United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the St. Joseph constituency, Monelle Williams, had to be assisted off the stage at a UWP rally when she broke down in tears in response to a statement made by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, during a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) rally in Calibishie last week.
“My heart bleeds for every mother who has lost a baby,” an emotional Williams said. “You were right Roosevelt Skerrit, my father is one grandchild less because I buried her four years ago. You don’t know what it’s like to bury your child.”
At the DLP rally Skerrit had said if he had a daughter, he would not want her to be a Monelle Williams since he would be short of one grandchild.
“If I had a daughter, ladies and gentlemen, I would wish for her to one day be a Catherine Daniel, to be an Athenia Benjamin, to be a Nurse Charles or to be a Roselyn Paul. I would definitely not wish for my daughter to be a Monell Williams because I might end up short of a grandchild,” he sad.
The statement created a furore and at a DLP rally in St. Joseph last Saturday Skerrit said he was withdrawing it, saying he wishes to apologize “to anyone of you who was offended by the statement and I give you the assurances from hence forth you shall hear nothing like that from Roosevelt Skerrit again.”
But the issue appears far from over.
“I have news for Roosevelt Skerrit, for all the endorsers of the Labour Party, for all of them that believe that our country can move forward on gutter politics and maypwee…your perception of me or any other woman, child, man, young boy, young girl does not change who I am,” Williams said at the UWP rally in Castle Bruce on Sunday.
Williams broke into tears and was led off the stage by UWP candidate for Paix Bouche, Eunica Anthony-Victor.
Meanwhile the UWP Youth Arm is calling for a personal apology from Skerrit to Williams.
In a release the organization said the withdrawal of the statement “appeared to be an apology to supporters instead of Ms Williams.”
“The UWP Youth Arm called on Mr. Skerrit to properly apologize to her and the women of Dominica,” the release said.
It said all political parties should commit to avoiding “character assassination.”