Lennox Linton says UWP expects an executive member to resign, due to serious allegations of inappropriate behaviour
Meanwhile, UWP Leader Lennox Linton says given the serious allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a minor being faced by an executive member of the party, he believes resignation from office while the matter is before the courts is the honourable thing to do.
In an official statement Linton says "on behalf of the leadership of the UWP Team Dominica, I apologize for the widespread disappointment, hurt and discomfort among nationals at home and abroad caused by this most regrettable development. This is not a fall that defines us. It is a stumble that caught us by surprise”.
He continues, “Rest assured that the lessons learned have strengthened our resolve in the mission to advance human dignity. In this sad but extremely necessary episode in the national struggle to defeat the scourge of child abuse, the member of our team has the right to a defence as much as the alleged victim has a right to have the matter justly prosecuted without fear or favour; affection or ill-will".
He added "We believe that resignation from office, at least while the matter is before the court, is the only honourable course of action available to public officials in the leadership of political parties facing such allegations of serious inappropriate behaviour. And that is precisely what the UWP Team Dominica expects of the accused executive member. Alternatively, the appropriate organs of the Party will be engaged to act decisively in the public interest and for the general well-being of the Party".
Linton says his party stands firmly behind the balanced, holistic development of children as they strive to make Dominica the best. "If we don’t give the complaints of abused children the importance they deserve in the judicial process; if we shut them down through payments to parents; if we intimidate them and trash their truth with legal technicalities; then the menace of child abuse will continue to wreak havoc without let or hindrance" he said.
All efforts made by Q95 news to speak with Mr. Linton proved futile.
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