Alister Hughes 5th Septomber 1975
P 0 Box* 65
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r Week Endin September 6th
DISSOLUTION ORDER "INVALID".
There have been new developments in the controversial Nutmeg
Board issue following a meeting of nutmeg producers held on
Wednesday of this week (3rd). These developments stem
from the dissolution by Government on July 4th of the elected
Board of Management of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg
AssociSaion and the nomination of an Interim Board to run the
affairs of the Association.
According to a Resolution passed by the nutmeg producers,
the Order made by the Governor General to dissolve the
Nutmeg Board is not valid. The Resolution states that, in
the Dissolution Order, no reference is made to the "Grenada
Cooperative Nutmeg Association", and, because of this, "the
Nutmeg Board elected at the May 1975 General Meeting is not
dissolved and is the Legal Board according to the Nutmeg
Examination of the Dissolution Order shows that, in reference
to the organisation, the words '"Nutnieg" and "Cooperative" are
transposed, and the Order speaks of the "Grenada Nutmeg.
Cooperative Association" and not, as it should, of the
"Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg AssociaBion." Legal opinion
today (5th) was that this error could invalidate the
Dissolution Order and Legislative action might be necessary
to legalise the actions of the Interim Board.'
Another Resolution passed by the nutmeg producers brings the
Dissolution Order into question on another point. The
Resolution points out that, according to the Nutmeg Industry
Ordinance, the Dissolution Order made by the Governor General
on July 4th is not valid unless, as provided in Section
35 (2), "in such Order provision is made for constitution
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under this Ordinance of a new Board in lieu of the Board
so dissolved within a period not exceeding two months from
the datesof such Order."
The Resolution points out that the Dissolution Order makes.
no provision for election of a new Board, and therefore,
it claims that the Order is not valid and that the persona
elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting on
May 23rd constitute the legal Nutmeg Board for the curzesnt
According to both Resolutiona passed by the nutmeg
producers, foreign buyers of nutmegs and local Banks are
to be informed of these findings,'"and advised "that the
Board appointed by Government had and has no authority
to transact any business on behalf of the Grenada
Cooperative Nutmeg Association, and:that any transaction
entered into makes them liable in law."
Banking circles in Grenada had no comment today (5th), but
indications are that legal advice is being sought. Nor
could any information be had from Governments legal
Authorities. The Attorney General, Mr Desmond Christian,
is out of the State, and the Acting Solicitor General,
.1r Jerome Penny, is on sick leave.
BLOW TO PRESS FREEDOM.
In an exclusive interview yesterday (4th) with NEWSLETTER,
Mr D M B Uromwell, Managing Director of Messrs Grenada
Publishers Ltd, said the Company had paid the EC$20,000.00
deposit prescribed by the Newspaper (Amendment) Act, and
he expected that there would be an issue of the "Torchlight"
next Sunday (7th)
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The last issue of the twice-weekly "T'olehlight" was on July
9th, when, following the coming into force on July 4th of
the Newspaper (Amendmont) Act, the paper wentiout of pu csat0ra,
Mr Crommell said his Company had also established a Bond for
EC$960.00 and paid a licence fee of EC$500.00, both of which
are requirements of the Newspaper (Amendment) Act.
"This Act", said Mr Cromwell, "is a direct blow to the
principle of the Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech.
It has not been easy for a small Company such as ours to meet
the heavy financial burden imposed by this Law. Nevertheless,
we recognize a duty to the Community and I am pleased that
our columns will be again open to Grenadians for expression
of their opinions."
The S S "Geestcrest" loaded 33,436 boxes of bananas at Grenada
over the two days, 1st and 2nd September. This shipment
weighed 994,791 lbs and is valued at EC$94,505.00. One
hundred and thirty-six boxes of fruit were rejected.
Banana loadings are now on a fortnightly basis.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
In the week ending August 30th, there wee only one cruise
liner call at Grenada. This was the "Cunard Adventurer"
which arrived on Tuesday 26th with 670 passengers.