PM confident IPO investigation will vindicate him

Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has officially responded to a decision by Dominica the Integrity Commission to investigate the alleged villas scandal.

Talk Show Host Lennox Linton filed complaints against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit alleging that as Cabinet Chairman he used his official influence to secure concessions for a business venture in which he is alleged to have an ownership interest.

The IPO has ruled that the matter will be investigated.

But Prime Minister Skerrit said the probe into the matter will prove “once and for all” that he isn’t involved in the villa scandal.

Prime Minister Skerrit who is overseas on business said via a telephone interview, that the IPO Commission has not reached a conclusion that he own or has an interest in the Villas.

“I have no interest in those villas and I have not acted in any way in breach of the code of conduct under the act. The issue of conflict of interest in Cabinet does not arise because I have said on countless occasions that I am not the owner and I do not have monies invested in Blaircourt. I never used my office for personal gains or I the furtherance of any alleged interest in villas. I have no doubt that this will be satisfactory established,” he said.

The Prime Minister said he is welcoming the move in an effort to finally putting the matter to rest.

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71 Comments

  1. PAT
    July 24, 2011

    I WAS IN DA FOR THE TEST MATCH I WAS VERY
    MUCH IMPRESSED COMPARED TO MY VISIT 2 YEARS AGO AM NOT IN POLITICS BUT SOME OF
    US ARE TOO UNGRATEFUL.

    • hellboy
      July 27, 2011

      POOR PEOPLE DOES DRESS UP IN THEIR PRETTIEST CLOTHES TO GO SEE CRICKET.. GO FIGURE… NEXT TIME COME AROUND THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR….OR WHEN PEOPLE GOING BY JOLLY’S AND ON THE ROADSIDE TO BUY SCHOOL BOOKS….WHEN YOU COME TO PARTY…PARTY IS ALL THERI IS….U ARE VERY UNGRATEFUL TO THE GENUINE SUFFERERS OUT THERE…THE RED CLINIC KNOWS WHO THEY ARE….DE NAMES ON A LIST…..GO FIGURE

  2. On my own
    July 21, 2011

    the IPO is controlled by Government cronies. All of a sudden the villas come under cabinet conflict of interest? IT DOESNT SPELL OUT AN INDICTMENT ON SKERRIT PERSONALLY. THIS CASE WILL GO NOWHERE. Bubbles said in the famous interview that the Prime Minister doesnt come to his home because people might say he come to see his villas. Supria claims it is owned by a JACK&*## named bubbles who dont even remember how his project was financed. So tell me….AM I A DAMN FOOL OR WHAT!!!!!!!! my 12 year old claims she understand everything that going on. what u teaching my children for them to take care of u later? this IPO and our judiciary system STINKS!!!! I HAVE NO FAITH IN MY JUSTICE SYSTEM!!!

  3. fatty batty
    July 21, 2011

    fatty batty 2 i don’t have to come for NOTHING but YOU DA ALREADY GETTING THE FREE BOARD AND LOUDGE.

  4. Lady
    July 21, 2011

    I have no confidence in the IPO thery are good and :twisted: ! So long that issue come up, the gone and give Skerrit enough time to cover his track and ‘jourdi jour’ they starting investigation? please…. next thing you will here from them is that they have no evidence to prove…. In the mean time the Supremo continuing to bribe the gullible with hand outs. Like my grandmother used to say…. one day one day kanka day…

  5. Mystic71
    July 21, 2011

    “See them fighting for power,but they know not the hour;So they bribring with their guns,spare parts and money;Trying to be-little our integrity now;They say what we know is just what they teach us,and we are so ignorant;’cause everytime they can reach us through political strategy,they keep us hungry and when you gonna get some food,your brother got to be your enemy…….”Bob Marley.
    On the surface the proposed IPO investigation is a positive step.However,as a concerned dominican I do believe that our institutions in Dominica are morally and ethically corrupt.Corruption is not just a one man thing,but a systematic problem which starts from the top and trickles down.The Prime Minister is going to be vindicated as planned by the powers that be.They are physchologically messing with the minds and hearts of the people.It is basically damaged control to start an IPO investigation.Lennox Linton is on the right track and they know that.They will do everything in their power to discredit and marginalize him.Many dominicans know the truth,but those who hear the truth and are still not convinced are the ones targeted to remain loyal no matter what allegations or scandal the media and other watchdogs reveal.
    Commissions are handpicked to basically do two things 1) to protect the national security interests and 2)to protect the leader.Not all commissions are tainted,however,let us pray that this IPO investigation is a real and credible one and not one that has ulterior motives.

  6. for sure
    July 20, 2011

    my boy can talk now, i guess he done fix up his business already hahahaha

  7. Who have eyes to see
    July 20, 2011

    The Lord God is watching and I know that what is in the dark will come to light some day. God does not need a lawyer nor witness and He sees and knows everything and will deal with things in His time and in His way. Dominicans trust God to do what He has to do. Let the Lord be your Shepard not Skerrit!!
    Dominicans pray for Dominica because your country is tied in a very complicated knot!!

  8. Muslim_Always
    July 20, 2011

    I think this is a clever political strategy by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

    Firstly, if there is any smoke to the fire on this issue, any cunning politician would ensure all the evidence is carefully cleaned up prior to the investigation. Then, he would allow the investigation having conviction that he will come out clean.

    I believe that all our politicians have done great injustice to this country. The people blame the politicians but it’s the people who made the politicians because they are the child of a citizen of this country. Politicians lie, Dominicans are just as bad. Politicians voleur, Dominicans voleur too, politicians like woman, Dominican men and women etc. If politicians lack virtues it’s because the Dominican people lack scruples and morals.

  9. Stoney
    July 20, 2011

    IPO…who….dont believe in any of the institutions on island, this is just a slap on the risk set up..either this inquiry will never get off the block or it will be setup in a way to let the PM off the hook and look clean..

    just like the Mano case…they will do a emmy award for hollywood have the guy secco arrive in arrest him.make a big show then release him and as the former magistrate said its a DEAD CASE!!

    still the opposition forces are completely ignorant of what they are up against…it will take maybe a few decades, more local agencies, and surely spirtual help to clean Dominica…its not going to be ease, and the opposition is very timid lack alternate ideas of strategy etc..as they fail to understand the Dominica society and their mindset!

  10. hellboy
    July 20, 2011

    At this time i will play the wait and see game…..So long we the citizens of this blessed land waiting for our public officers todo their work…I smart enough to know that Skerrit lawyers had enough time to go through the laws to find their most convenient loopholes to plead their case. What i would really like to see is a class action law suit aginst this little boy. De court making enough money as task force passing all through gutter, Tarrish Pit, Yam Piece, Bath estate, fond cole, stock farm and other under privilleged communities looking for some young man to give them a few thousand dollars for a roach….thats just another scheme to bring money in de treasury via de court

  11. GREEN LAKE
    July 20, 2011

    PM I KNOW WHAT YOU DO TO GET THE POWER THAT YOU HAVE SO THE LITTLE PROBLEM MUST COME HANDLE THE PROPER

  12. fatty batty
    July 20, 2011

    I am coming home need to spend my vacation at BLAIRCOURT.INFORMATION PLEASE.

    • 2fatty batty
      July 20, 2011

      offer the real owner a piece of that fatty batty if it inviting you’ll receive free board and loudge.if you nice and lightskin you gone clear.

    • 2 fatty batty
      July 20, 2011

      where is my fatty batty post admin?

    • Speculator
      July 20, 2011

      After the IPO makes a decision on who owns blaircourt villas.It might be bubbles Skerrit or even Lintons property who knows! LMAOWhat if it belongs to Earl Williams? or some drug dealer in the North?Even Crazy Tees? who knows????? It might even belong to……………..(fill the blank to ur liking lol! what if it belongs to DNO peeps? lol please print/post just 4 fun nuh!Whatif it’s owned by DON Christopher.What if it was a special deal from deceased Money God similar to the land deal that started all out? We would have to find out if taxes were paid. Who was the lawyer?? hahahhahaha finally if you found out it belongs to the guy who sent for arsonists to invstigate GNO Emanuel’s firebooming alias one word) utter garbage?What if it’s pappy’s or Parra’s?

      • Reader
        July 21, 2011

        Fatty Batty might have shares in the Blaircourt Villas.What say you fattyB?

  13. Rolle
    July 20, 2011

    Why only now?…

  14. July 20, 2011

    Dominicans has too much time on thier hands. Skerrit will not stay in government forever, is pass he passing. So wat all u beatting all u selves for? Wait all u turn, only one at at a time. I hope when all u time comes all u will do a better job than him. TIME will tell… We go see.

  15. July 20, 2011

    CROOKED POLITIANS WILL MEET THEIR END

  16. Donald Tusk
    July 20, 2011

    The newscorp chairman stepped down for the investigation, skerro step down, step down.

  17. Anonymous
    July 20, 2011

    It is so sad that I have no confidence in any institution in Dominica anymore. This lack of confidence in our institutions will be Skerrit’s legacy, he has paid them all of in cash or in kind.

  18. Finance - Economics
    July 20, 2011

    @Roz – If the biggest economy on the face of this beautiful planet only adds 16,000 jobs in one month – how do you think Dominica will fare?

    Consider that Mexico/Guatemala/Honduras/Nicaragua/Ecuador send hundreds of thousands of migrants to the US every year and their own economies are greater than ours.

    What you need to do is realize that we have challenges-in the form of limited natural resources, Mountainous Terrain, and no white sand Beaches on the Caribbean side of the Island.

    This makes Agriculture difficult from the availability of flat land, and the cost of transporting the produce to other places for consumption/sale.

    Barring finding Oil or Gold we are always going to be exporting people…. It is a sad fact, but it is what it is.

  19. Faith Dawn
    July 20, 2011

    NOBODY WILL DIE EDISON AND THE UWP WILL NOT DIE IN THE HAND OF THAT REMEMBER WHAT TONY SAY DOMINICA THINK THAT THIS P.M IS THE BEST FOR D.A BUT WAIT WILL HERE LATER LET THE TRUTH COME OUT WE MEED TO KNOW WHAT GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY WE THE YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW SO LET LENNOX BRING OUT THE TRUTH OK THANK GOD FOR LENNOX.LINTON

    • July 20, 2011

      I agree Lennox will continue to bring the facts so we can all understand we owe this young man a great deal “lennox” is a true journalist he will go to the end of the eath to get the facts he always have his backups we hope he will not jump ship and become a politican we need him just where he is dishing out the dirt with fact to support .
      The IPO have taken a stand in the right direction they have been dragging their feet much to long I just hope they will have a good bite for the truth and they will come back to the people of D’ICA with a very committed and sound report and I also hope they will not alloww the GOVT or legal counsel or any one else to interfere in ther probe we need at lease one of our institutions working for the good of the people instead of politicans enough is enough.
      Good luck to the members of the IPO board.

      Lennox God will always look over you and your family we say thanks to your lovely wife for allowing us to sit with him saturday after saturday around the round table of truth and justice he is our educator good job my brother.

  20. Bull Crap
    July 20, 2011

    Am not the sharpest tool in the shed but am sorry. I find it very strange that this has been going on for so long. Mr.Linton been asking for an investigation for so long while Mr.Skerrit has been silent and the same IPO had never made a comment on this matter.Nor after all this time he asking for an investigation and they (IPO) plan to investigate the matter.

    WaW. you guys in this country are amazing……….
    I need to sign up for CNN I report to put these things here so the world can see whats going on in Dominica.

  21. RMA
    July 20, 2011

    When is the next election? Isn’t it time that all the the UWP cohorts start planning for the next ellection to prevent Dominica from becoming a one party state. I have not heard not one constructive thing coming from their mouth about how they are going take Dominica to the next level and do better for Dominica. But wait a minute, where was Lennox when UWP was destroying Dominica and landing her into more debt. His mouth piece was quiet. I hope he remembered when Prevost and the others were controling the hardware industry, he was very quiet.

    This people do not care about Dominica, all they care about is themselves and trying to get into Government to align there pockets with money, not for the good of Dominica.

    The PM will win this one and what next. What will they come up with next time? Lennox remember Bobbles sue for that same issue.

  22. Patat
    July 20, 2011

    Well sitting on d fence I notice a few tings:

    1. Lennox must be fraid of the Bubbles court trial and he somehow doh collect nuff funds from d people dem to face Tony in Court.

    So it stand to reason if he can somehow get the IPO to jump in front of the court matter with Bubbles then his lawyers can argue in court for a miss trial or a dismiss of case!!!

    News Flash: fotokopy plenty paper with over 40 rows on each paper for donation…. cause you will face not only Skeritt and Bubbles but all family of Skeritt that are of the view that u try and spoil their reputation and good name. Remember Shakespeare : he who steals my purse steal trash ….. We will play CK song for all u … We coming down [in d court] for al you!!!

    • well set
      July 20, 2011

      dont worry tony, if BJ can collect all that money from his poor little church, Lennox will will be ok. All we need is the truth.

  23. Go do your homework
    July 20, 2011

    Do we really expect the IPO to find the money and paper trails with all those crooked lawyers in the inner circle? The IPO may have good intentions this time around but I don’t expect that they will gain access to or find the truth.

  24. Travaile
    July 20, 2011

    It has been a while now since Mr. Lennox Linton been asking for this investigation, all of a sudden he gets it. excuse my suspicion but i think the IPO used that time to allow our dear prime minister to cover his tracks properly, that’s why he is so confidently challenging them to go ahead. the extent of corruption in this country lives on to have very little confidence in any “esteemed” organisation in Dominica. :-|

  25. ham
    July 20, 2011

    IF PM is involved in this allegation punish him harder than i can ever think of…THE NONSENSE HAS GONE TOO FAR..!!!

  26. REASONING
    July 20, 2011

    If ever the truth reveals that he owns the villas or he is indeed involved in acts of corruption,i hope u his supporters will feel betrayed by him and be the first ones to speak out against his illegal behaviour,hope u all really supports truth because truth does not belong to man but GOD.

  27. Malatete
    July 20, 2011

    Mr. Skerrit overseas on business? Again? Wasn’t it a member of his own cabinet, who claimed that Dominicans want to run the country by remote control? Alas, it is true then!

  28. FED UP!
    July 19, 2011

    De P.M. said to investigate him; so this matter will come to an end. Well go ahead and investigate him then. But on the other hand, even though they do investigate him and they get a truth that they do not like, they will push the truth aside and still find something else to say.
    So maybe as one person said, it is just best not to worry with them. Skerro must not waste his precious time.

    • politbureau
      July 20, 2011

      so true. there is no satisfying these individuals.

  29. One Love
    July 19, 2011

    8-O Well IPO brave papa – dey doh fraid fyah-bom?

  30. BRAIN DAMAGE
    July 19, 2011

    Amen mr. PM. The truth will set you free or it will find you guilty!

  31. Pastor BEEJAYZ
    July 19, 2011

    HMMM, I TOLD YOU, I WILL RAT…HMMM, I WILL RATE :oops:

  32. Concern One
    July 19, 2011

    The truth is with the politics in Dominica it really doesn’t matter. If the PM is found wanting the oposing parties will jump for joy. If the PM is vindicated the oposing party will say everone involved is corrupt and in the PM pocket. There is no winner or looser.

    The most important thing is when we as a people speak at the poles as we did in the last election. We will decide who is guilty or inocent with our votes.

    • Roz
      July 20, 2011

      More importantly, a lot of people are voting with their feet and leaving the country.

      • Concern One
        July 20, 2011

        You will be suprise to know that the people out there pays more attention to what is going on in Dominica than we Dominicans here. in any event they are Dominicans and have a vested interest in what goes on in DA. Props to them for returning to cast their votes.

      • migataory
        July 20, 2011

        Replace dem with Chines and haitians lolLMAO Just now we won’t know if we are in China or haiti depends on where you are.Filffy areas could be either nation. deforestration can defrenciate.

  33. Dom
    July 19, 2011

    Thats what the Premier of Turks and Caicos said, he has no involvement in any of the alleged claims. The persons in the IPO are either incompetent or paid off or a combination of both. The IPO should consist of individuals who are independent of influence. They themselves should have a review. He escapes again… passport was one now this..

    Slippery snake keep it up.

  34. Finance - Economics
    July 19, 2011

    When the IPO clears him, they will say it is biased. These guys will stop at nothing until Skerrit is arrested for something….anything.

    The fact of the matter is this, If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

  35. Anonymous
    July 19, 2011

    zor sort leve the man alone greedy dominicans

  36. Lavie Dominique
    July 19, 2011

    It was high time. Kudos to Lennox for his persistency! These people are getting away with too much!! I just hope it is going to be an INDEPENDENT investigation and none of those crooks have anything to do with it! We watching!

    • Informant
      July 20, 2011

      Objective journalism requires that investigations are fair and biased. This is definitely not the case with Lennox and what he does. All he is interested in is harassing the PM and making accusations. For one with his level of experience we expect better.

      If Lennox wants to appear credible he should report both the good and bad actions of the PM. The PM has not done everything write, but let’s not pretend that there was no corruption with the UWP regime when they were in power.

      • Informant
        July 20, 2011

        * that should have been fair and unbiased

      • Justice
        July 20, 2011

        When the wrong so overwhelmingly exceeds the right what good is the right. We need to stop this hypocracy- not because Sanford did some good that he should not go to jail for the alleged crimes.
        It seem like Skerrit can do what he wants and has ultimate immunity. Party apologist are asking that the PM be left alone on the tax evasion /land deals, the citizenship lies, the garbage bin, the Villas, the fertilizer Bobol; phony invoices. Where and when should we draw that line.

  37. spy
    July 19, 2011

    JESUS OR BARRABAS WHOM DO YOU WANT.?
    WHO IS WORTHY TO STAND IN THE PLACE OF JESUS?
    BLASPHEMY!!!!!
    THE CHURCH TOO HAS TO PAY THEY KNEW IT WAS WRONG.GOD IS NOT MOCKED MY PEOPLE.
    IT CAN TAKE 20 YEARS BUT HIS DYNASTY IS CRUMBLING. ITS SAD FOR HE WALKED IN THE PATH
    OF THE WICKED.

  38. spy
    July 19, 2011

    HE IS TRYING TO GENERATE FEAR.THE judgement of man is never fear,I TRUST IN GOD FOR HIS JUSTICE IS FAIR.HE DIDNT SPEAR THE SON OF
    ELI AND ELI HIMSELF,JUDGMENT IS ON THE HOUSE. GOD DIDNT HID OUR ANOITED PASTOR FROM HIS CALAMITIES,WHAT MAKES U BELEIVE THAT he will escape GOD,JEHOVA ITS MORE THAN 7 YEARS.HE NEVER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEP.

  39. %
    July 19, 2011

    WOW…..That’s Very Good News…Let the chips fall where it may…

  40. ....................
    July 19, 2011

    Do not discuss the allegation on DNO Mr PM. I am only hoping that jsutice is done, and if you do have an interest in them, that you get THE MAXIMUM PENALTY…In the meantime the HERO MR LENNOX LINTON MUST CONTINUE TO WORK!!!!

  41. Young Wisdom
    July 19, 2011

    About time… i really do hope that whatever the inquiry reveals will be accepted by both sides.

  42. peaceful
    July 19, 2011

    live long and many truths will be revealed to you, and in Dominica, the real owner will be revealed, no lie can live forever

  43. Truth 2 Power
    July 19, 2011

    Only the truth will set you free in the sight of God.

  44. Q95
    July 19, 2011

    I Have A DREAM..Lennox Linton,will soon to,bound too,become a victim of SOUL PUSS SONG.

  45. REALIST
    July 19, 2011

    I AM GOING TO PRAY THE STRONGEST PRAYER I KNOW FOR JUSTICE TO BE DONE…AND SEEN TO BE DONE

    THANK GOD FOR SKERRIT!!!

  46. July 19, 2011

    that’s right my brother.come up clean and let’s see what they the (UWP) have to say,

  47. true dominican
    July 19, 2011

    skerrit you hear am warning you ,please leave Dominica for Dominican .you are not taking example off Pierre Charles and Rosie people will kill you and make us believe is something else.OK i don’t want to be a team leader on my job too much work. so i don’t see why some people greedy for government position like that, man, sir take my words and go to hell with Dominican.

    • Madd....
      July 19, 2011

      Sacway Sot!!!! You do not want to be a team leader because you are not a leader…. Keep following even when you are being led astray..You have no ambition is what that tells me….

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      July 19, 2011

      @ True Dominican or True Frenchy, ” leave Dominica for Dominicans…. go to hell with Dominicans”
      We know you and the Suppremo sa’ franscais, so no problem.

    • Anonymous
      July 20, 2011

      come an take him out there nah. edison an the UWP have to die before him.

  48. Who Cares??????
    July 19, 2011

    PM Why u even bother? the time spent on this response could have been used to negotiate and seal a deal for couple more scholarships, another road or housing project, etc. Dominicans not even paying these jokers any mind we know it’s just another attempt at creating distraction.

    Do the work of the people and let the people deal with Linton and the rest of the UWP ‘commess’ committee.

    • Really
      July 20, 2011

      you sound very worried and why so? don’t know the longest rope has an end, 99 days for thief and 1 day for the watch man you think skerrit is untouchable well when God ready for them thats how it always started he start in his house first then out side if yu seeing my dift which i know you cannot see bcause you are so blind and greedy by what you getting from skerrit, so you think h bring down bernard Josehp better known as B J fo a joke no he did that so peopl like Skerrit can fall right behind, and i know rght owhe talking with a hot iron in his throat, but he just start to talk because one way or the other he will pay for what he is doing t Gods children like B J , and you talkin about commess clean under you window first is there that have commess your hungry greedy bastard skerrit time bound come soon to come to an end oh yes he will to Godbe the glory

  49. July 19, 2011

    I AM GOING TO PRAY THE STRONGEST PRAYER I KNOW FOR JUSTICE TO BE DONE…AND SEEN TO BE DONE

    THANK GOD FOR LENNOX

    • opinion
      July 19, 2011

      Are you sure you will accept the truth?

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