Welcoming leadership scrutiny

Posted by at 27 May, at 12 : 06 PM Print

St. George’s, May 27, 2012 – Prime Minister Tillman Thomas claims that he has no difficulty with anyone trying to replace him as leader, but says it should be done “legitimately.’’

In some Grenadian circles, allegations have been made of efforts by Peter David, the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and former Tourism Minister, to replace Thomas.

Similar allegations have been made by others against Nazim Burke, Deputy Leader of the NDC and Minister of Finance, Planning, Economic Development, Energy and Cooperatives.

Both David and Burke have denied the allegations.

Since 2010, three ministers have resigned from government and one has been dismissed.

The ministers, as well as some current and former NDC members, have questioned the leadership style of Thomas and his inability to forge a more united party and government.

Former Environment Minister Michael Church accused the prime minister of being an “autocratic’’ leader.

Thomas has dismissed the accusation. He says there is “absolutely nothing’’ to support claims of dictatorial rule.

“The whole thing is about power,’’ the prime minister said. “There are people who want power and they want to be in authority and make decision. I have nothing against this. But let us do it legitimately and above board.’’

Thomas said Grenadians, including NDC members, have confidence in his leadership, which he is prepared to defend in any forum.

“The more they put my leadership under scrutiny, the more they’re discovering the real Tillman Thomas,’’ the prime minister said.

According to Thomas, leadership is about character, respect, courage, patriotism, taking decisions to benefit people, and standing up for what one believes in.

“When the history is written, my leadership would be an outstanding leadership,’’ Prime Minister Thomas said.

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