The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) newest kid on the block, Athenia Benjamin, has joined her colleagues in condemning leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Lennox Linton, describing allegations of plagiarism against him as disgusting.
Recently Benjamin was officially named the DLP candidate for the Wesley Constituency and she delivered her first major national speech last Thursday in Lagon, Roseau.
She wasted no time in going after Linton.
“The actions of the United Workers Party political leader are absolutely disgusting,” she said. “Here is a man, who built his career on preaching trust to power, honesty, integrity and accountability… anytime one would hear these words or phrase mention, Lennox Linton would come to mind because that has been his mantra. But this political leader, on the night of his acceptance speech as the political leader of the only other active political party in Dominica plagiarized writings from another person.”
According to her, this type of behavior might be so extensive that “we are just beginning to unmask something bigger.”
Benjamin assured the people of Wesley, Woodford Hill, Palm Tree and wider Dominican public that in her candidacy, her every action and utterance shall be guided by, “the highest levels of honesty and decency.”
“Which is not to be a problem for me to maintain because that is how I live my life,” she said.
The DLP has accused Linton of plagiarizing the speeches of Allen Chastenet, the leader of the United Workers Party in St. Lucia, and others.
Linton subsequently said both he and Chastenet have worked together and share similar philosophies and ideals.
The UWP has now accused prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, of plagiarism but the DLP has dismissed the allegations saying the examples cited are “standard practice.”