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first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dictatorship emerging in Grenada, MP alleges by: – March 14, 2012 Michael ChurchST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Former environment minister, Michael Church, claims that Grenada’s prime minister is being used to impose a dictatorship on the country.Church said he previously spoke of the “emergence” of the “dictatorship” at a meeting of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), and also at a cabinet sitting before his resignation from government in 2010.He repeated the “dictatorship” allegation in parliament on Tuesday, saying Prime Minister Tillman Thomas was not the architect of it.“It’s a group of faceless people who understand the psychology of the prime minister and use the face of the prime minister to justify, and give credence, to the creating of that monster,” Church said in his contribution to the 2012 budget debate.He referred to one member of the group as someone who “struts as a turkey cock,” believed by many to be a reference to former NDC chairman Glen Noel, who is now minister of information and national mobilization.Church, MP for the Parish of St John, was one of 11 NDC candidates who won their seats in general elections in 2008.He resigned after being offered a junior ministerial position in a cabinet reshuffle 16 months ago.In presenting the March 9 budget, the finance minister reported on the newly created “Office of the Prime Minister,” which is being headed by a Chief of Staff.“We are seeking to consolidate in one place all persons who hold what may be called political contracts,” Nazim Burke said. “These include advisors, personal assistants and drivers. Hitherto, these persons were provided for under various ministries.”However, Church has raised several concerns about the news structure, questioning its functions and its contribution to the country’s economic development; and asking whether it’s not an attempt to bring political party apparatus into a government structure.“This is a major concern to me,” said Church, who cautioned against “politicizing the public sector.”The parliamentary backbencher appealed to Thomas to “think deeply” about the creation of the new structure that will be led by William Joseph – Grenada’s Ambassador to CARICOM and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States – as the Chief of Staff.“This nation expects you to protect us,” Church said in remarks directed at the prime minister.Caribbean News Now 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_img1 Alex Sandro in action for Porto Manchester City and Juventus are battling it out to secure the signature of Porto defender Alex Sandro.The Brazilian defender has been one of Porto’s most consistent performers since joining them in 2011 and is being tracked by some of Europe’s financial giants.City are keen to add a full-back to their ranks this summer and are rivalling Juve in the pursuit of the defender, according to Sky Italia.However, Porto have already lost right-back Danilo to Real Madrid this summer and are reluctant to lose Sandro unless a they receive a lucrative bid.But the 24-year-old has just one year left on his contract and Porto may decide to cash in as it is unlikely he will sign a new deal.last_img read more