PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE CITIZENS FORUM FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE (DRAFT)
On a radio program hosted by legal advisor to the Prime Minister, Anthony Astaphan, Government Information Director, Mervyn Paul and Minister for National Security and Labour, Charles Savarin in which Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit participated live by telephone, aired on Kairi FM radio, the Minister of National Security and Labour advocated for the boycott of O.D Brisbane and Sons Ltd. a company that has been in existence for more than fifty years, which employs dozens of Dominicans and which has demonstrated a corporate conscience by making significant charitable contributions to society.
Mr. Savarin’s comments comes against the background of letters written by O.D. Brisbane’s chairman, Jerry Brisbane, to the international donor community expressing concern of the Dominica government’s decision to proceed with the borrowing of $27million to construct a Presidential Palace while the Dominica economy is experiencing a financial crisis.
Whereas the minister reserves the right to condemn Mr. Brisbane for his action, as a government minister and most importantly one who holds the portfolio of national security and labor, the minister has severely compromised his office as a minister of government and must vacant his position of minister with immediate effect.
The minister of labor is responsible for resolving labor disputes and must be impartial in the execution of his duties, he is also responsible for national security. In the event of some industrial action taken against O.D. Brisbane and Sons and the minister is required to intervene, can O.D. Brisbane and Sons expect a fair outcome?
Charles Savarin has crossed the line of moral decency, he has violated the basic principles of the office that he holds and should be declared unfit to serve as a minister of government.
Is the Commonwealth of Dominica entering a new phase of despotic governance? Charles Savarin, who was responsible for the destruction of private property, the burning and stoning of commercial properties of Dominica Labor Party supporters is back.
The radio program hosted by Anthony Astaphan promotes hatred and racism in a country that is already polarized with party political enmity.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit must dissociate himself and the government of Dominica from the statements made by Charles Savarin, the views expressed by Mervyn Paul and Anthony Astaphan and release Charles Savarin from his position as minister of government with immediate effect.
Dominicans must demand decency from their leaders.