The United Workers Party’s Claudius Sanford says housing was not the first choice of the Kalinago people.
Government will soon make 41 newly constructed houses under government’s Housing Revolution program available to Kalinago families.
But Sanford said these houses were imposed upon the indigenous people and “this was not necessarily what they wanted”.
“This wasn’t their first choice. Their first choice was a financial institution established. This government, their main focus is on political advantage, and that’s why they imposed these houses upon them,” he added.
Sanford said if government distributes the houses to the Kalinago people without the council’s involvement, they would be directly violating the constitution of the Kalinago Act.
“The constitution of Dominica gives full authority for any property in the Carib Territory. I believe doing that would be a great disrespect to the office of the Carib chief and it would be reducing the powers that the Carib chief and council holds,” he said.