UP faction leader Meyers: “We are perceived as the most corrupt party in the country”POSTED: 09/16/15 10:18 PM
St. Maarten – “The perception is that we are the most corrupt party in the country,” said Franklin Meyers, faction leader of the United People’s party yesterday morning at the meeting of parliament to close the parliamentary year 2014-2015.
Needless to say, that perception does not sit well with the UP. “We were the first party to comply with the rules of the Electoral Council. The first to be sanctioned. The first to be ready for the elections and the first to submit an audited financial statement,” Meyers said.
He opened his brief speech with a reference to the events that took place immediately after the elections in August. “There was nothing but praise from The Hague when the first coalition was formed. Twenty-five days later there was a collation with the UP and from thereon there were only threats with measures expressing dissatisfaction with the UP.”
The commotion in The Hague about the United People’s party had its effect in St. Maarten: “We could not concentrate on governing. We were fighting off measures from our so-called Kingdom partner. But our best days are still ahead of us,” Meyers said.
Due to financial constraints, St. Maarten’s hands are tied for tackling challenges like crime. “They are telling us – this is what you are allowed to spend. We have to decide collectively what is the best for St. Maarten because currently, we are not in control of our own destiny.”
Meyers underlined this last statement by saying that some investors are richer than the government. He also made a reference to the shooting of Police Sergeant Gamali Benjamin on August 5, right around the corner from the parliament building. “What a year this has been,” he said. “How did we become a society where a policeman is gunned down in broad daylight? What has fundamentally changed us as a people?”