Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has accused the main opposition New National Party (NNP) of instigating a Motion of No Confidence filed by government back bencher Karl Hood in his administration.
The Grenadian Prime Minister has blasted the Motion as ‘unpatriotic, reckless’ and ‘self-serving’ and says it comes it comes at a time when the country is poised for economic take-off.
In an eleven minute address to the nation Tuesday night the embattled Grenadian leader insisted that the NNP of former Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell “unmistakably inspired” the motion filed with the Clerk of Parliament last Friday.
“In the circumstances, this latest Motion is a blatant act of disobedience and dishonour; it is highly unpatriotic, reckless, self-serving and disrespectful of the people of Grenada,” Prime Minister Thomas declared.
“This second Motion in three months is unmistakably inspired by the NNP. It is not only intended to deny Grenadians their joy and peace, but it is also motivated by spite and a determination to pre-empt any improvement in our economic and financial fortunes”.
Prime Minister Thomas did not say how his four-year old administration intends to address a second No Confidence Motion after surviving a similar opposition sponsored effort to remove him in May.
The Grenadian leader has been among ruling party officials weighing their options in a series of closed-door emergency sessions since Saturday.
“Interestingly, we must also remind ourselves of the pronouncement by the Leader of the Opposition, in New York, just days before the second Motion was filed that there will be elections in Grenada before December, 2012,” Prime Minister Thomas said in reference to a prediction from opposition leader Dr.Keith Mitchell during an NNP rally in New York last weekend that General elections in Grenada would be called before year-end.
“The basis of his prediction was knowledge of the filing of the Motion and an expectation of its passage in Parliament”.
The Grenadian leader dismissed the Motion as untimely since it was filed on the day China promised Grenada an US 8.5 million dollar grant and an athletic stadium.
Prime Minister Thomas also disclosed that the awarding of contracts for a multimillion dollar road construction project is weeks away, the signing of a cooperation agreement with Trinidad for joint oil exploration is schedule for next month and that his planned visit to oil rich Qatar “holds very strong prospects for economic assistance”.
“The question must therefore be asked, in whose interest therefore is this Motion served?” the Grenadian Prime minister asked.
“Definitely, it cannot be in the best interest of the people of Grenada. This Motion, for which the NNP must be fixed with constructive ownership, is planted shamelessly in the name of greed, money and power”.
Prime Minister Thomas also launched a stinging attack on the NNP blaming them for the country’s economic woes and suggested that God does not want them to be reelected.
The NNP, which now controls four seats in the House of Representatives, ruled for 13 straight years before losing at the polls in July 2008.
“As a people of faith, we have to believe that God does not want us to revert to a culture of bad governance, social deficit and morally challenged leadership. The source of our betterment is definitely not the NNP”the Prime Minister said.
“Who would have thought that a temporary economic setback, requiring all of us to work harder and produce more, would be seized upon to make a grab for power? Who would have thought that at the precise time that new and positive signs of improvement are before us, that NNP politicians would mis-direct themselves to sabotage the people’s welfare?”
Parliament is currently on recess and as many here wait for a resumption date there have been reports that at least ten of the 15 MPs in the lower house are prepared to support the No Confidence Motion in the Thomas administration.©