Linton is leading a three-member delegation here, hoping to hold talks with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on the “situation in Dominica” for which he has blamed Skerrit and his administration.
The regional leaders are meeting for their 28th Inter-sessional summit that wraps up later on Friday.
“We are here because we believe the time has come for the CARICOM heads of governments to intervene and do what is right on behalf of the citizens of CARICOM in so far as the conduct of the Dominica government is concerned,” Linton told a news conference.
Linton said that his party’s wants regional leaders “to act urgently in the best interest of the people of CARICOM to resolve what we consider to be very disturbing developments in Dominica”.
Linton said that the Skerrit government had used the controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) to grant diplomatic status to corrupt individuals “who are involved in corrupt activates around the world.
“Our demand for the resignation of the prime minister which is gaining currency across Dominica from people of all walks of life is because of…number one, Dominica has now been plunged into a near crisis of confidence …and since 2004 Mr. Skerrit has presided over a corrupt Citizenship by Investment Programme…”.
During the news conference, Linton said he was “stoutly denying” that his party had any involvement in a supposed coup to unseat the government following the disturbances that followed a public meeting of the main opposition United Workers Party and the Dominica Freedom party (DFP) on February 7.
Prime Minister Skerrit had said that the leadership of the two parties were behind the plot to run over his office and “seize the seat of power” and that the fires and looting of several businesses in the capital, should also be blamed on Linton and his supporters.
“Word is emerging in the court of Dominica where young persons are being charged and they are under oath telling their stories about the reasons why they targeted certain business places, some of them for very personal reasons…and that in itself is an ongoing story,” said Linton.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Skerrit, speaking on a radio programme in Dominica from Guyana, said that his fellow CARICOM leaders he had spoken to were appalled by the behavior of the opposition party regarding the violence in the city.
“I can tell you that Heads are appalled by the behaviour of the leadership of the United Workers Party,” he said, reiterating that he remains convinced that the entire matter was engineered by Linton and his followers.
“Mr. Linton knows by his utterances and his prior planning, they engineered this thing because you know at any meeting, any public meeting, any event any political party would have, you know and in our case, once the leader speaks and you tell people to go home safely, drive safely, thank you for coming, meeting has ended,
“In that case on February 7, that was never said. What he (Linton) said in effect was we can end anytime, the police cannot tell us what to do, we can do what we want and what we want was to create havoc, dysfunction, and vandalism in our country Dominica,” Skerrit told listeners to the Kairi’s Heng Programme.
He said that based on intelligence, one of the intentions of the leadership of the UWP “was to have the police shoot somebody dead in Roseau.”
“They wanted somebody dead, to be shot by the police so that they could parade this in the international community, to say that police have killed somebody,” he said reiterating that one of the intentions of the UWP was to storm the Financial Center and stay there until their demands were met.
- Countries: Dominica