Citing a number of reasons, Dominica’s parliamentary Opposition, the United Workers Party (UWP) has announced that it is bowing out of the National Reconstruction Advisory Committee, effective immediately.
The committee, which consisted of all elected members of parliament, was formed by the government after the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton, pointed out that some of the reasons for the pull out include vicious public attacks, routine rejection of the opposition’s advice on critical elements of recovery and reconstruction which has raised compelling public queries about the credibility and usefulness of this particular initiative to work together, the refusal of the Prime Minister to uphold the principles of good governance and his failure to respect the sacred oversight of responsibility of parliament for the conduct of government.
“The Parliamentary Advisory Group on National Reconstruction has outlived its usefulness in meaningfully serving the national interest,” he said at a press conference of the party which was held at the Prevost Cinemal on Tuesday 17th November 2015.
“We address you today on our decision to withdraw from the parliamentary advisory group on national reconstruction which has turned out to be nothing more than a political initiative by Roosevelt Skerrit to gain public sympathy in light of the inadequacy of his leadership skills and competencies for the task of post disaster reconstruction,” he said.
The the UWP leader noted that the party will no longer participate in the affairs of the group, which according to him has only met four times since its inception following Erika, with the last meeting on September 21st.
Linton remarked that the UWP has been faithful in their service to the common good as members of the group, “notwithstanding public vicious attacks on our sincerity of purpose by the Prime Minister’s chief spokesman and legal advisor and the Prime Minister’s blatant refusal to distance himself from the inaccurate and highly obnoxious comments.”
Meantime Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central, Joseph Isaac, who also addressed the conference, said the pull out is like getting out of an abusive relationship.
“For me specifically, I support what the leader said fully, but the message we want to send to young Dominicans is that if you are in a relationship with somebody and the person is abusing you, you do not stay in the relationship. That is the message,” he said.