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The Grenada Newsletter' Saturday 5th August 1989 Page 7


HARASSMENT From Page 6
Mr Beniet Andrew, who has replaced him as
Minister for Works & Comrmunications, of
"practicing another type of harassment".

Within a week and a half of taking office,
Dr Mitchell said, Mr Andrew had fired
over 200 road workers. ,


"They seem to feel
that all these road
workers are Keith
Mitchell's friends and
supporters and if they
are fired I vill
become unpopular",
the Political Leader
said, "so, with one
stroke of the pen.
they have been sent
home".
Effect Intended
Dr Mitchell said this
action by Mr Andrew
will not have the
effect intended but
will, on the contrary,
make him (Mitchell)
more popular.


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When they returned to their homes, he said,
it would not be just a matter of talking about
what the Political Leader might have said at
the meeting, but the undertaking by them of
the task of organisir their villas.


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It was disclosed at the General Council "facing ti- people.'
meeting that a team of political organrisers


from the Carib-
bean Democratic Union
(CDU) are in Grenada assisting the
New National Party (NNP) to prepare
for General Elections, expected to take
place before the end of this year

In an interview after the meeting, Mr Clive
Williams, one of the organizers, told NEPWS-
LETTER the team will not be appearing on
public platforms urging electors to vote for
NNP candidates.

"Our job is to advise on the strategy
of the NNP campaign', he said, "not
to canvas votes for the candidates -

When Mr Williams addressed the meeting,
he told some 200 delegates ard observers
thatt they h their "job cut aut for th.ni"
from novw.


Election time is
n7." he said, "In a
much shorter time
than you think, there
vill be General Elect-
ions in Grenada".

Dr Mitchell told the
meeting the NNP feels
the country must go to
the polls immediately.
Can Be Solved
With unmistakable ref-
erence to the conflict
existing in the NNP
with him and Prime
Minister Herbert
Blaize heading two
barring factions, Dr
Mitchell said the
undesirable political
situation in Grenada
can be solved only by


"Any prolonging of the agony is
going to hurt the economy of this
country", he said,


becauseue no
one will come to Grenada now and do any
serious investmentt.
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In Greanad
To call a ran a ma-may-f am
Is to suggest. thaie, male,
Though wearing clothes which say he's i
Should be addressed as "she".

To add that he is too-tool-bay,
This asks the world to see
That looking everyi-here you' 11 find
No bi,-s-er fool tian he.
Fren-ch Creole
Mac-may-fam = My woman friend.
Too-tool-bay = Completely stupid.


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MITCHELL DEMANDS

APOLOGY FOR SEAGA

"birizan's w-tack is wathitw mure tfha chBep,
dirty acm vicious politics"


DR KEITH MITCHELL POLIT-
ical Leader of the New National
Party (NNP) and former Minister of
Works & Communications, has called on
Mr George Brizan, Leader of the Opposit-
ion in the Grenada House of Representatives
to make a public apology to Mr Edward
Seaga, Chairman of the Caribbean Demo-
cratic Union (CDU).
Demanded Apology
Dr Mitchell's call was made at a
press conference on August 2nd .
and the demanded apology refers
to a statement alleged to have
been made on July 31st by Mr
Brizan to the Montserrat based
Radio Antilles.

"He (Brizan) vent on Radio
Antilles and made some very K.
serious charges against our
party", Dr Mitchell said, by telling the
nation and the Caribbean that the CDU had
people in Grenada who are advocating t-he
use of violence in the country during the
coming elections".

Dr Mitchell showed the media pamphlets
which are now circulating in St Georges and.
vhich Dr Mitchell alleges are being dis-
tributed by supporters of Mr Brizan's
National Democratic Congress (NDC).

One of these pamphlets charges that "four
Jamaicans from Seaga's Jamaica Labour
Party (JLP)" are in Grenada "encouraging
certain NNP people in wrong doing".
Fire Shots
Some of their plans, the pamphlet
says, are to create confusion and
disorder near to polling stations on
election day and "getting a few gun-
men to fire shots in the bush near a
polling station to scare away voters
and force them to stay at home".
"Such behaviour by the NNP gang and their


Jamaican gangsters is revolting, foreign to
us and needs to be exposed", the pamphlet
says.
Political Violence
The pamphlet refers to the 1980 Jamaica
elections "when over 800 persons vere
killed in political violence" and says, "ve
don't want that in Grenada".

"We therefore call on Grenadians to
call on the Ministry of National
Security to deport these vermin
and brood of vipers immed-
J lately," the pamphlet,signed by
'Patriots for Our Fatherland'
says, "We also call on the leader of
thel JLP in Jamaica, Edward Seaga,
St-recall his people now."

TrcH. Dr Mitchell says Mr Brizan
vas a member of NNP vhen
that party joined the CDU and, therefore,
knows of the commitment of CDU to pro-
vide technical and organisational sup-port
to member parties. Mr Brizan vill know
also, Dr Mitchell said, that this support hass
been given in several other Caribbean
islands to political parties which are
members of CDU.
Nothing New
'This is nothing nev vhich is
happening in Grenada", Dr Mitchell
said, "and Brizan's attack is nothing
more than cheap, dirty and vicious
politics -

Mr Brizan's attack is more than an assault
on the NNP, he said, it is an attack on the
CDU and on the credibility of those Prime
Ministers who, as members of CDU, have
sanctioned the coming to Grenada of the
CDU team to advise NNP.
Mr Brizan's charge of supporting political
violence, Dr Mitc.hell said, is made not only
against the Chairman of the CDU, Mr
Please See APOLOGY Page 9


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YOUTH SKILLS TRAINING

PROJECT FOR LOCAL

MANAGEMENT


M R GEORGE McGUIRE, MIN-
ister for Education in the Grenada
Government, expressed the opin-
ion in a speech on July 28th that many
people are cynical about education in
Grenada.

His Government realises, however, he said.,
that the best investment vhich can be made
is in the youth of a
country and the best j Jfli
area of investment tIinoa i
is in education.

"Education will set (th Ili.Lt it
us free" he said,
"Our schools will LD iJl
make the difference E2Ll O
between whether we
survive or fail".
A Bright Future
The Minister made ,1"
these comments as
he addressed the 5th Bugfg
Graduation Cere-
mony of the Youth "-


Skills Training Project, and expressed the
view that Grenada has a bright future as
long as high regard is paid to youth train-
ing.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Gladford
Henry, National Director of the Project,
said that, in 1985, Grenada, with the other
member countries of the Organisation of

APOLOGY From Page 8
Edward Seaga, but on Prime Ministers
Eugenia Charles of Dominica, John
Compton of St Lucia, James Mitchell of
St Vincent Kennedy Sirmmonds of St
Kitts/Nevis, Chief Minister John Osborne
of Montserrat "ard all the others
including Prime Minister Blaize of
Grenada who is the CDU Vice Presi-
dent".
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East Caribbean States (OECS), seriously
began to tackle the problem of manpower
training.

This resulted, he said, in the expansion of
the Regional Youth Skills Non-formal
Training Project which is funded and
administered jointly by the Organisation of
American States (OAS), the United States
SAenc y For Inter-
ai National Develop-
fi 13m l~la n ment (USAID) and
the Governments of
6 OECS countries.
0 S Skilled Training
IX F "eThis project att-
aempts to grapple
alwith unemploy-
"i'anteln ument, the region's
number one prob-
Ljt ILifl3LS lem," he said, "by
3hnn -i prodding our
S1youth with skilled
a C L training through
the modular system
developed by the
international Labour Organisation".

Four years on, since the Project got under
vay, Mr Henry said, there is now a pool of
approximately 8,000 skilled workers in the
OECS and. there is development of indust-
rial parks in the region.
As Good As
The close proximity of the OECS to the
United States of America, coupled with the
large pool of literate, energetic, English
speaking youths, has lured many United
States Companies to this region, he said, and
many have found local employees to be as
good as (and in some cases better thin) some
of their own workers in terms of ability to
produce goods and services.
"In Grenada, to date", Mr Henry said,
"some 1,700 persons have been trained and,
of these, approximately 1,200, or over
Please See SKILLS Page 10


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SPEAKER REJECTS


NOTICE OF "NO


CONFIDENT


MOTION

"The T'otion- w.s
delefetiv i, svrfY al


"D R KEITH MITCHELL, POLIT-
ical Leader of the New National
Party (NNP) and former rly Minister
of Communications &. Works before he was
dismissed on July 21st by Prime Minister
Herbert Blaize, told NEWSLETTER on
July 26th that he intended to move a vote of
"No Confidence" in the Prime Minister and
his Government.


BLAZE From Page 2
"We who are not with the new thrust", he
said, "are the National Party"
This means, Mr Blaize said that "ve are
determined not to go off on the new thrust
and, if it is mantained, then we vill have
to start something else, but we are now
declaring that we her arae the National
Party."
Everything Will Sattle
In further explanation, the Prime Minister
said this means that "those who feel they
can go with the new thrust ill go, those
who feel they cannot will corn down and
then, in a few veeks or so, everything will
settle itself and we will know who is who".o
"There is still one party but two factions",
he said. The faction we talk about is the
National Party, the others are "new thrust"
or something vhich we cannot accept"

-The NNP vas formed to do certain things,
he said, some people have gone off on the
new thrust and have left him, and those


Dr Mitchell said he had addressed a letter
dated that day, Jly 26th, to the Speaker of
the House, Sir Hudson Scipio, setting out the
background to his Motion and asking that it
Please See MOTION Pare 5


-with him, "with the national aspect of the
party".
"We do not want to call ourselves NNP
until we make sure that they get away
from the new thrust", he said. "We are
still officially part of NNP but definitely
not part of the new thrust"
Details Of Our Thing
Mr Blaize said that, in his broadcast, he
had said "we declare that we are the
National Party and. the details of our thing
would be made public later." The details,
he said, "vould rrean when people fit
themselves and say, 'Ok, I'm going vith
the new thrust or I'm definitely not going
withit' "
"Then we would decide whether we are
going to have a definitely New Nation-
al..............ne ............ a definitely.........
the National Party", he said, "or that the
New National Party would become what it
used to be without the new thrust"
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MOTION From Page 4


be put on the Order Paper (agenda) for the
next meeting of the House.

"The Conventional and orthodox road to
pover has been abandoned by Mr Blaize,
who nov seeks, by some strange flight of
fancy, to jettison the New National Party
and its mass support for the illusion of a
phantom party and the depravity of
betrayal", Dr Mitchell's letter said.
Place Serious Constraints
Dr Mitchell's Motion of "No Confidence"
questioned Mr Blaize's "competence and
rationality" in administering the affairs of
the nation, and said that Mr Blaize's
"obviously deteriorating health and
physical incapacity place serious
constraints on the multi-
faceted functions of the
office of Prime Minister"


Mr Blaize's "mercurial
behaviour patterns have re-
duced his Cabinet to a group of
listless non-performers", the
motion says, and "this sad
impasse threatens the very
lifeblood and productive
capacity of our nation"


reported to him.
Set A Date
The position of the Opposition Party in the
House, the National Democratic Party
(NDC), he said, is that a letter has been
written to the Prime Minister giving him
until August 8th to set a date for General
Elections to be held not later than 15th
November next.

"We have given the Prime Minister a
deadline", Mr Brizan said, "and it is being
decent and principled to await a response
before deciding what further action to take"

Mr Brizan, and several members
of NDC vere originally together
with Dr Mitchell in Mr
Blaize's Cabinet until April of
1987 vhen they left and formed
-NDC. Dr Mitchell staved on
until he was dismissed ty Mr
Blaize on July 21st and, when he
w as interviewed, Mr Brizan
claimed that Dr Mitchell had
conspiredd" to get him and others out
4, of Government.


DR KEITH MI


"Be it resolved that a vote of no confidence
in the Prime Minister and his Government
be passed today in this honourable House
thereby clearing the way for General Elect-
ions and a new nmardate to the victorious
Cabinet".

Dr Mitchell also addressed a letter dated
July 26th to Mr George Brizan, Leader of
the Opposition in the House of Represent-
atives.
True To Say
"Notwithstanding our different overviews
of the body politic", that letter said, "I think
it is true to say that we are both committed
to the ideals of parliamentary democracy".

Dr Mitchell told Mr Brizan he anticipated
that Mr Brizan would be standing with him
"on all fours" when a "No Confidence"
motion against the Government is tabled.

Interviewed by NEWSLETTER on July
26th, Mr Brizan said he had not yet received
the letter from Dr Mitchell but was willing
to give his reaction to the contents as


TCHELL Mr Brizan said that, against
that background, he found it
strange that a request should come from Dr
Mitchell for support for a "No Confidence"
motion in the House against the
Government.

A source close to he Speaker's office told
NEWSLETTER on July28ththatDr Mitch-
ell's motion would not be on the Order
Paper for the next meeting of the House.
Received Too Late
When the notice of the motion was received
by the Speaker, the source said, a meeting of
the House had already been scheduled for
August 4th and the notice was received too
late to be put on the Order Paper for that
meeting.

"Additionally", the source said, "the motion
was defective in several aspects"

Among these, the source told NEWS-
LETTER, is tht, according to the Standing
Orders of the House, the notice should have
been sent to the Clerk of Parliament and not
to the Speaker. Also, according to the
Please See MOTION 'age 6


The Motion concludes :






Page 6 Saturday 5th August 1989 The Grenada Nevsletter


MITCHELLE


CHARGES


HARASSMENT


POLITICAL LEADER OF THE
New National Party (NNP), Dr Keith
Mitchell alleged in an interview vith
NEWSLETTER on July 30th that NNP
supporters have been subjected to Police har-
assment..

On the night of Friday July 28th, he said,
there had been an incident involving the
Police and some of his supporters driving
home from an NNP public meeting. These
supporters encountered a Police road block,
he said, and had had their vehicles searched
by the Police.
Attempt To Intimidate
"This is an attempt to intimidate my
supporters", he said, "and frighten them
away from shoving support at NNP public
meetings. It is a deliberate attempt to use


MOTION From Page 5
source, Dr Mitchell's Motion violates
section 58 of the Grenada Constitution.

That section makes provision for the
removal of the Prime Minister by the
Governor General if a majority of all the
members of the House pass a resolution of
"No Confidence" "in the Gov'ernment of
Grenada".
Could Not Be Accepted
Dr Mitchell's motion is for a vote of "No
Confidence" in "the Prime Minister and
his Government" and the source said the
motion could not be accepted in that form.

In an interview with NEWSLETTER on
July 28th, Dr Mitchell said the Rules of the
House call for 7 days notice to be given for
a motion to be put on the Order Paper. His
notice to the Speaker, he said, is dated 26th
July and that placed it well in good time.

The Speaker's reply to him, he said, is


State power to frighten people.

Dr Mitchell said he would vrite in protest
to the Acting Commissioner of Police with a
copy to the Prime Minister who is the
Minister responsible for Security.
He would point out, he said, that what
appears to be a system of intimidation had
started immediately following his dismissal
as a Minister and the resignations of
Attorney General and Minister of Health,
Mr Danny Williams, and Minister of State,
Miss Grace Duncan.
The interview with Dr Mitchell took place
immediately after an NNP General Council
meeting at which Dr Mitchell accused
Please See INTIMIDATION Page 7


dated 28th July, and contains an
implication that there vas some delay in
the motion reaching Sir Hudson's hands.
With reference to the fact that the motion
is set out in terms of a vote of "No
Confidence" in "the Prime Minister and
his Government" rather than "in the
Government of Grenada", Dr Mitchell
said this is "just a technicality".
Had Taken Advice
Before giving notice of his motion, he
said, he had "taken advice from legal
people" and he vould have to check vith
these people again.
"In his letter to me", Dr Mitchell said, "Sir
Hudson suggested that I have a word with
him before the September meeting of the
House and I vill avail myself of this
offer".

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NEWLO HAS 5'

GRADUATION

CEREMONY
"kIe need a soUiet
wicfih must be
built up anud
which must
appreciate the
lofty thkin s oj life"
Sir Pcun
SPEAKING, ON JULY 27TH,
in Gouyave, his home town, Gover-
nor General Sir Paul Scoon said that
Grenada needs new life to build up its
society.
A friend of his told him recently, he said,
that there is a "pull down" society in
Grenada where, without good. reason,


SKILLS From Page 9
70%, have been placed in jobs".
The salary range commanded by trainees,
he said, is from EC$350 to EC$1,500 per
month, and it is his opinion that the train-
ees are making a tremendous contribution
to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of
the country.
Placed In Jobs
In Antigua, Mr Henry said, where 897
persons have been trained under the
Project, and 789 have been placed in jobs,
the estimate of Mr Timothy Prime, the
Antigua based OAS Director, is that the
annual incremental contribution to the
GDP is EC$3 million, amounting, at. the
end of 1988, to a total of EC$9 million.

Comparing this to Grenada, Mr Henry
said, where nearly twice as many persons
have been trained, the total salary con-
tribution of trainees to the GDP at the end
of 1988 vould have been nearly EC$18
million.


people are constantly pulling down people
and institutions, including the Church, who
are working hard for the community.

"We cannot have this kind of society in
Grenada", he said, "instead, we need a
society which must be built up and which
must appreciate the lofty things of life".

Sir Paul was speaking at the Fifth
Graduation Ceremony of the New Life
Organisation (NEWLO), Grenada's ecumen-
Please See NEWLO Page II


The Director said the major event of 1989
took place in January when an Agreement
vas signed placing the administration of
the Project in the hands of the Grenada
Government with effect from September
next.
Mature And Capable
"We feel confident" he said, "that the team
we have been developing over the last
three years is now mature and capable of
continuing to run the Project with very
little external technical assistance"
Areas of training given by 'the Project
include the manufacture of coconut oil,
candles, straw work, handbags, furniture
and soft toys. There is training also in
industrial serving, building construction
and welding. Additionally, trainees
receive instructions in Testaurant and bar
service, supervision at the Workshop For
The Blind and as tour guides.
S. Stnrutm-L,


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NEWS SHORTS

Turkish Ambassador Presents Fortune Multipurpose Workshop in the
Credentials Parish of St Patricks.

This project is part of the Regional
Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to This project is part of the Regioal
Grenada, Mr Turgut Tulman, presented i Technical Educational Project of the Organ-
Greenda, Mr Turgut Tulan, presented is isationof East Caribbean States, and several
credentials to Sir Paul Sconon August 4th trades, including autonechanics, metal
working, building construction, drafting,
Ambassador Tulman. who replaces Ambass- electrical n economics and
Selectricald vining home economics and
ador Tahir Senturk, is based in Caracas, business will be taught there.
Venezuela.

According to th Government Information
La Fe Me Service (GIS), in grants and in loans, 77%
La Frt e ulipuroeof the funding vill come from the
Workshop Organisation Of Petroleum Exporting
Countries, 15% from the World Bank and
Government has signed a EC$1.37 million the remaining 8% from local funds.
contract for the construction of the La Please See NEWS SHORTS Page 12

NEWLO From Pafre 10


ical venture in skill training for under-
privileged youth, located near Gouyave on
the island's vest coast some 10 miles from
St Georges.

The Governor General said Grenadians
should be proud of NEWLO as it is "one of
the great success stories" since the violence,
killings and military intervention five years
ago, a period he described
as "our difficulties and.
anxieties of 1983".
Financed Principally
NEWLO vas launched in
1984 and, since then, has
been financed principally
by the West German
Foundation Misereor ("I
have compassion")

Presenting her report at
the Graduation Cere-
mony, NEWLO, Resident
Director, Sister Reina Loe SIR PAU
said that, since NEWLO
first opened its doors in 1984 to Grenadian
youth who had not made it through the
formal education system, 349 students have
been registered for the 18 month training
programme.

"Of the total of 349 who have enrolled since
1984", she said, "204 have completed the
course antd ave graduated, and 91% or


those taken in are employed. One hundred
and. fifty-seven have not completed the
course. However, most of these are
employed, indicating that even with partial
training and a good attitude to work,
employers are prepared to hire them".

In addition to remedial training in English
and arithmetic, NEWLO students receive
training in agriculture,
drama, public speaking,
child care, health care,
electrical installation, plum-
bing, masonry, automechan-
ics, woodwork, painting,
S commercial serving, stray
Craft, kitchen and cafeteria
skills, carpentry, muffler
repair and gas appliance and
small electrical appliance
S"repair.
:... Respond To The Needs
Sister Reina said, in the year
L SCOON ahead, NEWLO hopes to
consolidate its gains and
vill continue to, respond to the needs of the
communities it serves.
"As long as there are youngsters looking for
a second chance in life", she said, "we are
prepared to serve with loving care, helping
them to cherish the past in faith, dream of
the future in hope and live the present in
lov".


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The Grenada Newsletter


NEWS SHORTS From Page 11


British Aid For Medical
Supplies

Britain is to provide 22,300 (approximate-
ly EC$98,000) to improve existing facilities
for storing medical supplies of the Ministry
of Health.

This sum is in addition to a development aid
loan of 707,000 made available by Britain
in 1987 for construction of a new building
to house medical supplies.

The additional sum vill provide furniture,
equipment and shelving at the new building
which vill house the Medical Store
Warehouse, the Ministry Central Procure-
ment Office and the centralised stock
accounting and storekeeping operation.


SAID Aid For AIDS
Programme

The United States Agency For International
Development (USAID) has provided a grant
of US$1.6 million to the Pan-American
SHealth Organisation for its Caribbean
Epidemiology Centre to help prevent and
control the spread of AIDS in the Eastern
Caribbean.

This grant is the first installment of
USAID's seven-year US$7.0 million AIDS
Communication & Technical Services
Project (ACTS).

The purpose of ACTS is to establish a
capacity in the Caribbean to develop and
implement cost-effective surveillance, in-
formation, education and intervention
strategies which vill help reduce the


transmission of AIDS and HIV infections,
and predict future trends.



U.K. Aid To Fight Drug
Trafficking

The British Government has presented the
Customs Department with drug testing kits,
hand and pover tools and binoculars to be
used in the campaign against drug traffick-
ing.

This equipment, which cost some
EC$8,500, was handed over to the Compt-
roller of Customs, Mr Patrick Bubb, by the
Resident British Representative, Mr
Graeme Roberts.


Gift Of Books From Britain

Several Grenada institutions have benefitted
from gifts of books presented by the
Grenada Office of the British High
Commission under the annual British Book
Presentation Programme.

According to a release from the Office of
the British High Commission, books valued
at sme EC$18, 000 vere delivered recently
to several local institutions.

At the same time, the release says, over 800
new and secondhand books have beenreceiv-
ed for distribution to needy organizations.

These books have come from the Ranfurly
Library Service which collects new and
secondhand books for distribution in
response to requests from overseas.


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BLAIZE: W

ARE THE

NATIONAL

PARTY


"7w ru are thousands of people in this nation
gentuinely commited to progress witth stability. I
now publicCy declri thit we who tarE so vonfmitted
"nre tfhe Nationat JPwrtU".


lT HE SPLIT IN THE NEW
National Party (NNP) widened on
July 23rd. Two Ministers of Prime
Minirst errbert Blaize's Cabinet, Minister
of Health, Mr Danny Williams and Minister
of State responsible for Community
Development and Women's Affairs, Miss
Grace Duncan, publicly aligned themselves
with that faction of NNP headed by the
Political Leader, Dr Keith Mitchell.
They both appeared with Dr Mitchell at a
NNP public meeting and, in an interview
with NEWSLETTER on July 25th, Mr
Williams declared his position.
That Is The Party
"The NNP is the party on whose ticket I was
elected to the House of Representatives", he
said, "and that is the party with which I am
staying".
Conflict within the NNP, between Prime
Minister Blaize and Dr Mitchell has been
growing since last year and intensified after
the NNP Convention held on January 21st
last. At that Convention, in a straight fight,
the delegates replaced Mr Blaize with Dr
Mitchell as Political Leader, and the Prime


Minister did not appear to accept his defeat
gracefully.
Nev Developments
There were new developments on July 21st
when the Prime Minister dismissed Dr
Mitchell, Minister of VWorks & Commun-
ications, from his Cabinet. He also
IN THIS ISSUE
SBlaize: We Are The
National Party..------..-------... I
Opposition Calls For
Elections-......--.....-- ......-- -.. 3
O Speaker Rejects Notice Of
"No Confiiden-e Motion-..--.. 4
0 Mitchell Charges Harassment..- 6
SMitchell Demands Apology
For Seaga ---......-..-----...----- 8
Youth Skills Training Project
For Local Management........ 9
SNEWLO Has 5th Graduation
Ceremony --.--..--....-.------..- 10
Nevs Shorts---..---------.. -- ..... 11
dismissed NNP Chairman, Senator Law-
rence Joseph, who held the position of
Please See BLAIZE Page 2


PRIME MINISTER
HENBERT A- BLAI2E


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Page 2 Saturday 5th August 1989 The Grenada Newsletter
BLAZE From Page 1


Minister of State for Legal Affairs and.
NationalSecurity:

Mr Blaize said Dr Mitchell and Mr
Joseph had a "hidden agenda' and
their public statements had been
calculated to undermine the Govern-
ment of which they were a part.

SOn the same day, July 21st, in a broadcast
over Radio Grenada ,the Prime Minister
made statements which indicated that he bad.
broken away from NNP and was launching
a new -party, the National Party (NP).
An Awkward Situation
Withthhis move, an awkward situation was
created. The dismissal of Dr Mitchell left
Mr Blaise with eight seats in the House of
Representatives. Prestuming that the eight.
Members filling these seats would all be
members of the newly announced NP, the
position would be a Government party of 8
NP facing the six seats of the Opposition
National Democratic Congress (NDC) plus
the lone seat of Dr Mitchell of the NNP.

But, with Mr Williams and Miss
Duncan aligning themselves vith Dr
Mitchell's NNP, 'the situation became
more complicated. It meant that
these two NNP members were part
of the Prime Minister's NP Cabinet-
It meant also that there is a threat of
a constitutional crisis. The NP
Government party has been reduced
to six seats facing a combined
opposition of nine.

At a NNP press conference on July 24th,
both Mr William s and Miss Duncan said
their resignations from Cabinet would be
submitted to the Governor General 'Vithin
a day or two', and these resignations were
made subsequently on 25th and 28th July
respectively.
The Unanimous Decision
Dr Mitchell disclosed at that press
conference that it. was the unanimous decis-
ion of the NNP Executive that Mr Blaize be
called upon to resign as Prime Minister.

"This decision was taken", he said, "based
on the present political situation and the
action taken by the Prime Minister last
Friday (21st) when he dismissed tvwo
,members of Cabinet and announced the


formation of a new Party".

Dr Mitchell said also that all members. of
Mr Blaize's Cabinet would be asked to
withdraw from the Government. He
expected them to do so, he said, because
.they had been voted into the House of
Representatives on the NNP ticket and not
on the ticket of any political party the Prime
Minister had now lamunchled.
Anwno;ned The Launching
But, in an interview with NEWSLETTER
on. July 26th Prime Minister Blaize denied
that in his radio broadcast on July 21st he
had announced the launching of a new
political party.

In that broadcast, the Prime Minister
condemned what he called the "new thrust"
of the NNP under Dr Mitchell's leadership.
NNP had departed from the principles it
held when it won the General Elections in
1984, he said, and. he (Blaize) could not be
part of that "thrust".

"The- re e thousands of people in this
nation that are genuinely committed to
progress with stability", Mr Blaize said in
his broadcast. "Those of us so committed
will continue on that path. In consequence,
therefore, I now publicly declare that we
who are so committed are the National
Party".

The Prime Minister told NEWSLETTER
this statenmnt should not be taken to mean
that h had launched a nv party.

"Tie New National Party is supposed
to be there', he said, "we started it
with certain ideals. There are
certain people who have gone off
with their new thrust which we don't
accept and so they have left us with
the ('"the" emphasized) National Party.
If, eventually, the thing comes out to
be two parties, then, it is all right'"
Come Back Down
The Prime Minister said there are not yet
two parties but "we have declared that we
are not with the new thrust of the New
National Party". For the last six months, he
said, he has "been asking them to cut off the
new thrust ard come back down, then we
vill all be again the National Party".
Please See BLAIZE Page 4


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 5th August 1989 Page 3


OPPOSITION CALLS


FOR ELECTIONS
"ies ...c onUm you-, as Prime Minister, to...
pubidjiiy nnwwnc a Cdate b wkicik ,nera
dcctions i-... ou1t1 be heet... Ne


T WAS DISCLOSED AT A PRESS
conference, called on July 25th by the
national Democratic Congress (NDC),
that the official Opposition in the Grenada
House of Representatives had made a
demand on Prime Minister
Herbert Blaize that he set a date
for General Elections.

A letter to Mr Blaize,
dated July 25th and signed .
by Mr George Bri-
zan, Leader of the
Opposition,
sets out events
which took place
since July 21st when
Mr Blaize, in a radio
broadcast, made state-
ments vhich Yere taken
to mean that a nev
political party, the
National Party (NP)
had displaced the New
National Party (NNP)
as the party in Government-

The letter referred also to the fact that Mr
Danny Williams, Attorney General and
Minister fr Health, together with Miss
Grace Duncan. Minister of State for
Women's Affairs, had publicly distanced
themselves from NP and indicated their
connmitment to NNP.
Rumours Were Widespread
This situation, the letter said, had had a
traumatic impact on Grenadians, rumours
were widespread and there was confusion
and uncertainty in the country.

"In the event, we in the official
Parliam-entary Opposition must now here-
by, and we so do, call on you, as Prima
Minister, to set and publicly announce a date
by which general elections, constitutionally
upcoming, would (sic) be held across


Grenada",
should be
1989".


I


the letter says. "That date
not later than 15th November

Be Good Enough
"We must also now hereby, and
we so do", the letter con-
tinues, "ask that you be
good enough to make that
said announcement within
two weeks of the date of this
Letter".


j i T The letter says that
-the Prime Minister
w would understand
that if he did not
r comply with these
demands, the Oppo-
sition would have
n.o alternative but to
take such meas-
ures as they see
fit "to discharge
W'their responsib-
ilities to the people of the Nation'


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