New United Workers Party (UWP) senator in the House of Parliament, Monelle Williams, has been cautioned that she should always conduct herself with a high level of dignity.
Williams was sworn in as senator on Tuesday morning and the advise came from fellow senator on the government side, Tammy Jean-Jacques.
“I would like to encourage senator Williams to conduct herself, both in and out of the parliament, with the highest level of dignity and respect at all times,” Jean-Jacaues stressed.
She pointed out that she has been the only female senator in the house since the 2009 election and was happy that the UWP brought in a female senator on its side.
“Senator Williams, I congratulate you,” Jean-Jacques stated.
Former prime minister and MP for Marigot, Edison James, told Williams that she should familiarize herself with the rules of the House.
“This is the highest court of the land. There are rules in this House and I would urge you, senator Monell Williams to be familiar with the rules,” he stated.
Opposition leader, Hector John, told Williams that he hopes she bring meaningful contributions to the House.
“Senator Williams bring to parliament gender balance,” he stated. “She is bright, she is articulate and she will be giving the people of the St. Joseph constituency meaningful representation in the House of Parliament.”
Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, told the new senator that if she is looking for leadership and guidance, she should look to the Dominica Labour Party side of the House.
He noted that the absence of UWP leader, Lennox Linton, in parliament as a sign of the party’s “very little regard for women.”
“Senator Williams, I sympathize with you that at a time like this your political leader would be present to urge you along, to congratulate you, to give you that support because you’re coming into the Parliament for the first time,” Skerrit said. “But we are not surprised by this, Madam Speaker, because your party in the Parliament has had a record of giving very little regard to women in particular.”
Williams replaces Ronnie Isidore who has been at odds with the hierarchy of the UWP for some time now.