Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt has described as a very transparent arrangement, Dominica’s economic citizenship programme which has been criticized by activists here and abroad.
Following calls for a commission of inquiry into the programme by an overseas-based group of “patriots”, the prime minister told DNO there was no need for such a probe because the government had nothing to hide in relation to what critics suggest is the indiscriminate selling of Dominican passports to “unscrupulous” characters on the international market.
“Commission of inquiry into what, what are the irregularities, this is a very transparent arrangement, the procedure is published on our website, the agents are published on our website,” the prime minister responded.
He said all the money raised from the programme is audited by the Director of Audit and submitted to the parliament.
According to the prime minister, every single cent raised under the programme has been accounted for.
He also rejected as baseless suggestions that he was personally involved in the sale of Dominican passports.
“How do I sell passports, all the passports are issued by the immigration department,” PM Skerrit explained.
“This is total nonsense, I deny it categorically,” he countered when asked directly by DNO whether he was personally selling passports.
He also rubbished claims that notorious Indian national Ibrahim Darwood was in possession of a Dominican passport.
“This has been categorically denied, there is no fact to show that Darwood Ibrahim has ever received a passport from us,” the prime minister said.
He added that other related claims were part of a smear campaign against his administration and had no merit.