Member of the United Workers Party (UWP), Dr. Thomson Fontaine, has said the Executive Committee of the party will meet with residents and the constituency association of Roseau South on Tuesday evening to discuss matters relating to one of its high ranking members.
The member is being accused in a matter of alleged inappropriate behaviour towards a minor and the party’s leader, Lennox Linton, has already made it clear that resignation from office by the member is the honourable thing to do at this time.
“We are actually looking for feedback from constituents concerning the stance of the party,” Dr. Fontaine told Dominica News Online on Tuesday of the meeting to be held at Harlem Plaza in New Town. “As you know the party have asked the member to resign as the Deputy Leader of the party in the view of the allegations that have been made against him. We also hope to explain to them the position that we have taken and why we have taken that position. It has to do with specific instructions in our constitution in terms of how we move ahead when there are allegations made (about) either a leader of a party or the Deputy Leader of the party.”
He stated that the member has been invited to the meeting since “it is only fair he forms part of the meeting tonight.”
However, he made it clear that the member is still part of the UWP.
“We still consider him as part of the party,” Dr. Fontaine stated. “The member is still a member of the United Workers Party. The request was for him to step down as Deputy Leader until the air is cleared.”
Recently, allegations of inappropriate behavior by three men involving a minor surfaced. The men have all appeared in court. Two are on bail, while lawyers for one are seeking a judicial review to prevent the charge from being read to him.
MP for Soufriere, Ian Pinard, has resigned as Ports Minister in light of what he said are allegations of inappropriate behavior made against him.