Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has dismissed claims that he has an interest in supermarket chain, Cost-U-Less in Barbados, saying that they are ‘unfounded’ and ‘baseless.’
The prime minister’s name popped up on a blog site, Barbados Underground, in an article named “Who Are the Local Partners in Cost-U-Less?” posted on April 27, 2013.
The post stated, “The word making the rounds is that Leroy Parris, The Estate of the late David Thompson, Hartley Henry and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit represent the local interest. These names will cause many to ask many questions.”
One of the questions the site posed was, “If Skerrit is so friendly with decision makers in Barbados why have we not been able to establish a bilateral trade agreement with Dominica which was promised when the 2008 Thompson government was ‘inaugurated’?”
The matter was picked up by some in Dominica who have been questioning whether Skerrit actually had interest in Cost-U-Less or not.
But speaking on “Focus on Government and Development” radio program on Thursday evening the prime minister said the claims are typical of critics who “say a number of foolish things, a number of unfounded baseless things, anything to criticize the government then they would would say it.”
According to Skerrit information posted on the blog site is untrue. “It’s just like these guys went on some blog site in Barbados called Underground and some persons wrote that Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of Dominica has some interest in Cost-U-Less in Barbados,” the prime minister said, “which is totally untrue.”
He noted that the information is taken from an ‘unknown source’ and some people are “treating it as if it is the Gospel according to Luke.”
“Our critics will criticize for all sorts of things….” he said.