ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, May 29, CMC – The main opposition New National Party (NNP) Tuesday called on Prime Minister Tillman Thomas “to come clean” on a US$150,000 overseas donation made to his ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“I think the Prime Minister has a responsibility to come clean with the Grenadian people. I don’t think that this transaction is a very normal one,” NNP campaign manager Terrence Forester told a news conference.
“I think this matter could be put to rest once truthful information is shared with the Grenadian people. It would be wise of our prime minister to not allow this matter to cloud the airwaves of Grenada and to create further suspicion and to create that anxiety in our communities”.
On Monday last week, Prime Minister Thomas denied reports of the donation after several weeks of accusations by the NNP.
But, speaking on a Government Information Service (GIS) television broadcast last Friday, he acknowledged that someone in his government received the donation but denied suggestions it might have been an under-hand deal.
But while Prime Minister Thomas has said that the funds were a donation to the NDC, the party’s general secretary Peter David said it has not been placed in the party’s bank account.
“We call on our prime minister to disclose the facts. The source of funds declaration made to the bank is one that is very questionable. Even the source of funds information given by the alleged receiver is also questionable. All these continue to create that cloud of suspicious uncertainty,” said Forester, a former NNP public relations officer..
The NNP has alleged that the donation came from a source in Saudi Arabia as a result of a transaction labelled “legal fees”.
NNP leader and former prime minister Dr Keith Mitchell said he would be lodging a formal complain with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Royal Grenada Police Force this week.
“We are particularly concerned as to the source or sources from which these funds are coming from. Our prime mnister has the responsibility to share this with the FIU and to share this with the media so we can seek and bring about clarity “Forester told reporters.
“What sort of involvement may have brought our prime minister in this unfortunate situation? We ask for disclosure in every respect and we ask for a discontinuation of skirting around the issue”.