Overseas-based activists opposed to Dominica’s economic citizenship programme have called for an end to the sale of Dominica passports, alleging that it is being abused by leading government officials including Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for personal gain.
The allegations include claims that Dominican passports have found their way into unscrupulous hands including that of a notorious Indian national.
Former Dominican ambassador to the United States Crispin Gregoire was among a group of young Dominican intellectuals who held a news conference on the matter on a Washington-based Radio Station on Saturday night.
“There are too many questions about the economic citizenship programme and I think the time has come for us to end that programme,” Gregoire, a former key diplomat of the Skerrit administration, said.
He also called for the government “to come clean on all its diplomatic appointments”.
Gregoire and others including former IMF Economist Dr Thompson Fontaine and lawyer/author Gabriel Christian have called for a commission of inquiry into the “passport scandal” and other alleged irregularities involving the Roosevelt Skerrit administration.
They have denied that their efforts in that regard are aimed at mischief making and destroying Dominica’s name overseas.
The groups say their love for Dominica is what is spurring them on to confront a Skerrit administration they insist is corruption-plagued.
The Dominica Labour Party’s Public Relations Officer Dr Philbert Aaron has dismissed the initiative by this group of US-based Dominicans as an attempt to internationalise a local politically motivated bid to unseat an otherwise popular administration.
Skerrit’s DLP won 18 of the 21 seats in the December 18 2009 elections.