Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has come out swinging against Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, describing him as the most incompetent Leader of the Opposition in Dominica.
Skerrit was responding to a question at a press conference on Friday morning about a motion of no confidence against him to be tabled by Linton in Parliament on October 19, on allegations that Skerrit has mismanaged the economy.
The Prime Minister laughed at the motion saying it is a joke and he cannot be distracted by what he called “lazy men.”
“I have not met, including the supporters of the Opposition, one person who has not laughed when they heard this, including from their own supporters, including from members of the parliament,” he said. “They will not say so publicly, some of them, but, I mean, they are laughing at this. It’s a joke, it’s a joke.”
He stated that if anyone wants to question any country in the world for proper management of state finances, “it is going to be Dominica…”
Skerrit pointed out that Linton has not been assisting the people of Marigot, even when the government offers help.
“This a gentleman who I offer last year, 15 petrocasas – 15, three-bedroom petrocasa with two washrooms for the citizens of Marigot – and he has not moved one finger to take advantage of this 15 petrocasas in the initial instance,” he said. “This is a member of parliament who criticizes the government by saying we do not help Marigot people with school supplies, not knowing that over 60 students from Marigot received books, shoes, uniform, and in some cases school bags, from the government of Dominica to attend school.”
Additionally, he noted that Linton had demonstrated over feeder roads in Marigot and “who knows I gave the village council of Marigot $30,000 to do some repairs to that road.”
“The monies have been sitting in the council in a fixed deposit, I have been told in the streets, for over a year, for over a year,” Skerrit stated.
He said it is against Linton a vote of no confidence should be brought.
“So if there is anybody in this country, in the parliament who a vote of no confidence should be held against, it’s Mr. Linton, it’s Mr. Linton,” he noted. “Mr Linton is the most incompetent and ineffective Opposition Leader. He’s beaten the Member of Salisbury ten to one and the member of Salisbury was bad.”
He added, “Everybody is laughing about this thing, everybody say it’s a joke.”
Skerrit said jokes cannot be taken to parliament.
“We cannot go to parliament with jokes, we have to go to parliament with serious business,” he said. “It’s a joking you are making Mr. Linton. I am speaking to you. Let us take parliament seriously, my brother.”