September 7, 2010
Eustace to write CARICOM heads

Political Leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Arnhim Eustace is expected to send a letter to CARICOM Heads of State and other regional organizations today, Tuesday, September 7, lambasting the ULP administration on a number of issues.{{more}}

Eustace said amidst Prime Minister Dr.Ralph Gonsalves’ complaints to CARICOM in a letter dated August 24, the fact remains that democracy is under threat in St.Vincent and the Grenadines.

“People’s rights of association, a number of them have been trampled upon, especially with the level of victimization,” said Eustace.

Eustace on the NDP’s New Times radio programme on Monday, said he intends to point out in the letter that only the people of St.Vincent and the Grenadines know the type of conditions they are living under.

The Opposition Leader said he will tell CARICOM that Vincentians are concerned about Gonsalves’ “radical and revolutionary credentials among certain countries”.

He added that he will also mention that there is a daily abuse of government resources, while patients have to provide their own sheets and basic supplies at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH).

Eustace noted that the letter will speak about constant insults hurled at Vincentians, threats, verbal abuse and racial comments by the Prime Minister. He expressed that he will also mention that there are alarming levels of political victimisation and poverty on the ground, as well as the refusal by the Prime Minister to answer pertinent questions put to him by the Opposition in Parliament.

He said in the end, the people of St.Vincent and the Grenadines will be the ones to make their determination on who they want to be in government on the basis of what has happened to them.

The Opposition Leader said he will also remind CARICOM that Gonsalves had pledged to make the country ungovernable and had ignored the emissaries sent by CARICOM “after a prolonged period of unprecedented political agitation under the leadership of Gonsalves”.

Meanwhile, Eustace has accused Barbadian journalist Ricky Singh of taking a biased stance on the letter that Gonsalves wrote to CARICOM.

“That’s how I see his work, as working for the Government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Eustace.

He said he will be waiting on Singh to call him. (HN)