Grenada PM seeks to assure nation
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, Monday, May 7, 2012 – Grenadians have been sent a message of assurance that their government is not falling apart.
Following months of internal wranglings and public showings of divisions, Grenadian Prime Minister Tillman Thomas addressed the nation on Friday (May 4) evening to assure the population that his National Democratic Congress (NDC) is not crumbling around him.
Thomas’s address follows swiftly on the heels of the resignation by tourism minister Peter David, an event that the prime minister referred to even as he sought to bring calm.
“Given the turn of events over the past few days, some of you may be wondering about the sustainability of your government after the resignation of MP Peter David as a minister and the associated action by the opposition to pursue a motion of no confidence in Parliament,” Thomas acknowledged.
The first-term prime minister sought to downplay the issue, saying that the NDC fractures had been “occupying the undue yet understandable attention of our nation... at a time when we should be focusing all our energies on the development tasks at hand.”
Thomas stated emphatically: “I want to assure you that my government remains strong and that we will continue to aggressively pursue our agenda for the creation of jobs and the socio-economic enhancement of our country.”
He also announced that Dr George Vincent would be sworn in as a Senator and the new Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture today (May 7).
However, he linked the party problems to “strong personalities, personal agendas, irrepressible ambition, immature adventurism, nostalgic ideological resurgence and the inability and resistance to team building”.
Without calling names, Thomas indicated that members of his party had exibited actions and behaviors inconsistent with party values and engaged in “unprofessional conduct, collusion and a demonstrative unwillingness to promote and defend the government’s progress on the part of some were dutifully noticed and pointed out to me by many Grenadians over the last two years”.
“Government is intact and we are working harder than ever to deliver on our commitments. The present cabinet has recommitted to the core values and principles of our party and to ensuring that we continue to deliver on our obligations to the people of Grenada,” he stated emphatically.