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STHE RE NEADA LETTER
For The.Week Ending July 31 at 1976 0
GREKADA TO HAVE MILITARY FORCE
Grenada is to have a Military Force which will-consist of (). A,
Regular Force, (b) An Auxiliary Reserve Force and (c) A Coast edard.
This provision is made in the Grenada Military Force Act 1976 which
was taken through all Its stages by the House of Representatives on
Friday 23rd July and by the Senate on Tuesday 27th July.
According to the provisions of this Act, "The Force shall consist-of
a Commanding Officer and such number of Officers, Warrant Officers,
non-eommissioned Officers and men as the Governor General may from
time to time order." The power to grant Commissions is vested in
the Governor General who shall also "make orders or regulations with
respect ... t4 all ... things relating to the Force ..."
The Act sets out that the Force "shall be charged with the defence
of and maintenance of order in Grenada and with such other duties as
may from time to time be defined by the Governor General", who.may
"call out the whole or as many as he thinks necessary of the officers
and other members of the Force to aid the civil power in the
preservation Of the public peace."
Speaking daring the debate on the Act, Prime Minister Gairy said he
did not envisage any external aggression directed against Grenada.
"Who will invade us ?", he asked. "Venezuela ? The President
of Venesuela has given me that country's highest award, the Order of
the Liberator, and the countries of Latin America have awarded me
the medal of the Americas." Mr Gairy said the Military Force
was being created to meet observations by the Duffus Commission of
Inquiry which suggested that any para-military or military body
should have proper arrangements for their discipline and
In addition -.to the Regular Police Force, Grenada now has a Defence
Force whichkWas established in 1974 following the disbandment of
the Police Alds which, the Duffus Commissioners found, was "an
unlawfully constituted body of men ... whose qualification for
iervioe in many cases ... was their known dispeitior for violence
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and lawlessness ...." and whose establishment, recruitment and
control was peculiarly that of Mr Gairy in his personal capacity ..."
The Prime Minister's reference to "suggestions" by the Duffue
Commissioners probably refers to section 204 of their Report in
which the Defence Fdroe is mentioned. That asotlons says
"... the Commissioners seriously question the advisability or the
necessity of the establishment of another auxiliary arm of the
Regular Police Force a so-called 'Field Force' of 'Defence
Force', especially when it is known that former Police Aids are
now members of this Defence Force."
Against this background, the passage of the Grenada Military Force
Act has created some apprehension in Grenada and, in an exclusive
interview with NEWSLETTER yesterday (29th), Senator Eric Pierre,
General Secretary of the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union, said
Government's establishment of an army "must be of grave concern
to any thinking Grenadian."
'!The Prime Minister himself has scoffed at the idea that this army
will have to defend Grenada against any outside force", he said,
"and it seems clear that the whole exercise is one which is
calculated to intimidate Grenadians." Senator Pierre said it
is well known that large sums are being spent to equip "this
so-called army", and he felt that Grenada's very limited funds
could have been spent in a more productive manner.
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SCHOOL OF MEDICINE FOR GRENADA
A Medical School is to be established in Grenada and will be known
as the St.Georges University School of Medicine. First
indication of this was given as a result of questions asked by
NEWSLETTER at Prime Minister &airy's press conference on April 20th
(see issue week-ending 24.4.76), and was confirmed when an
implementing Act was taken through all its stages, by the House
of Representatives and the Senate on July 23rd and 27th respectively.
According to this Act, an Agreement is to be signed by the
Government of Grenadasand Messrs Patrick F Adams, Edward McGowan
and Louis J Modica, "... organizers of a company in the process
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of formation to be known as and by Saint Georse's University achbiol
of Medicine Ltd."
The Agreement will give the Company "the sole and exclusive charter
for a medical school", and it will have the power to confer the
degree of Doctor of Medicine. The Company shall have sole aen
exclusive rights to use the facilities of the General Hospital,
"subject to the right of the Government to operate and administer
the General Hospital, and the occasional use of said Hospital by
the University of the West Indies.."
The School of Medicine ( to be known as the "University"), is to be
located on Government property at True Blue on the island's south
coast, and the structures on that property together with six acres
of land are to be rented to the Company for a 10 year period
commencing January 1set 1977 for US$21,500.00 per annum. The first
class of students will begin in January 1977 and "by January 1979 of
thereafter, the University will be permitted to commence its clinical
programme at the General Hospital in Grenada, visiting stations,,
health centres and any other health facility in Grenada."
In consideration fof the establishment of the School of Medicine,
the Company "agrees that as long as its school is in operation and
commencing with the clinical programme of 1979, it will pay Government
in medical supplies and equipment the sum of one million US dollars
for use at the Hospital and/or other health facilities in Grenada,
and an additional sum of seventy-five thousand US dollars to
Government to be used for Government purposes."
Five students per year, selected by Government, will receive
scholarships At.the University, and the University will give two-
year pre-medical scholarships tenable at the University of the 'Vest
Indies or any other Institute chosen by the University.
Sources close to the Grenada Medical Association told NEWSLETTER
today (30th) thatthe presentation of this Bill to Parliament came
as a complete surprise as there has been no prior consultation by
Government with the Association.
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The following are figures supplied by Leeward Islands Air
Transport Ltd relative to passenger movements eto for the
months of February, March, May and June. Unfortunately,
the figures for April are not available.
February March MaY June
Passengers In 3445 7166 2125 2334
Passengers Out 3641 5777 2306 2571
Freight In (Kilos) 3320.2 18,821.6 9,175.6 13,042.0
Freight Out do. 5507.4 2,902.6 4,231.0 4,319.5
Mail In do.13,438.1 6,987.5 2,499.0 2,613.1
Mail Out do. 6,140.5 6,995.9 1,230.5 1,099.2
On 27th July, the S S "Geeststar" loaded 25, 677 boxes of
bananas weighing 783,683 Ibs and valued at EC$78,368.O0.
There were 196 boxes of fruit rejected.
n) CRUISE LINER CALLS.
During the week ending July 24th, there were two cruise liner
calls at Grenada. These were the "Amerikanis" on 21st with
681 passengers and the "Sun Viking" on 23rd with 792 passengers.
30th July 1976