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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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twenty no. a year
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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes
S0 Box 65

For The Week Ending Sentember 17th 1977

This morning (16th), Mr Justice Arohibald Nedd delivered his

judgement in the High Court relative to the Election Petition
brought by Mr Kenrick Radix against Mrs Cynthia Gairy.

This Petition relates to the general Elections of December 7th

1976 and refers to the constituency of St.Davids. Mr Radix, a
member of the New Jewel Movement, lost the election by 263 votes
to Mrs Gairy who contested under the banner of the ruling 4renada
United Labour Party.

In his petition, Mr Radix alleged that (1) a number of persons
who were entitled to vote had submitted forms to the Supervisor

of Elections but had not been registered, (2) a number of persona
whose names had been on the 1972 Electorial List had been omitted
from the 1976 List, (4) the elections had been unconstitutional
and (4) the 1976 Electorial List was illegal.

Finding in Mrs Gairy's favour, Mr Nedd said no evidence had been
presented to support the allegations made under (l), (2) and (3).
With reference to (4), Mr Radix' argument had been that, for the

1972 General Elections, a List had been prepared under a special
Act, number 23/1971, which List was for those General Elections

Supporting this, Mr Radix quoted section (2) of Act 23/1971 which
reads as follows :-

"2. (1) For the purpose of compiling the list of electors for the
constituencies for the general election of members of the House

of Representatives to be held following the next dissolution of
the Legislature after this Act comes into force, there shall be
a registration of electors in accordance with the provisions of
this Act and the Rules made thereunder.
(2) The revised list of electors compiled under this Act

and the Rules made thereunder shall be the official list of

electors for the election of members of the House of
Representatives to be held following the next diaaolation of the

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In the years following the 1972 General Elections, the Suerris or

of Elections failed to comply with the statutory requirement in

the original Ordinance that the List of Electors be revised

annually, and Mr Radix argued that, because of this, and.because

the 1972 List was used as the base for revisioF ag t th '

1976 List, the latter is null and void.

Mr Nedd failed to agree with this and quoted Section 3 of the

House of Representatives (Registration of Electors 1976 Revision)

Act, number 14/1976. This section reads :-

"3. Notwithstanding the provisions of the principal Ordinance

the revision of the existing list shall be in accordance with

the provisions of this Act."

Mr Nedd's finding is that this provision takes care of any
deficiency occasioned by the Supervisor's failure to make an

annual revision.

Sources close to Mr Radix said today (16th) that an appeal is

to be lodged.
(475 words)

Sir Dennis Henry, Chairman of both the Grenada Cocoa Association

and the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society has resigned from

both positions with effect from September 14th.

In a statement issued today (15th), Sir Dennis said his action

had been taken following a meeting called yesterday (14th) by

Prime Minister Gairy with the Committee of Management of the

Banana Society. At that meeting, the Prime Minister

"confirmed certain specific and express Cabinet directions as

to the re-structuring of the organisation which the Committee

of Management was expected to accept and implement."

During that meeting, Sir Dennis tendered his resignation

because "the direction in question was one which, in principle,

I do not believe to be right in law and/or in the true interest

of the Society and its members." Sir Dennis said it had

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been "a particularly painful decision to make", and that the

identical Cabinet directions had been given to the Cocoa Board.

His resignation, he said, "is the only course I could honourably

take in light of my strong views on both matters."

Deputy Chairman of the Banana Cooperative Society is Sir Willie

Branch and, in a telephone interview with NEWSLErTLR today (15th),

Sir Willie disclosed the Cabinet directions which have been given

to the Sosiety.

"The re-structuring of the Society involves the appointment of a

Manager with full executive powers", said Sir Willie. "The

present Secretary, Mr George Quashie, will he transferred to the

Accounting Department and the Assistant secretary, Mr Joseph

Wilson, is to be appointed to the post of Secretary."

Informed legal sources advised NEWSLETTER today that the present

ordinances governing both the Cocoa Association and the Banana

Society place executive authority in the hands of the secretaries

of these organisation. Neither ordinance makes provision

for a Manager, and it is believed that Sir Dennis' objection is

to Cabinet's direction that an Executive Manager be appointed.

Sir Willie Branch said that the transfer of Mr Quashie to the

Accounting Department and the appointment of Mr Wilson as

Secretary will take effect from January 1st 1977 and, in the mean

time, the prospective Executive Manager is "understudying the


"I cant tell you what his full powers are yet", Sir Willie said,

"but, to have him installed legally, the ordinance is supposed to

be changed. I would not say that he is effective yet, and it

is my hope that the ordinance will be changed before he is


In the statement announcing his resignation, Sir Dennis Henry

avoid he is of the firm belief that it is the duty of every grower

to serve on the executives of the island's agricultural marketing

organizations if called upon, "This has nothing to do with

politics", said Sir Dennis, "indeed, politics should not creep

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into the commodity associations at all, and no one should use

grower organizations as a political weapon. However, it must

be recognized that these Bodies are creatures of statute and, as

such, it is necessary to cooperate within the law with whatever

Government is in power from time to time in the interest of the


Grenada's three main agricultural crops, cocoa, bananas and

nutmegs are marketed respectively by the Cocoa Association, the

Banana Cooperative Society and the Cooperative Nutmeg Association.

Government deposed the elected Boards of the Cocoa Association and

Banana Society in 1969 and 1972 respectively, and the Government

nominated Boards of these Bodies have been headed by Sir Dennis

since then.

In connection with the Cooperative Nutmeg Association,

Government dissolved the Nutmeg Board in July 1975 and appointed

an Interim Board headed by Mr Claude Morrison, to handle the

affairs of the Association. This action was challenged by the

members of the elected dissolved Board and, as a result, the

Dissolution Order was declared null and void by the High Court

and the Interim Board was found to be illegal. Government

has appealed against this decision and the Court of Appeal is to

hear this matter later this month.

With reference to the Banana Society, Sir Willie Branch told

NM,SLETTER he has called a meeting of the Board of Management

for next Thursday (29th) to recommend to Government a new

Chairman to replace Sir Dennis Henry.
(650 words)


Prime Minister Eric Gairy is to attempt to solve the differences

existing between the Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) and the Seamen &

Waterfront Workers (SWWU).

An industrial dispute exists between these two organizations and, in

support of their demand that an agreed cost of living allowance be

paid to dock workers by GSA from January slt 1977, SWWU instituted a

go.-rlow on the St.Georges docks with effect from Monday September 5th.

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GSA insist that the allowance will not be pail before July tat


Efforts by the Labour Commissioner and the Minister for Labour

have failed to resolve the dispute and Prime minister Gairy has

now invited GSA and SWWU to meet with him tomorrow (17th) for

discussions. GSA held a meeting yesterday (15th) at which

it was decided to accept the invitation; SWU met today (16th)

and have also decided to meet the Prime Minister.

Since the go-slow began, three ships have been affected at the

port. These are the 341. ton "Atlantic Pearl", the 2,640 ton

"Mercurius" and the banana boat "Geestland". The "Atlantic

Pearl" sailed without discharging most of the 130 tons of

refrigerated cargo due to be landed here and the "Geestland" was

able to discharge only 170 tons of the 240 tons of general cargo

consigned to Grenada.

It is understood that "aerourius" was ahead of her schedule and

was able to spend the extra time here; her 319 weight tons of

general and cold storage cargo took three days te discharge.

Two other ships, the Harrison Line "Linguist" and the banana boat
"Geestcrest" have since discharged their Grenada cargo at

Barbados, and shipping circles advise that there are no ships ca

scheduled to call at Grenada.

The loading of bananas is not affected by the contract under

which the dispute exists, but a demand has been made by SWWJ on

Geest Industries Ltd for a cost of living allowance to be paid

under the contract governing the loading of bananas.

Negotiations have not yet begun.

A survey of the Commercial Community this week disclosed that

information has reached Grenada from both sides of the Atlantic

that consignments for the island are being delayed because

steamship lines refuse to accept cargo for this port.

Indications are that there is no immediate shortage of essential

items, but it is feared that, even if the go-slow is called off

now, supermarkets and the larger firms will begin to feel the
pinch by the end of September. (continued)

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Commercial sources say,. however, that this is unlikely to affect

availability of essential items. There is a flourishing

schooner trade between Grenada and the neighboring islands,

especially Trinidad, and it is expected that these small boats,

which are not affected by the go-slow, will keep the island


It has been pointed out, however, that goods brought into Grenada

by schooner from neighboring islands usually cost more than

goods imported direct by steamship, and some increase in the

coat of living is expected.
(493 words)


The General Post Office at St.Georges was broken into last week-

end and a quantity of mail destroyed.

The burglary was discovered on the evening of Sunday 1tth at

about 6.00pm when an employee of the Department opened the

building to receive mail. For some time now, the Post Office

has not worked on week-ends, and the only time the building is

opened between Friday afternoon and Monday morning is when mail

is to be received. The last time the building was opened

before the break-in was discovered was at 7.00pm on Saturday.

In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, Mr Alfred DeBellot,

the Post Master General, said the thieves seemed to have been

in search of money. "A few small incoming air parcels were

opened", he said, "but the focus of attention was on the mail

which had been sorted on Friday (9th) and which was lying in

bins ready for distribution to the postal districts on Monday."

The Post Master said outgoing mail had not been affected,

registered mail was safe, and he did not think that mail in the

letter boxes had been touched.

Contacted on the phone on Monday (12th), Commissioner of Police

Osbert Jamts said he knew of the break-in but had had no detailed

report. Mr James declined to say who had been assigned to

the case but NEWSLETTER was reliably informed that Inspector

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Slinger is spearheading investigations.

As far as could be ascertained, seven persons have been
questioned in connection with the incident and several General

Poet Office employees are assisting the police in.their

investigations. No arrests have been made.

General Post master DeBellot told N'EWSLETER that this is the

third break-in at the Post Office in the last four years. No

one has been arrested in connection with any of these incidents.
(304 words)


Charles Perguson, condemned for the murder of Roy Donald, is to

be hanged on September 29th.

This will be the first executing in Grenada since 1962 and the

case has created considerable interest. Donald was shot and

killed in April 1974 ,nd the case against Perguson rested,

principally, on identification by Mrs Donald. Doubt was cast
on her evidence, however, by Dr Lawrence Gibbe who received

Donald's body at the hospital.

in a sworn affidavit, Dr Gibbs said thdt, on the night of the

murder, Mrs Donald said she did not know who shot her husband.

In Court, Dr Gibbs said he had been.certain when he signed the

affidavit that Mrs Donald had said this, but he agreed he might

have confused Mrs Donald with her sister.

Merguaon was tried twice for this crime. He was convicted at

the first trial and the Appeal Court ordered a retrial. Convicted

at the second trial, the Appeal Court upheld the conviction,

finding that there were inconsistencies in the evidence but that

the jury had had sufficient evidence before them to reach a

Interviewed by NLWSL)TTER today (16th), Mr Lloyd Noel, one of the

Counsel for Ferguson, expressed concern that his client had been
singled out from all the persons in "death row" who had been

there before Ferguson. "Since the conviction", said Mr Noel,

"there has been growing concern that the case may have been

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influenced by political overtones and, after 15 years in which

Grenada has had no executions, the unexplained selection of
Ferguson for hanging has increased this ooneern."

Mr Noel said a petition to the Merco Committee with 2,000
signatures attached had been turned down, and an appeal to the

High Court for a Stay of Execution is being considered.

In his defence, Perguson brought two witnesses to prove that
he had not been at the scene of the crime.
(311 words)

The S S "Geeatcrest" sailed on September 13th with 15,996 boxes of

bananas weighing 479,573 lbs. Geaet Industries paid the Grenada

Banana Copperative Society (GBCS) 30.733 ECW per pound making a
total of EC$147,387.17. The price paid to growers by GBCS was

14 EC0 per pound on the weight of bananas received at boxing plants,
but this figure is not yet available. There were 618 boxes of

rejected fruit.

The weight shipped by "Geestland" on September 6th was 599,774 Ibs

and the amount weighed at the boxing plants was 624,141 Ibs, making

a difference of 24,367 Ibs between the boxing plant weight and the
shipped weight.

Statistics still to be recorded are (1) the boxing plant weight

for the shipment of August 23rd and (2) the price paid by Geast

Industries Ltd on the shipment of September 6th. It is hoped
to include these figures in the next issue of NBW SJTTER.
(143 words)


During the week ending September 10th, two cruise liners called

at Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on the 6th with

591 passengers, and the "SAn Viking" on the 9th with 689
(32 words)

x Alister Hughes
16th September 1977

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