The fire and burning of the home of Glenworth Emmanuel on Christmas morning, which from all indications cannot be considered an accident, is the most serious and dangerous crime of the year.
Such an attack on an elder of 84 years and his wife while asleep, on a senior, distinguished and highly respected lawyer, and on a man with the courage to attack the scourge of corruption facing Dominica head-on by taking Mr. Skerrit’s lawyer to court, is without doubt , one which calls for the maximum condemnation, and indeed maximum action by Dominicans.
The United Workers Party condemns this next level of seemingly organized crime, seemingly being orchestrated to eliminate witnesses who come forward with evidence of corruption implicating the government and their agents. The UWP calls on all Dominicans to take maximum action to show their condemnation.
This vicious and criminal attack on the home of lawyer Glenworth Emmanuel on Christmas morning more than any other event in our country this year should signal the deep crisis into which Dominica has been plunged.
Following the fraudulent elections of Christmas 2009, and Prime Minister Skerrit’s unwillingness or inability to put a halt to the continuing acts of corruption and unaccountable governance, this crisis is the next level in the breakdown of the rule of law and the undermining of Dominica’s democracy. What we have seen over the year is: The IPO Commission has been unable to bite; inquiries called for have been ignored; secrecy and blocked information dominating parliament and government; government call for boycott of a private sector business has taken precedence over petitions signed by thousands of citizens; and government completely blocking all efforts of the Electoral Commission towards electoral reform.
Now we see attempted murder, and fire bombing of a private home on that holy night when the message of peace, justice and goodwill should fill the air.
The UWP condemns this outrageous and vicious criminal act, and the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
UWP calls on the president, the DPP, media, Christian churches, Bar Association, trade unions, National Council of Women, academic community, the Diaspora and all right thinking Dominicans, to spare no words in condemning this vicious crime.
The United Workers Party also calls on the Roosevelt Skerrit government to immediately set up an independent, professional and emergency investigation team involving the police and including other international crime agencies such as Scotland Yard and the FBI in order to provide personal security and to bring the perpetrators and those behind them, to justice.