Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, and Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton have exchange words as the search for abducted 12-year-old Kernisha Etienne continues.
Skerrit accused the UWP of politicizing the search and Linton responded by saying that Skerrit is a “broken man” who is laying the blame at the feet of the opposition since the search, that he is in charge of, has not succeeded as yet.
Speaking on the radio station, Kairi FM, Skerrit did not specify what the UWP had done or said to make the search political but described it as “unfortunate.”
“It is unfortunate that some are making this political,” he stated. “We are not surprise, this is how the UWP operates in Dominica. There is no genuine concern or care for any thing human in Dominica by the opposition.”
But according to Linton, since the search for the young child has not been successful, Skerrit is seeking to blame the opposition.
“The search that he is in charge of has not succeeded to date, so what does he do? What he always does, he blames the opposition,” he said on Q95. “Now, the opposition gets blame for what? For suggesting improvements to the search and rescue effort? That’s all we have done. That’s what I have done, that’s what the leadership of the United Workers Party has been involved in.”
Linton said that Skerrit’s statement is the sign of a broken man that is dissatisfied and unhappy because the search has not proven futile nine days after the child was abducted.
“But he feels it in a way where he made himself the head of it,” Linton stated. “He’s supposed to be the hero who finds Kernisha and up till now it hasn’t happened and so he is feeling broken, he is downhearted and so he makes a very unfortunate statement.”
The young child was abducted from her home in Warner at around 11:30 pm on Tuesday, June 7, by Kian Alexander of Belles, who the police described as a “suspected lunatic.”
Despite extensive searches, the two have not yet been located.