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THE GRE ADA NEWSLETTER
For The Week Ending Sentember 17th 1977
RADIX LOSES PETITION
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
Sources close to Mr Radix said today (16th) that an appeal is
to be lodged.
SIR DENNIS RESIGNS
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
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.
GAIRY SEES SOLUTION TO GO-SLOW
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.
.tENERAL POST OFFICE BURGLED
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.
ERGUSON TO HANG
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.
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
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
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.
caulSE LINER CALLS 2-
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
x Alister Hughes
16th September 1977