The Democratic Republic Party says that as far as possible, the Government should remove “ULP hand-picked political party hacks who are engaged in the practice of putting names of persons who are without need, on lists to receive aid”.
Party leader Anesia Baptiste said the call is in light “recent developments” and its “own investigation” into the relief process since the Christmas Eve floods.
Baptiste said the involvement of ULP party hacks has helped to cause “the confusion that now exists. “Replace these persons with workers from NEMO (the National Emergency Management Organisation).
“Let NEMO do its job. Similarly, when the time comes, no building material distribution should be given to ULP area representatives and or to political party hacks hand- picked by them. It should be done by NEMO,” Baptiste further said.
She further said that the Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) “must learn to work with organizations such as NEMO and desist from giving the impression that the NEMO is incapable of responsible and professional work.
“The NDP must refrain from blaming NEMO unnecessarily for things that have gone wrong,” Baptiste said, adding that the DRP has experienced working with NEMO to bring relief to affected persons, “without any blockage or interference with our work.
“This has also included successful bringing in of relief items into the Country through NEMO. This cooperation can be done and the NDP must learn to do it and desist from misleading the public on this matter.”
The DRP head further said that he party is appealing to Vincentians refrain from any hostile or violent reactions at all times, saying this is unhelpful.
“If you are due assistance but you have not received it, remain calm and take your complaints forward to NEMO and exercise patience,” the DRP said.
“We call upon the government to remember that the relief supplies are for the victims of the disaster, regardless of political persuasion. It is necessary to ensure that impacted persons get relief FIRST, regardless of their political affiliation.
“The relief and rehabilitation process must not be used as an election gimmick. A caring and responsible government will ensure that ALL Vincentians who have been impacted by the disaster receives the aid they deserve and that the impacted persons are the FIRST to receive any distributed aid,” the DRP head further said.