Leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, has described as ‘totally bogus’ a news item which said MP for Marigot, Edison James, may be called to contest the next general election when it is called.
Last year James announced that the last general election was his final one and he will be retiring from active politics, passing on the baton to Linton.
But on Wednesday, privately-owned Kairi FM reported that based on ‘reliable sources’ and ‘word on the ground,’ James may have to “un-retire” since UWP members in Marigot have not accepted Linton.
“Word is UWP supporters there think of Linton as aloof and arrogant even to the people who support his party,” the news item said.
It further stated that the UWP now has the challenge of finding another constituency for Linton in order for him to contest the next general elections.
Speaking on Q95 on Wednesday Linton trashed the news story as untrue and totally bogus.
“They are not quoting anybody specifically in the UWP,” he said. “They are talking about word on the ground in the UWP in the constituency, in the UWP camp. Where is that word from the ground coming from?”
He said a meeting was held in Marigot on Sunday and the UWP welcomed supporters of the Labor Party, who he described as ‘Team Dominica Laborites.’
“Meaning that all around the country, Marigot included, they are supporters of the Labor Party who believe that it is time for change because under this administration they don’t see agriculture, for example, going nowhere at all,” he said.
The UWP leader said the story is evidence of the Labor Party’s propaganda machine hard at work.
“When you have a party in government stooping to that level of disgrace, stooping to that level of deception of people, stooping to that level of utterly discreditable conduct, it is really time for change,” Linton said.