Demonstration planned for next hearing of PM’s dual citizenship court case

When the United Workers Party (UWP) return court on March 31 to continue a controversial dual citizenship matter against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, there will be demonstrations outside the high court in their support.

This is according to members of a newly formed anti-government grouping which is headed by Atherton Martin

This group will seek to team up with the different opposition parties and members of the public with similar political standings to strengthen the demonstration.

Such an action was one of the many measures which the group intends to undertake to remove the Dominica Labour Party, a party which they believe is filled with corruption, from office. This was disclosed at the group’s meeting at the Harlem Plaza last evening.

The Prime Minister’s dual citizenship matter was set to continue on March 10 and 11, 2011 but was adjourned to May 31.

The entire issue stemmed from the UWP’s decision to take the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) to court after filing several petitions against the party in January, citing what they claim to be gross irregularities in the conduct of the December 18, 2009 general election polls.

Among these petitions were claims that the DLP had allegedly bribed persons to vote and had blocked the UWP’s access to state-owned media during election campaigns. These were later struck out by a high court and are being appealed by the party.

However the petition which relates to the Prime Minister’s dual nationality was allowed. It alleges that Skerrit contested the elections illegally as he held dual citizenship, a practice which is not allowed under Dominican law.

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56 Comments

  1. BLACKMAN4
    March 29, 2011

    :lol: :roll: :?: BLACKMAN4

  2. La plaine New-jersey
    March 27, 2011

    All of them guys madddddd….. Arthie, Ron, Eddison, Sprags, lennox, matt, brisbane, yo tote foe..

  3. La plaine Massive
    March 23, 2011

    Its about time those cases were called…Cant the UWP do anything but Protest?!!!!

  4. FAITH
    March 21, 2011

    Thank God Dominica is a free country. The lord has spoken. The evil ones are suffering from LOPS, say a pray for them.

  5. Die Hard
    March 21, 2011

    Is a demonstration going to find Mr Skeritt guilty or not? Is a demonstration going to pursuade the judge as to what direction the case goes? Why can’t you foolish group of individuals allow the court to do its work.

    • happy face
      March 23, 2011

      guilty for wh

  6. ONE LOVE
    March 21, 2011

    WHAT DID DOMINICA DO TO BE PUNISHED WITH THIS WICKED OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT? I UNDERSTAND THEIR CORRUPTION – ALL MAN FOR THEMSELVES- BUT TO BE SO WICKED AND OPPRESSIVE ON TOP OF THAT?

    • REAL LOVE
      March 28, 2011

      LISTEN TO WHO’S TALKING…. .. ONE LOVE IS SAYING TO REAL LOVE… CLEAN THE MUCUS FROM YOUR EYES… WHILE HIS EYES IS REALLY MESSY.

  7. naturelover
    March 20, 2011

    Athie again,my my how many similar types organizations has he been part of of headed, all with the same purpose but hiding under all kinds of names. Are these organizations answerable to anyone? do they follow the much talked about principles of TRANSPARENCY,ACCOUNTABILITY etc etc,,,really just curious ,,,just one question Athie….why did the Dominica Conservation Association died soon after you got THE $$$$$ AWARD –for conservation works,how was that money used,,,,,,many questions but no answers yet you want the Government to be open,transparent ,accountable etc etc.Some of us know wha go down

    • salt
      March 21, 2011

      Stop attacking Athie and deal with the issue at hand. I am assuming that you want a transparent government? If so then face the truth and then you can have an intelligent conversation by dealing with the facts of the matter.

      For now you are just being politically bias- stop being Party Poopers.

  8. Big Man!
    March 20, 2011

    This is the most rediculous decision I have heard in many years… The UWI took the Prime Minister to court for dual Citizenship and planning a demonstration for the next hearing? Who the hell is advicing this party now? We need effective opposition, the party strategy is lacking depth and sense… I cannot believe these men have subject themselves to this level of inanity… There are many more astute ways of dealing with issues of that nature…

  9. Q95
    March 20, 2011

    OH BOY!..THESE DESPERATE GUYS HAVE MADE DA BECOME A “..RAT RACE”…PLACE.

  10. wang
    March 19, 2011

    excellent move….also a few trees across the road network who send a signal that we dont want to wait for four decades like Libyans did….to have Fighter Jets fighting ALBA like forces in Dominica

    we must do all what it take to clean up the mess…

    We dont want any DICTATORS!

  11. Laplaine
    March 19, 2011

    DNO, I am always willing to learn. Can you tell me what was so defamatory about my comments of former Minister of Agriculture Athurton Martin?

    Sir, I am not one who likes making accusations, but if it is good for the goose it my well be good for the gander. I am of the opinion that I have a very professional approach to things. Which says to me if you did not publish I should not resubmit. That I have done, but I am still startled by you not publlishing such and imprtant article.

    Admin: Please read disclaimer on homepage.

  12. Muslim_Always
    March 19, 2011

    We have been hearing about this Dual Citizenship Issue for too long now. I hope it is not postponed again so that the parties involved can move on with their lives. This is causing too much political tension in this country.

  13. orange
    March 19, 2011

    but wat uwp want with d pm nah.leave d man alone all u had all u turn once, and allu throw it utside
    d window,and now all u finding all sh*& to come talk about all u people need prayers.now dominica looking better than how it was wen u all were der.that burning all u eyes.all u want is money to put in all u pocket,it seems like uwp want d pm to do like them and make dominica look poor like before.he there already there he’ll stay for another 10 yrs and more.miracle in making dominica go forward don’t happen in one night.so behave all u self.and join d pm and help move the country forward.dominica is too small for thing like that to be happening.

  14. NO name
    March 19, 2011

    lol i once heard UWP soo powerful, now they want help to shake the labour party hehe… thats rite, form a collision.. do like what labour and freedown did in 2000..jus that the difference is skerrit is God sent

  15. fuke-chillot
    March 19, 2011

    Se’ Fommi-Mordah sa la paka give up….

    They seem to forget that Ron GREEN had dual citizenship as well when he was a minister?? Isn’t there a statute of limitations on such things?

  16. Anti-hate
    March 19, 2011

    Wow I just have to shake my head, i guess desperate times calls for desperate measures.

    It will be interesting to see what level of support these guys get from the general public.

  17. belbagay
    March 19, 2011

    in the seventies the high court was destroyed by fire in our fight for justice history need to repeat itself again, lets remind Savarine, Zaboca and if John Chambers was alive today may his soul rest in peace he would of told the story to the dominican people of his experience; whatever it takes for justice to be done to our country and its people let thy will be done

  18. pat
    March 19, 2011

    PLEASE PEOPLE BE PATIENCE WAIT ON THE COURT’S DECISION. DEMONSTRATION
    ALWAYS CAUSE MORE TROUBLE THAN YOU EXPECT. ALL I AM SAYING JUST GIVE PEACE
    A CHANCE

    • GWATANCE
      March 19, 2011

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT. PERHAPS THE DLP MAY HAVE A COUNTER DEMONSTRATION ,

      THEN WHAT? CONFRONTATION AND PERHAPS MAYHEM. THINK OF IT

  19. Wongping
    March 19, 2011

    Good Lord,DA have politrickters and counselors by square centimeters.Martin,Jah give u musical talents to better reach the masses.everyone taking a swipe at the pm.let the courts decide.and stop opening your human voicebox to say democracy is threatened in lovely DA.when u make the outside world believe there is destabilisation,u expect tourist to come?call wolf but when wolf come u will run and leave the grassroots in the kaka.all u politrickters just spitting in microphone,what have u done for musicians here?Brisbane DA doesn’t have a music store!those on opposition send the gov’t to hell, and the money all u banking in foreign use one-tenth in DA.too much blabla and remember: what goes around comes around!DNO WE LOVE U.MERCI BEAUCOUP!

  20. M
    March 19, 2011

    if the matter is not heard all parties involved their positions should be stripped from them so a strong message will go across the nation that nonsense is no longer tolerated. if you are given a position, no politics should get involved in performing your duties i.e police, judges, any person holding a public office.. not part of a political party…. let us move this bloody country forward. get rid of all these immature uneducated clowns in any party… lets set precedent bring our educated entrepreneurs and business leaders home…. We have so much talented Dcans serving in high profile positions abroad lets make dominica the country it can be!!

  21. Pont
    March 19, 2011

    These guys were with Freedom,Alliance,Labour and now UWP. I feel sorry for Pappy because they might try to take over his party.These guys were rightists,leftists,centrists and now anarchists.

  22. Jaime Lewis
    March 19, 2011

    What is the plan once the PM has been removed from office? There will still be 17 DLP elected representatives in the house. I am not certain what the constitution says about replacing the PM: do we need to go to the polls for that? Only in Vielle Case did people vote for Mr. Roosevelt Skeritt; other people voted for the 17 candidates. They should have the capacity to run the country without the PM in office.

    All opposition parties need to be focused on doing the ground work preparing for the next general elections. If that’s tomorrow, or in 4 more years, all opposition parties should be ready. If the current administration is corrupt, then we need boots on the ground working hard, developing a plan, showing us how they are going to run the country differently: plans for creating employment, how to address the child abuse issue, how to support people in the Diaspora who would like to return home, how to ensure that there is a college graduate in every home, how to create markets for our agricultural products.

    Until people begin to hear some concrete ideas from a new leadership group, this talk is just talk. From the man on the street to the man or woman who holds the highest position in some foreign country, every Dominican wants to know who is willing to lead our country, and how that will be done. We want to hear about health care for all, infrastructure, maintaining roads, rebuilding schools, preserving the natural aspects of our island, reducing crime, social service programs for the needy, addressing all the begging, mental illness, drug abuse. We need to hear it, we need to hear it now. Like instant coffee, we want it now!

    • GWATANCE
      March 19, 2011

      The PM is selected by members included the elected members of the DLP, you are right that from 17 other members in the House one will be selected/elected as PM pro temp as the DLP will still govern the Country :lol: but. Skerrit is going no where :lol:

    • Just analyzing
      March 19, 2011

      what are we going to do with our new Denizens is just as prudent.

  23. Looking in from the outside.
    March 18, 2011

    This case is going to be adjourned over and over until the 5 year period comes to an end.
    This is the way the courts operate. Dominica Democracy.
    Don’t you all think that such a case should take precedence and be heard ASAP?

    Such a waste of time.

    • INTERPOL
      March 20, 2011

      true vibes from a concoius being

  24. Gabie
    March 18, 2011

    look who is talking , about corruption. it is really a shame to see for so long that one little boy as they call him the pm is making them fella do madeness. Soon all you will plan to kidnap him when the demonstrations don’t work. But one thing I know, God is in control, and we are a peaceful country, and when the time to remove skerrit the 18 seats will go back to the polls and remove him, but until that time you all will continue to plan demon stratation, and continue to preach hate, but what you plan for my brother will turn to dust. May the good Lord continue to bless our beautiful country will peace and love.

    • NO name
      March 19, 2011

      Demonstrating outside the court house without permission from the police, even having to be charged and end up in court, thats peaceful? they just want to cause a confusion and u talkin about peaceful, Gabie Hush!!!!!!!!!! yur mouth

  25. Bushmaninda
    March 18, 2011

    The court should decide and decide with all deliberate speed. The situation is a matter of fact and therefore can be determine quickly.
    With all these postponements, delays, and adjournments it seems as if the judicial system is not interested in seeing that this most importance matter is decided. This is about the legitimate leadership of a democracy. The eligibility of a candidate (the winning candidate) has been challenge and the court believes that the claim is worth hearing then it should be heard with urgency.
    The people need to know that there leadership is legitimate. The genuine protest in not against any of the parties before the court, the protest is against the court itself for its apparent disregard for desire and right to know if our chosen leaders are legitimate.
    One would expect the party for whom the statuesque is acceptable to delay, but as the arbitrator the court should not allow the need of the country for legitimate leadership to fall victim to the delaying tactics of smart lawyers. It is clear that democracy fallen prey to court process and as such we must demonstrate against the court for standing in the way democracy

    • The Concerned One
      March 19, 2011

      I am not a fan of the DLP because as a Govt. I believe that there are things that they can do differently. However, one may not agree with what a leader does but has all the right to question and disagree with that leader in a democracy. The action of Atherton Marti and his associates demonstrates that democracy in alive in Dominica.

      These people are now under the disguise of democracy threatening the existence of democracy in Dominica. The majority of Dominicans voted the Govt. into power but according to Marti we cannot wait for the majority to speak. Isn’t that dictatorship? They must take the street and remove the Govt. by whatever means necessary. A serious threat to the existence of democracy in Dominica.

      I would take it to mean that this Anti Govt. movement also has no regard for the Judicial System, as they seek to have the PM removed from office by what ever means necessary. This is clear-cut dictatorship!

      People, crime have become a major problem in DA as well as the many developing countries around the world. The melt down of the world’s economic powers have left us fighting to stay afloat and a lot of our young people out of jobs. If this movement was interested in DA as they professed, why aren’t they organizing forums as to the way forward in tackling crime, antisocial behavior and various ways to assist our people in getting jobs or creating jobs for ourselves. I am hearing nothing from them positively as to the way forward for DA. All I am hearing is; “This isn’t the correct way.”

      These people are a serious threat to democracy in DA as they seek to create chaos, panic and fear among our people. They want us to take the street, behave in an uncivil manner and create civil unrest. This they hope will destabilize the country and ultimately the country. Let us all say NO to all who threatens the existence of our democracy and our peaceful country. Let’s say no to this demonstration.

      • salt
        March 21, 2011

        The umbrella word Democracy seem to be interpreted under situational preferences. I thought that under democracy no man is above the law; I thought that under democracy justice delayed means justice denied; I thought that under democracy the legal system must be allowed to operate impartially.
        Why aren’t the opposition working to reduce crime ? Lets see- Does the name Tiyanni sound familiar to you?
        I agree that we should all be concerned about unemployement – How much is the government doing and how much have they done to fix the problem.
        Stop the smoke screen and call out all the players according to the infringments.You crying foul while your players are commiting flagrant fouls and behaving in unsportsmanlike ways.

    • profiler
      March 19, 2011

      Ron Green , Earl Williams as members of the UWP.. served in parliament for 15 YEARS while holdng dual citzenship. according to Ron Gen he only abandoned his us ctizenship in 2009. Where were the demonstrators then. What is the reason for holding Mr. Skeritt to a different standard than Ron Green and Earl williams? Are we seeng the emergence of new social order were the law and constitution is applied base on political preference? Mr. Martin as the leader of the antigovenment goup might have an answer….

  26. King ghetto
    March 18, 2011

    These pest can really make a government get out of hand

  27. hard cure da
    March 18, 2011

    PLEASE PM U CALL YOUR SELF THE LEADER SHOW IT SAVE TAXPAYERS MONEY RESIGN AND CALL BY ELECTION. AND STOP LETTING PEOPLE CRY ON YOUR PARTY.

    • NO name
      March 19, 2011

      you dat foolish hard cure.. so everytime ppl against a government cry, there must be spending of money on election.. how the country going and move forward? why fooolish ppl like u does talk??

  28. TOLD YOU
    March 18, 2011

    Stop the madness, who said anybody going to disturb proceedings?

    Who spoke of any violence?

    What is wrong in standing outside the court with placards silently in protest of the delays?

    Who spoke of 1979? (which can be arranged…lol)

    • PRAISE
      March 19, 2011

      Let us all work to build this country ,not brake it down . and respect the laws of it , i have one question i would like to ask the pm . in the yard of the old ministry building there use to be a painting of what took place in 1979 , why was it removed when he came into office ? this was a piece of history that should not have been removed from its place. were can i find this painting in dominica ? I would like to take my kids to see it and tell the the story that my mother once told me concerning this painting.from1990-1996 every day of my life i would see this painting because this was the way to my school the (RGS) this painting made part of my school days . THANKS mr pm for leaving the gate of the Rbs in its place (thats to do with the stadium ) but i didnt see the gate of the RGS .

      • Anonymous
        March 20, 2011

        please, check your history, the mural was removed when uwp was in office.Stop blaming the labour government for everything

        • gran
          March 21, 2011

          The moral was removed by UWP and DLP is taking immorilty to the next level. Are you happy with that dude? Is that what you stand for. Since you just admitted that the present administartion is dirty please answer the question like a real man. Stop spreading ignorance and biasness among the people.

    • Interesting
      March 19, 2011

      So thats funny, 1979 destroy dominican businesses( so arranged and then cry chinese taking over), the same persons you say you fighting for, what else is new hypocrites.

  29. Zenfan Morchoroh
    March 18, 2011

    while i support people’s right to have demonstrations within the confines of the laws of the land i can’t support persons whose aim is to attempt to influence court decisions through intimidation. In Dominica we have the right to change our government every five(5) years by means of the ballot box, not through violence and intimidation. LET IT BE KNOWN TO ALL AND SAUNDRY THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER 1979 IN DOMINICA. Let the court decide.

    • Nac Vibes
      March 18, 2011

      All have a right to peacefull protest, I suggest it is you who is hoping for violence.

    • Bushmaninda
      March 18, 2011

      You are so right, the court should decide and decide with all deliberate speed. The situation is a matter of fact and therefore can be determine quickly.
      With all these postponements, delays, and adjournments it seems as if the judicial system is not interested in seeing that this most importance matter is decided. This is about the legitimate leadership of a democracy. The eligibility of a candidate (the winning candidate) has been challenge and the court believes that the claim is worth hearing then it should be heard with urgency.
      The people need to know that there leadership is legitimate. The genuine protest in not against any of the parties before the court, the protest is against the court itself for its apparent disregard for desire and right to know if our chosen leaders are legitimate.
      One would expect the party for whom the statuesque is acceptable to delay, but as the arbitrator the court should not allow the need of the country for legitimate leadership to fall victim to the delaying tactics of smart lawyers. It is clear that democracy fallen prey to court process and as such we must demonstrate against the court for standing in the way democracy

    • really
      March 19, 2011

      As long as it can decide independently and without coercion or pressure from certain powers and be free from repercussions. That means no manipulation.

  30. Braxz
    March 18, 2011

    Speak out, people speak out!

  31. Dominican Man
    March 18, 2011

    Come MAY 31st another date will be set fot the hearing. Then what??? Demonstration! Then what bring out the rapid response unit. You read it here on D.N.O.

  32. Jespen
    March 18, 2011

    Why would you want to disturb the proceedings of the the high court by instigating unrest? Man you are really a jack&^s (a very foolish person, according to Wikipedia)

    • Boy Look Jokes!
      March 18, 2011

      Jespen, it is call Desperation! The Anti-government group headed by Affie wants political power by any means. According to Affie,’ Prime Minister Skerrit and his government are corrurpt.” They should be moved by forced because the majority of Dominica won’t remove Skerrit since they like the handouts from his begging.

      Of course the Anti -Government group headed by Affie are the intellectuals, men and women of intergrity so they should be the government . Ofcourse they have the solutions to Dominica’s economic and social problems but they MUST BE THE GOVERNMENT to implement them without begging.

      • Jespen
        March 19, 2011

        Then they ought to make themselves ready for general elections, rather than all that foolishness. They watch too much of damn TV

        • ?????????????
          March 19, 2011

          Yeah that what they should do? Desperation – But they must also remember that “Zenfant Malaway” pas sort encore. The “lower class” in their minds have all done well … Even the Ghettos have produced some bright and aspiring young men and women.. I am happy for them … The slavey mentality have been abolished but not by the so called “intellects of Athie and the rest”

          We have arised and are still moving up. Those of us who have reached the age of retirement or are close to retiring.. Let us be role models to the young ones …. Some of us cannot stand to see those offspring of those that were oppressed as “maids and gardeners” rise and take meaningful roles in the country.

          We the middle age and those over 60 should be as guides and retire in peace – plant the flowers etc, join volunteers group to give lectures to our young becoming leaders, speak about our experiences so they cannot make the same mistakes we made. Be role models so they can emulate not troube makers and anarchist who are telling the already short tempered youths that all and sundry can be solved by only demonstrations et al.

          Let us look – are we teaching them to love one another , to be peaceful , to be selfless, to put their heart into all they do .. to do all for the Glory and honour of our father (this one is the most important since when one seeks the Creator first and his righteousness, all other things will be added.

          No instead only hatred and hate talks we show them. Whilst prophessy has to be fulfilled, we are creating monsters for our society and they we turn back and say that the young people are this and that. We are the ones to be blamed yes indeed the adults and I say it with no appologies. Let us be Adults and not just Adults but God Fearing Adults – not compromising with the things of the world.

        • So Sad
          March 20, 2011

          ??????????? you are so right but don’t expect the members of the anti- Government group to hear you or respect the voice of the majority of Dominican. They think that the majority of Dominican cannot think for themselves.

          What volunteer service you talking about? They are not interesed in giving or serving Dominica. Their actions reflects greed , and their own corruptive political nature .’ These’ intellectualssss’ and men of ‘high intergrityyyy’ want to be the government because most of them are perhaps broke anyway!

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