Minister for National Security, Immigration and Labour Charles Savarin has told Sir Brian Alleyne to step down from the Integrity Commission on matters he deems as misconduct and for Alleyne’s alleged acquisition of a foreign passport.
Savarin, through Alick Lawrence Chambers, has told Alleyne in a letter that he stands to be disqualified from the commission after admitting he is a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Alleyne had made reference to him being a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when he spoke at a public forum at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus here last December.
“In view of your public admission, our client [Charles Savarin], believes it is imperative that, in view of section 5 (b) of the Integrity in Public Office Act, he brings the question of your very possible disqualification as a Member of the Integrity Commission to your attention,” Savarin said through the correspondence.
In the letter dated 04 March 2011 Savarin, through the Alick Lawrence attorneys, states that Alleyne like any other member of the Integrity Commission, “must not act publicly or make statements in a tone or manner, which raises serious questions of the independence and impartiality or misconduct on the part of that member”.
According to the letter, Alleyne has made several public comments in which he has claimed that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and members of the Dominica cabinet may be dishonest.
The letter further states that Savarin has credible information that Sir Brian Alleyne has been attending political meetings of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) and the Partnership for Democracy and Development (PDD), as well as meetings with several members of the United Workers Party (UWP).
“It is our client’s view that you may not be qualified to be a member of the Integrity Commission,” the letter pointed out, adding that the statements of Alleyne and his presence at political meetings of the opposition, are strong enough to suggest he is biased against the Dominica cabinet “and ought not to continue to be a member of the Integrity Commission”.
“Our client is of the view that you ought to immediately resign your position on the Integrity Commission,” the letter said.