St. John’s Antigua- Months after facing a lock-out at the association’s headquarters by President Charles “Eddie” Hunte, members of the executive body of the Pensioners’ Association are now seeking legal advice to deal with a list of problems which began in February.
The stalemate started days before the association’s annual general meeting, when the members demanded financial accountability about funds which were put in the association’s purse. They also sought to remove Hunte from the post.
In the latest development the elected members claimed they received letters informing them that they were no longer members of the Pensioners’ association.
Pensioner Reginal Pelle said the members have since consulted with a lawyer, who has written to the president informing him of the members’ desire to get an update of their financial status and other matters relating to the association.
“We are just making some demands to ask him to just come forward and tell us about our general well-being,” Pelle said on state television Wednesday.
He said the letter gave the president 21 days to respond and he has not yet done so.
Secretary Loretta Phillip said the organisation also sought to obtain advice on the constitution, which governs the organisation.
According to her, the president, on several occasions, acted outside of the provisions of the constitution.
“No part of it is being adhered to by the president. So we are seeking to put to him what we don’t agree to,” Phillip explained.
Members say they are not against the president but are fighting for the best interests of the organisation and the pensioners it looks after.