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Posted: Monday 2 October, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Dominica’s PM lashes out at rumour mongers

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit
By: Stanford Conway,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – REPORTS coming out of the Commonwealth of Dominica state that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is “pissed off” over the spreading of false information in relation to the distribution of food supplies to citizens and residents on the hurricane-ravaged island.


    The Prime Minister, in his daily briefing late last week, said that rumour mongers were seeking to undermine the future of Dominicans by claiming partisan politics is playing a role in the distribution process.

    “This talk about food supplies and partisanship with food supplies and politicians are the ones dealing with the delivery of food supplies...this is total nonsense, total nonsense.” 

    He stated that the people who are distributing food and other supplies are representatives of regional and international agencies, and those who are spreading false information need to desist in such practices.

    “The supplies are coming in. There are structures, there are limitations in terms of places to store the food supplies in communities because every single home got damaged in the country, and people who are seeking to undermine the government’s efforts of bringing relief and bringing aid and bringing restoration of services to our country need to stop it.”

    He however declared that there were some complaints about the delivery of aid, and that his administration would be putting a better system in place to facilitate efficiency in deliveries.

    Skerrit stressed that people should not be going on social media, the radio and elsewhere to making those unfounded, baseless and malicious allegations. 

    “Don’t think that it is going to hurt me... it is not going to hurt me!” he exclaimed. “This thing must stop because it is really pissing me off that people out there talking a bunch of nonsense about food supplies and political interference in the delivery of food supplies, which all of these attempts are geared to undermining our efforts. This damn country has been destroyed. It’s been devastated. Schools are destroyed and people are out there talking a bunch of nonsense about food supplies and political interference.”

    “The only people who will be affected by this are the people of Dominica and the most vulnerable in our country; the people whose homes are not insured, the people who do not know where they are sleeping tonight, the people who do not know whether when Monday comes they will have a job, who do not know how they are going to pay their mortgages.”

    PM Skerrit stated that his government’s mandate, which he working towards, is to ensure that there is adequate supplies to distribute to every home and individual, adding he was upset at being forced to address the misinformation at6 a time when there are more important things to be done for the people of Dominica.

    “I have no time for politics, absolutely no time for partisan politics. My interest and commitment is to do what I can as the Prime Minister of this country to bring hope to the people and to ensure that we can rebuild our country in the soonest possible time.” 

    He said Dominica needs everyone to focus on rebuilding the island, to bringing hope to the people and let them know that there will be a better tomorrow. 

    But that goal, he said, could not be achieved when people are distracted by all the nonsensical elements being pedalled. “ I have no time to play politics with corned beef or sardines.”

    “I am really, really pissed off and I have not gotten pissed off since the hurricane, but this nonsense must stop, because I shouldn’t have to deal with this foolishness…What the hell, we have to stop it,” Prime Minister Skerrit emphatically stated.

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