President laments lack of support for fundraiser ‘because of politics’

His Excellency Charles A. Savarin

President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin is bemoaning what he says is the non-attendance at the President’s Charities Foundation Fundraising Dinner by all persons of various affiliations due to political reasons.

The president believes that political hostility caused division and lack of support for his annual fundraiser which was held on Saturday July 6, 2019.

“In fact, I speculate how wonderful it would be if all of the persons of the various political opinions would gather here in this ambient atmosphere and to have an exchange without acrimony and the usual sort of hostility which exists in our adversarial relationship in the political arena,” he stated.

Citing the lack of response to his invitation, Savarin expressed the hope that when Dominicans meet again in a similar forum that they would have had an election that all members of the new parliament following that election will be present at the next President Charities Foundation fundraising dinner.

The president said the funds received at the dinner are distributed in the various constituencies represented by the various members of parliament.

A number of charitable organizations in Dominica have benefited from proceeds raised during the President’s Charities Foundation fundraising dinner.

Last year’s recipients include the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), St Jerome’s Ministry, Lupus Foundation, Dominica Council on Aging, R.E.A.C.H, House of Hope, St Vincent De Paul Society (Roseau & Northern Branches), The Social Centre (St. Ann’s Day Nursery) , Operation Youth Quake, Alpha Centre, Workshop For The Blind and the Dominica Dementia Foundation.

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59 Comments

  1. ME
    July 11, 2019

    Mr. President, stop playing… Go by your Parl Rep for a cool out and all problems solve :!:

  2. July 11, 2019

    Sorry Mr President you looking for money the wrong place just go shake the CBI monie tree in the Financial Center problem solve garcon.

  3. Tanty
    July 10, 2019

    Magway sah! Charlo know we the people broke, especially us Labourites , we broke broke broke same way we red red red.

    The hard working UWP blue bugs supporters with their hard earned money will not support your fundraiser because you bias against them :lol: :lol: :lol:;

    And the Freedomites despise you because you sell out to the Skerritites, and as far as the true honest Freedomites are concerned you get your 30 pieces of bloody silver annually so what more do you want.

    Now you crying crocodile tears about people not supporting… All the CBI beneficiaries could easily buy out your fund raising charity dinner since will the broke labourites, hard working UWP-ites and disappointed Freedomites will not support your event when all the CBI passport sellers and Skerritites could buy out your event with just a handful… Magway sa Charlo

  4. James
    July 10, 2019

    Am I the only person to see that a president is useless and costing the country too much?

  5. Katim
    July 10, 2019

    That one still alive nuh

  6. Kate
    July 10, 2019

    Sir while you complain I am wondering how much of the reported $23,000/month +++ salary free food , free security free transport perks did you give to the foundation.
    one word response for you: Go away

  7. Ibo france
    July 10, 2019

    Truth be told, President Savarin is the most hated public figure in Dominica. This happens because his selection was shrouded in controversy. The man is nothing more than an opportunist and Skerrit, for nominating him for this position, shows how daft and clueless he (Skerrit) is. He has forced a misfit on the people all due to his crooked thinking.

  8. poverty
    July 10, 2019

    Oh wow, you really think so mister president? I wonder why people are not coming to the event(s). Is it because you have help the DLP to keep the people poor or is it because of your uselessness or (wait for it)it’s maybe both or even more. I mean come on man, you are help a ONE MAN government keep the people in poverty and becoming a billionaire while some people still cannot have a proper meal and you questioning why they are not coming at your event? Ask yourself the question again and then sit and refelct and you will be able to answer that yourself. Afterall sir, they said you are or maybe was a smart man.

  9. Braindamage
    July 9, 2019

    Charlo, pray for your party not to win .
    If it does, Skerro will replace you and his wife will replace him..

  10. Flat Tire
    July 9, 2019

    Charles boy not even the chief puppets like Joseph john and assistant puppets like kid on the block that come and write something on your behalf nuhh

  11. Smh
    July 9, 2019

    Mr. Charles. I used to have much respect for you. You’re and old man, is this how you want to be remembered? Do you feel proud about being chief puppet of Skerrit? A man half your age? Is a shame.

    • Neville
      July 10, 2019

      People like him and all those Skerrit disciples have no pride. What are you talking about? All they are interested in is money, positions and favours from the crime minister.

  12. Ibo france
    July 9, 2019

    President Savarin, your role is mostly ceremonial. You literally sit and lie around most days and receive a fat monthly salary while many destitute mothers don’t even have breast milk to feed their children. Can’t you forego half of your salary and donate it to a worthy cause? What about creating a Farmer’s Corps for single mothers. They farm together, reap together and sell their produce to hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, mom and pop shops and the general public. Let them work closely with the agricultural extension officers for guidance and advice. You live too aloof from the people who pay your bills and give you a very hefty monthly salary for doing so little. Find something worthy of doing. Make a profound impact on the lives of some needy persons.

  13. Milk Them
    July 9, 2019

    Eh beh look it! Very simple solution sir. Use the expected earnings as a base and then divide that by the number of persons who attended. They love and support you, so just milk them.

  14. Red eyes
    July 9, 2019

    With pwell people paying man? All you closed Ross University rhat uze to create employment for over two thousand and all yoj killed the banana industry that created employment for over 3000 of uz so where we taking money to come in funraiser? Im so disappointed as a laborite to see after 20 years all you caused us to lose everything. I still red but all you destroyed dominica

  15. Hedda
    July 9, 2019

    Bossman I making 30 thousand dollars a month for doing not a bloody ting and u talking bout fundraiser? Why u doe distribute your salary to the poor ..darm wortlic. I can’t wait to vote all you out

  16. dissident
    July 9, 2019

    my brother you should approach de man that say is he dat run tings in Dominica.
    Tell him to rake it from his personal account so he can prove his worth.
    a small list:
    DLP
    CBI passport selling agents
    Range Developments
    MMC
    NH
    Dominica Strong

    de above should be de first vocal and visibly proud to make MASSIVE contributions to the charity.

    However, it appears that for the first time the Office of The President Of The Commonwealth of Dominica doesn’t have de support of de common man,
    Besides de fact that dat dinner is costly for de average Dominican…let’s face it…you are not a popular President and you know why.
    With all de millions and billions coming from passport sales de agents can’t come together and let go half a million to your office for charity?

  17. J.john-Charles
    July 9, 2019

    If you don’t know Mr. You would swear he was,and is nonpolitical.He is such a nice man.

  18. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    July 9, 2019

    I wonder if the President remembered that he told Dominicans to boycott Brisbane’s establishment in Canefield, when he wrote the infamous letter to outside entities, about the poor decision to construct the State Palace, before a hospital. Has he forgotten his role in this fiasco?

  19. Bob Denis
    July 9, 2019

    Garrison meh Dehba, Forgetfulness Anemia, is caused by the lack of vitamin B12 or being unable to absorb it. The symptoms? Nerve damage,Confusion, dementia, Memory loss and worst of all, Depression. It seems all the Negatives that Mr Savarin have stood for over his political life, is now coming home to roost. Mr Savarin have sold his Morals if there was any for a position of living off the sweat and tears of the states Populace. Dominica have lots of his kind lurking in the DARK, Masquerading both at Home and in foreign Lands.

  20. Karl Orndem
    July 9, 2019

    haha. nobody went to your party my boy. Dont cry, just make sure they put it in law next time that the they do.

  21. B boy
    July 9, 2019

    What goes around comes around, you asked people to boycott Brezee Mart did you not know that it would have come back to bite you sir? You started the disunity amount the populace why are you acting so surprised? Are you losing your memory sir?

  22. LifeandDeath
    July 9, 2019

    Charles take your “cool out” and sponsor the Charity yourself..All you over do it in destroying every moral in that country then complain and act surprised that some people will stand up and call a spade a spade!!..
    First off, I am yet to understand how a man can resign as Minister of Gov’t and become an “impartial” President. What start bad must end bad.

  23. The U.K. Contingent
    July 9, 2019

    You might get a better, non-partisan, result when you start leading by example!

  24. neg bwa
    July 9, 2019

    His Excellency charities foundation wanting a “cool out”? can the parties speak on the vexing issues of election reform, abuse of incumbency and political oppression over dinner??

  25. Honesty
    July 9, 2019

    Well I’m not surprised l also believe other smaller institutions should be beneficiaries

  26. Workers of Iniquity
    July 9, 2019

    No Savarin, it’s a combination of politics and the state that you, Skerrit and co put Dominica in people are fedup and we are just waiting to hear the bell to get rid of the evil administration

  27. Honesty
    July 9, 2019

    What about giving to the other smaller institutions just a thought

  28. Child of Itassi
    July 9, 2019

    Your pardner Skerrit boasting he made over $1,000,000,000.00 (yes, that’s 1billion dollars) in 5 months last year from CBI. So If is “coolout” you want, get in the Red Clinic line.

  29. LANGSAL
    July 9, 2019

    IMAGINE, The president believes that political hostility caused division and lack of support for his annual fundraiser which was held on Saturday July 6, 2019.

    my god charles forgot his role in the 1979 when he used civil servants to advance his career as a diplomat and also his role in destroying or selling our beloved party(DFP) just for a seat in a minister position and ultimately a place in the palace under an appointment with was not unanimous between the government and the opposition…

    an unhonarable man who seems to think that he can command respect.

  30. Frank N Stein
    July 9, 2019

    Did Charlo really ask this stupid question? millions of dollars being wasted in your presence and you expect sensible people to take out their pennies in their pockets to come do what with you? Skerro can contribute handsomely to your “charity” enjoy. This is just a taste of things to come.

  31. Compere Tigre
    July 9, 2019

    It may be that the office of the president, which I believe should not be partisan, may be seen as some to be partisan. That is to say, there may be a need for the of the office of the president to assert or make known its independence from partisan political affiliations that may be causing this image problem.

    It may also be that, many people do not understand the office of president, its functions, etc. This may be an education issue that may need to be addressed in schools, through publications etc. And this may be a wider concern about the symbols of our state, how government works in Dominica etc.

    There may be other reasons for this, including that people do not see the value of the President’s Charities or that the services that it provides may be found elsewhere.

    A short list of possibilities that is not exhaustive.

  32. REAL!!!!
    July 9, 2019

    Mr. President , Why would people and businesses support a fundraiser of this nature which would involved giving away their hard earn money after GOVT taxes….. In a failing economy while the GOVT is giving away money left and right.. including alleged ” Cool Out”.

    Therefore lament the GOVT not the public for this FAILED charitable
    fundraiser because the GOVT is the PROBLEM!!!!!

  33. My little take
    July 9, 2019

    Charles Savarin should lament the closure of Breezes Mart because of politics. Charles Savarin must remember that it was he, as Minister of national security that called on Dominicans to boycott the business place of Breezes Mart which at that time had over one hundred persons employed. So I guess his evil seed he showed is taking roots allover in Dominica today.

  34. HMMM
    July 9, 2019

    Hmmmm. You surprised? You have shown you biasness to the government in power, and you expect those who you rule against to support you? Why did you even had to mention the word constituency in your speech. That’s a direct result when they take a minister to be President. A sign of things to come. Dominicans not going to pretend anymore. No more country first! Selfishness! because the politicians have mastered the art of running for office then putting things in place for them to retire comfortable while the masses suffer. Pack you bag Saverin!

  35. Reapochalo
    July 9, 2019

    Well Charlo you Reap what you Sow

  36. Observing
    July 9, 2019

    So…..He can talk?

  37. %
    July 9, 2019

    I fully and effusively support ALL those who DID NOT attend, because in my view, Dominica does not have a neutral president, but a one sided president. Thank God the term of DLP as the government of this country with soon be ended by the electorate, and the new government will give the country a neutral president!!!!!

  38. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 9, 2019

    President Savarin is not making sense. He comes from the Labour Party and he is saying that Laborites did not attend his fundraising efforts because of politics? The truth of the matter is it was not attended because of himself. President Savarin, you are unpopular and have not been beloved by the people irrespective of their political stripes. You are painting with a broad brush and not understanding that by pointing a finger at politics as the culprit, more fingers point back at you. You have always been aloof and this is the result of your not being grounded in and with the Dominican folk of all stripes.

  39. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    July 9, 2019

    He should have plenty of money from he side kick yours truly from the C B I millions collected from the sale of passports, he should have gotten his share. He needs to ask yours truly his PM for some.

  40. LaPlaine Observer
    July 9, 2019

    It’s ironic the president acknowledges political division only when the attendance for his fundraiser is below expectations. He has become part of the problem by his inaction to be an impartial public servant.

  41. jamie
    July 9, 2019

    The evil empire is falling,and i hope the uwp does not come with the same crap,of looking out for who supports them only,politics has killed Dominica.

  42. time has told
    July 9, 2019

    they say if is one party they not going to is his own. alas.

  43. D moomoo talking
    July 9, 2019

    Mr. President
    I know deep down you are itching to say something about Mr. Skerrit’s corrupt government and their gross mismanagement of our country’s resources. The revolutionary inside you is itching to come out. But he can’t because you won’t let him. Alas, Skerrit has bought you too.

  44. UKDominican
    July 9, 2019

    Charles, you of all people are blaming politics for people shunning your charity dinner? Your vanity led you willingly into the trap that Roosevelt Skerrit sprung for you. By accepting the position of President you emasculated yourself and now the cuckoo is in your nest and you have no way of evicting him, have you? You have no power and are beholden to the very stripling you once looked down upon. Has it occurred to you that people do not want to be seen attending your dinner because it may send the wrong message, contaminate them? The charities do not need you, those who want make a donation can do so privately, without having to pay for your dinner. Enjoy your privileges Charles, as long as they last but let me tell you, the savarin has gone stale and the liquor in the syrup long evaporated.

  45. viewsexpressed
    July 9, 2019

    Is that Savarin serious?. “The president believes that political hostility caused division and lack of support for his annual fundraiser which was held on Saturday July 6, 2019.” Savarin, go talk to your failed Skerrit, he has all the answers to the maters that you have raised specifically of the political hostility caused by your failed Skerrit`s immature behaviour. Anyone who does not support this failed corrupt labour government is therefore hostile. Savarin, Skerrit, the hostility was initiated by your failed, questionable labour Government.
    Hon. Lennox Linton, Opposition Leader and his professional credible UWP appears to be that threat to this Corrupt labour government and its failed PM Skerrit. Now be advised that as there is no way your failed Labour Governemnt is able to step into the foot of the decent, credible UWP Team and its promising, serious, focussed Opposition, articulate Leader Hon Lennox Linton.
    We need failed immature Skerrit & DLP government out of…

  46. My Dominica
    July 9, 2019

    What goes around comes around.. who ask people to boycott Breezy Mart? . take what u get.. Wicked man

  47. Iamanidiot
    July 9, 2019

    When people attacking each other, dragging each other on political stages, destroying people’s property, want to beat each other because you wearing a blue, red or pink shirt. You never spoke out, but now people don’t come to your fancy dinner and spend money you speaking out…interesting.

  48. Flat Tire
    July 9, 2019

    Mr Savrin do you know that members of the opposition ate being arrested and dragged to court for made accusations.
    that Mr Linton was set up to be arrested in relation to leaked documents.
    that Mr GON Emmanuel’s house was fire bombed and never got a day in court.
    That the electors list need sanitizing
    That the people of Salisbury were teargassed ..
    Sir we lament your lack of support for democracy good governance and fairness

  49. dee
    July 9, 2019

    Charles you are unbelievable .
    A genuine human being with plausible intentions would , indicate the amount raised last year and declare , he will personally donate an amount to match what was raised , but you being the —
    that you are would never do such a thing , it is not in your nature .

  50. Ibo france
    July 9, 2019

    I hereby recommend to the President to donate four of his monthly salaries that he receives for doing absolutely nothing to charities of his choice.

  51. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 9, 2019

    Charles, it is all of the nasty politics you played all of you life that got you where you are becoming a token puppet of someone who could be your grandson; it was your politics that caused you to instigate, and direct a civil war in 1979 which lasted lasted forty days and forty nights!

    You were the cause of the toppling of a legitimate elected government: you actually overthrow your very own Labor Party led by Patrick John; remember?

    There was a time when people could have contributed money for any form of charity, but since people are without jobs, since the sale of passport industry employs the people who supports Roosevelt; staving people have nothing to give away; Roosevelt pays you more than a million dollars per year; why not give half to your charity?

    Your lamentation will not help you now or ever; you as well as Roosevelt is on your way out!

    Nebuchadnezzar saw the hand writing on the wall same as you and Roosevelt Skerrit!

  52. Ibo France
    July 9, 2019

    Not once has this gentleman condemned the vicious political garbage emanating from the potty mouths of the DLP candidates. How can he be surprised by the insane political rifts in the country? Political tribalism is destroying Dominica. No other political party practises this hyper partisanship better than the candidates of a party gone awry, the DLP. Listen to the political campaigns of the two major parties. The difference is like day and night. UWP is light, very uplifting, DLP is replete with personal attacks, coarseness, acrimony and of little substance. Mr. President, stop being disingenuous. As long as you and Mr. Skerrit remain at the apex of government, the country will continue to disintegrate.

  53. PENNY
    July 9, 2019

    Charlo with all due respect. The thousands of dollars Dominican are paying you for doing nothing at your old Retirement age, You should donate it. You’re sitting and watching all the madness going on and doing nothing and you talking from the other side of your mouth. No one should attend they don’t trust you. I do encourage my people to donate to whatever causes they wish to in person. No monies should go through alu hands.

  54. RandyX
    July 9, 2019

    You play a major role in these politics even so you shouldn’t. You are one of Skerrits puppets and you talk about politics? You and Skerrit have decided our island and you will pay the price soon. The clock is ticking and your days in the golden palace are numbered.

  55. Shaka zulu
    July 9, 2019

    You sit silently while politicians destroyed the country now you come complain. Mr. President you are a victim of your own circumstances. Thats all your doing. I thought you were in a comma for a bit. You have aided and abetted the beast so go back in your crab hole and shut it

  56. John Jay
    July 9, 2019

    Stay there take sides as a PRESIDENT of a country supporting whats not right and when is FUND RAISING expect the people and companies that you help your GOVERNMENT to oppress come forward and make donations and participate.
    No this is wrong Mr savarin , where you was suppose to be NEUTRAL went along and take SIDES so thats why skerrit must go and also you time for FRESH BLOOD. You all SUCK TO MUCH

  57. Zammm
    July 9, 2019

    Mr President, how dear do you expect support for your charities when you guys laid the platform for division n nasty politics… Dominicans especially freedomites n uwpites n concerned 🇩🇲s should not attend any of your activities.. You are a labour president of Roosevelt and labour party… Dats why alll of you guys must goooooooo. Right now labor is just a disaster in Dominica… I must confess that nothing with labour party got my support…
    Once again, Dominicans are smart so no support for you that rubber stamp president. Lord put a hand on them so called catholics n Christians forming dat labour party

  58. Dominica
    July 8, 2019

    Whereas the proceeds go towards a worthy cause, I totally agree with the non support for this event. The president is a mere puppet of this administration and does nothing to champion the cause for democracy in Dominica. Gone are the days of presidents like Sorhaindo and Seignoret. I will not support anything with Charles Savarin, in fact I am happy people are not supporting it, stand up for what you believe in Dominicans.

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