Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan has responded to claims by the Opposition Leader Hector John that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit acted against his Cabinet members by offering a Dominica Passport to West Indies cricketer Shivnerine Chanderpaul.
John has branded Skerrit’s move to bestow citizenship upon Chanderpaul as an act of contempt for his cabinet.
He also described the Prime Minister’s act as “impulsive” and one of showmanship deliberately aimed at covering up the fact that, for the third significant event in the life of the stadium, he failed to show up there.
But Astaphan, who is one of Prime Minister Skerrit’s main legal advisors, has shrugged off John’s claim and said that John and members of his United Workers Party (UWP) need to focus on development plans for Dominica.
Astaphan said they need to explain why is it that after 10 years the nation has not been able to hear some credible alternatives from the UWP on how they can move the country forward.
“The Opposition Leader needs to grow up. I think Hector John need to stop behaving like a child. I think the UWP needs to stop behaving like spoilt brats who cannot get over the fact that they have lost the elections. They need to go into parliament and do the people’s business,” Astaphan said.
According to Astaphans, the Prime Minister has the absolute prerogative to make a decision on that nature.
“The Prime Minister may not have discussed it with his Cabinet before but he will take it to the cabinet and get the approval for a decision of almost 99.9 percent,” he said.