Below are statements attributed to Tony Astaphan on the dual citizenship
issue which in part led to the resignation of Sir Brian Alleyne.. from the
IPO Commission I agree with the author of the Astaphan quotes that Astaphan’s expressed
statements are grossly inconsistent and cannot all be true. In the Astaphan
mind dual citizenship is a “contaminating vice” in the case of St Kitts,
other jurisdictions and Sir Brian but Skerrit is exempt from effect of the
same vice..and so in the latter case according to Astaphan dual citizenship
disqualification in Dominica constitution is “antiquated and illogical”.
These mental gymnastics require a very high level of intellectual
dishonesty which now seems to infect the body politic in Dominica
C A Shillingford
On February 23rd, 2011, I addressed Anthony Astaphan in a Dominica-Opinion
blog post as follows:
“In 2009 you were uncompromisingly on the side of those who understood and
embraced the provision in our constitution which disqualifies those who
are under allegiance to a foreign power or state. You told the people of St
Kitts that members of Parliament must have only one allegiance and that is
to the country they want to represent. In 2011 you have made an about turn
so that you can defend Skerrit who stands in breach of that constitutional
provision and is therefore an illegal member of parliament and a squatter
in the office of Prime Minister. On Sunday night you found the gall to
actually express regret on the Barbados TV show the Peoples Business, that host
Peter Wickham had encountered “uncivilized” and “political responses” from
“surprising sources” in Dominica to his criticisms of the anti dual
citizenship provision in the Dominica constitution as “antiquated and illogical”.
Consider carefully, Astaphan’s new two-part explanation of his dual
1. My statements in St Kitts were directed at a specific factual context
andin response to statements made by the Leader of the Peoples Action
Movement. These facts do not exist in Dominica.
2. In Barbados, I said that Peter Wickham was savaged and sandbagged by
the likes of you for saying nothing different to that said by Bruce Golding
and Sir Ronald Saunders and many others who believe that these provisions
In St Kitts, on August 5th, 2009 Liar Astaphan actually said to ZIZ
interviewer Lesroy WIlliams:
“We must not allow the political process, the parliamentary process and
the electability of our people to be polluted by dual citizenship. You must
have one oath of allegiance only and that’s to the parliament, the governor
general and the people of this country… and Dominica, Antigua… my views
on this issue is not tailored to St Kitts. My view on this position is a
universal view I share it in every single island that I go and it is not
tailored by politics. It is the constitutional reality of the government that we
In Barbados, on February 20th, 2011 Liar Astaphan was a guest on the TV
Program ‘The Peoples Business’ and actually said to host Peter Wickham:
“I think it is a matter of deep regret that the statements that you made
in relation to this question and the need for legislative and constitutional
reform, received a sort of uncivilized and political response in Dominica
and from some surprising sources as well. The position that you had taken
in that matter is no different to that taken by the government of Jamaica
and by Prime Minister Bruce Goodwin and Sir Ronald Saunders that these are
certainly archaic provisions”.
How many times does this lawyer have to be caught lying with impunity
before civilized society relegates him to his rightful place?
How many times must this inveterate liar fail in his sanctimonious
attempts to savage me for being able to present to the people more accurate
accounts of his own statements than he himself is able to remember?
The count continues!
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than
sacrifice…” Proverbs 21:3