      What it is you all are afraid of these men are condemed because they have a mind of their own they cane speak out against the injustice of the people or beacuse they belong to a political party give me a brake so eveyone was of the DLP it would be right how didiculous that sound, these two men are educated intelligent and have the ability to do what the job is expected of them not what the likes of Ambrose, Tony, Alick and others think of them and talk about lack of character isn’t that a laugh when Tony speak that man should have zipper on his mouth I also hope that one of these days that the PM will wake up and see that Tony is taking him deeper and deeper into the pit if he do not let him loose.
      If these men are elected to do the job of the IPO is because we all put our faith and trust in their abiilities they are held in high esteem so people of DOMINICA take off the blinders and allow these ment to do the work they are called to do and stop the paranoia. because all I can see is balance with the IPO Ccommission so every one relax yourselves and that include the PM and his hatchet men .

    • FORKIT
      April 15, 2011

      who can you get from dominica who has no political preference. none then i should say let all members be investigators and lawyers from other countries with no friends and family here…

      and see if skerrit doh take jail

  14. belbagay
    April 13, 2011

    DNO, i will make one more attempt to have my non offensive comments posted. The Dominica labour Party needs to Emancipate itself from Slavery. Where did this unelected individual get his authority from to determine what is right and wrong for the dominican people? who does he represent?

    • Dominichen
      April 13, 2011

      He is a citizen of the country and just like you and I he can exercise his right to comment on any and every political issue he deems fit for his comment. Way to go Tony Astaphans. I am watching you from the Big Apple my friend. You make me proud to be a Dominican.

  15. grand Pa
    April 13, 2011

    To those asking why Tony is objecting to the appointment of the two IPO members; it is as simple as this. I you are use to walking across boundaries without regards for rules and regulation and then all of a sudden someone is positioned to police those boundaries wouldn’t you be pissed.

    I hope that is OK DNO

  16. INTEGRITY
    April 13, 2011

    Well here we go again Mr Astaphan,but first could I just ask,what is it that you and your boys are afraid of, surely if I was an honest and up right citizen and of course have nothing to hide they could put my enemies on the IPO commission and it would not bother me, so I ask again Tony what are you afraid of? and could I also ask you how did Mr Alec Lawrence got on to be the chairman of the Electoral Commission and why is it madness for people to want voters Identification Cards?

    • ja yesbo
      April 14, 2011

      who on this earth does’nt have something to hide? even you mr. Integrity have something to hide. and why do you guys keep talking about the Electoral Commission when the IPO is the subject matter?

  17. YKW
    April 13, 2011

    Where was Tony when the present Director of Audit who was just as bad as Dave appointed to his present post (one of his first acts was to try to get some persons peronal tax files at Inland Revenue) or when Parry Bellot was appointed as Social Security representative on Marpin Board.

  18. I am IPO material
    April 13, 2011

    Tony, it appears that the Dominica Bar appointee in Mr Dyer a gentleman who recently recieved High honor in Britain does not pass your litmus test. Well, I don’t live in Dominica and have not been tainted by any party so forward my name (John Gotti Jr.) reputed mob boss in NY for consideraton by the IPO. I know that I stand a better chance of meeting your approval.

    • dan
      April 13, 2011

      That is so funny- I recommend Tony Gambino

      • Don Corleone
        April 13, 2011

        I will make them an offer they can’t refuse!! They do not need much!!!Anyway DNO please spare us, not even the people who will die for Skerrit like Tony. This man is a danger to Domininca. Please do not give this man yet another platform to spread his propaganda, moreover he makes the sick to the stomach.. But he is good for my oeganization.. Maybe he wanted Clemenza (PB) to be on the IPO commission, not even me Don Corleone want Clemeza..

  19. An Observor
    April 13, 2011

    Wasn’t Alick Lawrence appointed to the Electoral Commission?

  20. Go do your homework
    April 13, 2011

    I think this is much ado about nothing. Personally, I think the IPO commission should be disbanded as it is ineffective and a waste of taxpayers money. Until that commission becomes willing and able to prosecute our corrupt leaders in political office, then we really have no need for it.

  21. Re-Bob
    April 13, 2011

    Fond Canie massive

  22. Is that so?
    April 13, 2011

    To the many (whom I am certain) are going to go on another round of Tony bashing here consider this: Wouldn’t you all be up in arms if the DLP nominated Tony to sit on the IPO? Wouldn’t you all be barking that he is just another political operative (politician) and should not be fit to be on that body?

    Well, I too would be certainly not support such a move. So why then shouldn’t people like Tony come out against the appointments of Dave Brunney and Babs Dyer (known political operatives/politicians)?

    This hypocracy and downright blatant biasness by many Dominicans MUST STOP!!!

    • Papa Dom
      April 13, 2011

      I too agree that perception is major concern but why is tony not speaking out publicly about the many political appointments made by skerritt? as someone has said why doesn’t he condemn the director of Audit making public political statements? So you are correct! This hypocracy and downright blatant biasness by MUST STOP!!!

    • belbagay
      April 13, 2011

      Is that so, The electoral and boundaries commission is suppose to be an independ authority free from political influence, if you were following events re the commission i need you to respons as to how did Alick Lawrence got on that commission? are you aware of the many emails sent between Alick, Tony and the Hon Prime Minister re voter ID, lets all open up our minds on all these matters affecting our sweet dominica

  23. negre marwon
    April 13, 2011

    Don’t be naive. Everything in Dominica is influenced by politics..That’s a fact. unfortunately
    this time it does not favor Tony Astaphans and Co. so they crying like “girlymen”

  24. Papa Dom
    April 13, 2011

    Ok president tony your palace is being built so that you will be able challenge nominees’ fitness to hold public office. I hope you will do a better job than the current president.

  25. woman time
    April 13, 2011

    Ah boy Tony things not going how you want them nor. You just cia deal wid dat kind of mix up dere nor, oh how you would love to handpick the members of the IPO yourself. Get over it Tony that’s how it is going to be!

  26. Happiness Ka Fan Cho Mwen!
    April 13, 2011

    Why do Tony Astaphan thinks he runs Dominica and say in “such and such”, ‘Henry, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when Tony can’t see past the log in his own eye? Hypocrite Tony! Man, get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in Henry “Babbs” Dyer’s eye.

  27. MARIGOGAZZET
    April 13, 2011

    TONY!! WHAT WILL EVER MAKE YOU HAPPY? :cry:

  28. IS DAT
    April 13, 2011

    Now Tony….here is a black man that you cannot and will never have under yr little thumb

  29. My heart belongs to Melody
    April 13, 2011

    Nobody is good enough for Tony. I agree with him that Dave Bruney does not meet the criteria for appointment but Babs Dyer is a qualified and competent person who can be fair and honest. Mr Astaphan why you do not appoint yourself to the commission. You are the only person in Dominica who is full of integrity.

    • Horatio Alger, Jr
      April 13, 2011

      You must be very young and therefore know nothing about Keller

      • Mister PeePees
        April 13, 2011

        Which Keller…is it Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry UNiversity or John Keller that use to live in Saint Aromat…oops…tell us what’s up the …??? :lol: :oops: :?:

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