While it is true that political parties contest elections and that victory enables a party to form a Government, the provisions of the Constitution of Grenada are supreme in every respect. Accordingly, once a Government has been formed, that Government owes a duty of accountability to the electorate and the public. The party has no such obligation.
The NDC Constitution is very clear on the relationship between Government and party. It stipulates that “an NDC Government must pay regard to the views of its party”. Clearly, it does not allow for the Government to be directed or instructed by the party in its DECISION-MAKING. The obligation is to give consideration to proposal made by the party.
It would be a case of indifference and down-right disrespect for a Government NOT TO ACCOUNT to the people after four years of SERVICE. How could any self-respecting Government prefer to hide from the people and merry itself at this time in a Cook-up, fun and games, instead of reporting on its stewardship? There will off course be opportunities for this kind of event but July 8th is not a fitting day for such.
The public needs to hear from the Government on its Anniversary. Anything short of this would amount to disrespect for the culture and the people.
I do not propose to attend to the issue of the unfortunate division affecting the NDC at this time, as evidenced by the statement put out by Mr Gill, as PRO of the NDC. For the present purposes, I will limit myself to say that it is inconsistent, intriguing, dishonest and lacking in good sense and sound judgment.
The Party created by the founding fathers of the NDC is one steeped in Parliamentary Democracy. The NDC has no CENTRAL COMMITTEE.
Government is faced with many pressing issues of national importance. At the present time, our primary focus is on ensuring that we have a successful Carnival and that we make progress in addressing the existing financial and economic difficulties.
The Government will have a major presentation in Gouyave on Sunday, under the theme “PRODUCING OUR WAY TO PROSPERITY”. Our call is to serve the people. Our duty is to be obedient to that call. Our task is to build a better Grenada for all.
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