KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is once against accusing the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) of plotting with foreign elements to remove him from office.
“… Rather than seeking to address matters concerning investment in a way that is good for this country, what do we get from the opposition?” he said at a media briefing last week.
Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security, said “a Texan gentleman from Bequia” who had orchestrated the US$5 to save democracy campaign on behalf of the opposition NDP visited the party’s headquarters two weeks ago.
He said Opposition Leader and NDP President Arnhim Eustace and Sen. Vynnette Frederick were at the meeting.
“Ask if that wasn’t true. … You must find that out. Seeking to get money and the fellas promised that when he gets back to Texas he will see if he can get some friends to put money in to help to remove this government and elect the NDP.
“Why doesn’t he bring some millions to invest? Why is he interested to remove the government and put the NDP in power? Reasonable people will ask the questions ‘What is in it for you, Mr. Texan? You want to come like a jefe in this country without investing?’ I am not talking about investing in NDP you know.
“And democracy is so thriving, you can come and go as go want in this country. You have your house in Bequia. I have no problem with that. Come in an enjoy yourself; enjoy Bequia. I am not worried about that because I defeated you and the NDP in 2010 and I will defeat you again in 2015.
“But the people will know that while we are trying to build up this country, they having him coming up to the NDP headquarters looking for money,” Gonsalves said.
Since coming to office in 2001, Gonsalves has said on several occasions that the opposition was partnering with foreign elements to try to unseat him.
He has often said that these foreign elements, which he never identified by name, have a vested interest in having the NDP in office.
Gonsalves has previously written to the CARICOM about the alleged efforts of these elements to unseat his democratically elected government.