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Commentary: Greater participation in the rejuvenation of Grenada
Published on December 15, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ian Francis

Four years ago, Grenadians were fed with an array of concocted stories that were specifically aimed at assassinating the characters of known opposition players within the New National Party (NNP). Many well known internet and media moguls led the assault in silent collaboration with certain known elements in Grenada's Ministry of Legal Affairs.

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Ian Francis resides in Toronto and is a frequent contributor on Caribbean affairs. He is a former Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grenada and can be reached at ianf505@gmail.com
Fortunately, as these Grenadian concubines unleashed their character assassination against NNP officials, word broke that one of the concubines had himself sinned, and exited the Thomas administration with great shame, which left Prime Minister Thomas gasping for breath. Unfortunately, the internet and media moguls continued with their despicable and shameless conduct.

Following the concubine's shameless exit from the NDC administration, many ambitious legal luminaries both in and out of government continued with their character assassination and disinformation to Grenada voters about NNP officials’ conduct in office from 1995-2008. The hope of a judgeship and renewal of an ambassadorial position were not achieved and both luminaries made the decision to lie low, as they were not able to achieve any professional elevation or muster any credible evidence against NNP officials where an indictment would be able to withstand the test of prima facie evidence and beyond a reasonable doubt.

While, at a later juncture, two of the legal luminaries took leave from their mischief, the internet and media moguls have continued with their outlandish behaviour much to the deep resentment of NNP supporters. The writing and posting of unsubstantiated allegations against NNP officials can be easily seen on various electronic media aligned or sympathetic to the fumbling NDC.

Fortunately, Mitchell and his colleagues remained focused and were not distracted as their number one priority remains engaging Grenadians in broad-based political discussions and planning alternate strategies to rejuvenate, improve and sustain the quality of life for screaming Grenadians.

Grenadians are warming up to the NNP in large and decisive numbers, as recently substantiated by the large and intensive gathering at the River Sallee junction on December 9, 2010. These events are very well attended by party supporters wearing their party colours and pledging their unswerving support to make the nation green, a clear indicator that the NNP is committed to addressing climatic and environmental change.

As Grenadians prepare for the next polls, which are likely to be sometime in 2013, indicators tell us clearly that the endured and enormous suffering and tomfoolery under the Thomas-led NDC continues to be severe and it is evident that they are not prepared to accept it any more.

As one moves across the various electoral constituencies, there are varying stories about our youth, inadequate medical resources both at the general hospital and in rural health centres. Coupled with many of these sad and pathetic stories, is the continued abandonment of the elderly and disabled. The Thomas administration has marginalized so many in the nation's population that change and the numbered days of Thomas's NDC can be strongly felt.

As Grenada awaits this very important poll, there are daily births of various political entities emerging. One such recent birth was the emergence of a new political party under the banner National United Front (NUF). It is understood that those engaged in this new party are former disenchanted and expelled members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). While many disenchanted NDC supporters have opted not seek direct involvement in NUF, many have opted to seek refuge within the New National Party (NNP) of Dr Keith Mitchell and they are being welcome into their newly found domain.

While the NDC witnesses and sobs of its depleting numbers, they are also faced with a growing string of civil litigation challenges brought by expelled NDC members. These legal challenges have now made their way to the Grenada High Court, where decisions are expected shortly and could plunge the NDC into greater chaos.

The current NDC economic desperation has resulted in excess speed and reckless decisions, only to see prime government holdings being sold in order to find ways to meet recurrent expenditures later this month. There are many more vicious stories to be told but many are already known and the judgement call will be on voters.

As earlier indicated, last Sunday, December 9, 2012, the NNP Western Zone division held a very successful public meeting. The address by former prime minister of St Vincent, Sir James Mitchell, was well received and pumped up the crowd, as Mitchell remains very fiery. The crowd roared when Sir James politely suggested to Tilly that he should give Grenada a Christmas gift by dissolving Parliament and announcing a date for free and fair elections. Other speakers at the mass rally included Party leader Dr Mitchell and his Western rescue team who shared creative ideas with those in attendance on the way forward.

As it is very well known in many Grenadian circles, never before in the history of Grenada has the NNP and its leader’s character been so revered. In spite of such despicable and vicious conduct by the many known accomplices, the NNP and its leadership have survived and from all indicators could very well return to office in 2013.

There is no doubt that, during the reign of the NNP, mistakes were made and the leadership has never wavered in accepting its governance mistakes. It is often said that every mistake made by an institution is a learning process that will no doubt be altered when future action is required on the mistaken initiative. In meetings upon meetings, the leadership of the NNP has clearly committed to voters that, if elected in 2013, governing the nation will be much different.

In an atmosphere or environment where the principles and practices of fairness, principle and truth must be accorded and recognized, there is indeed a citizenry responsibility on those who embarked upon mischief, innuendos and plain character assassination of the NNP and Dr Mitchell to bring closure and recognize that their task and journey were indeed reckless. Those engaged in such distasteful conduct know who they are and that it is time to move on by joining the NNP rescue mission with the hope of building a new and just society that has been wrecked by Thomas and the NDC.

Grenadians at home and in the Diaspora must understand that positive results will not be achieved overnight. The governing task after the NDC wreckers’ departure will be enormous and challenging. The new incoming government must be accorded the opportunity to govern the nation properly. At the same time, the new administration will have to develop and implement innovative strategies that pave the way for citizen engagement in some aspect of national decision making.

An early task of any new incoming administration should focus on local government development that hopefully would encourage greater citizen participation in the decision making process. It can be achieved and Grenadians should look forward to new and participatory governing in 2013.
 
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