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Dominica PM questions opposition resistance to Caribbean Court of Justice
Published on February 11, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has questioned a recent statement by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) against adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

In a recent interview, UWP’s election candidate Thompson Fontaine stated, “As a party we don’t believe that Dominica is ready for this move. We don’t believe it should have been done. There are still a lot of questions about the judiciary and the ability of our own people to preside over themselves.”

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit
However, Skerrit said this is another display of the UWP being unfit for any leadership role in Dominica.

“Now, what is the UWP’s opposition to the court? They have not given you any reasons to the court as to why we should not go this way. The only thing Thompson has said is that we are not ready as a people to oversee our own affairs. Now, is this somebody who is aspiring to be a leader of a country or in government saying that the Caribbean people are not mature enough, are not intelligent enough, are not capable enough to manage their own affairs? Then let us go back to before independence period,” he said.

The prime minister had high praise for members of the judiciary in the Caribbean.

“In the Caribbean we have some of the brightest judges and lawyers you can find anywhere in the world. Sir Denis Byron has sat on many UN tribunals, many courts in Africa, for example, courts established by the UN; we have Caribbean jurists sitting on the ICC, on many international legal tribunals because of their qualifications, because of their experience and because of the judgments they have received. We have had in the Caribbean, even in Dominica, people like Dr Liverpool and Justice Georges, may his soul rest in peace. All of these people are world renowned and world respected jurists and for the UWP to say as a party that in the second decade of the 21st century that we are not prepared, that we believe that a white person in England who does not know anybody in the Caribbean, who does not know about our life is more qualified than our own people to manage the affairs of our country, this is a very sad state, it tells you that the UWP is bereft of ideas, they are jumping like jumping jacks all over the place; today they support something tomorrow they oppose it and they next day they have something new to talk about,” he noted.

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William James:

I can understand why the Prime Minister is not eager to debate anyone. Of course I accept the fact that Thompson or whoever is against The Caribbean Court Of Justice should explain why he or she is opposed. However, How can the Prime Minister go on to say (are these his words) "The only thing Thompson has said is that we are not ready as a people to oversee our own affairs" and then go right on saying that " Now, is this somebody who is aspiring to be a leader of a country or in government saying that the Caribbean people are not mature enough, are not intelligent enough, are not capable enough to manage their own affairs? " In the form of a Question but what he is really doing is putting words in Thompson's mouth (speaking as if he was saying that, that is what Thompson is saying. This is exactly why we need Debates among our leaders/aspiring leaders.

This is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to say why he is for the Caribbean Court of Justice instead of guessing where someone else is on the issue or painting a picture that only the other person can paint. Instead The PM Throws away all his opportunity and chooses Mudslinging instead. This is a form of Mud Slinging (Mapree Dominican style) and we are fed up of it. This generation has moved out of those dark ages. We have all listened to Barack Obama and he was elected twice to be President of the United States that's the way to follow. If you want the voice, onion, advice, assistance, or where someone is on a matter, simply as the person; yes Call them out on the issue.

Dominicans are making a big mistake not demanding debates for the upcoming Elections. I think we as a people have come far enough to have debates between candidates running for any form of public office; especially General Elections, just as much as we can now handle our own Courts of Justice in the Caribbean. Personally I think that having "A Caribbean court of Justice" is a great Idea. Where can we read Thompson's statement? yes Thompson should make his statement about the issue clear and public if he Is the one speaking on this Matter for the UWP.


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