Former Government Minister, Glynis Roberts is Grenada’s third female political leader.
The two-time Parliamentary Representative for St George South was elected unopposed as Political Leader of the National United Front (NUF) on Sunday as she prepares to lead a group of limited candidates into the February 19 General Election.
The St George South Representative will seek to reclaim her seat in Parliament while her colleague Attorney-at-Law, Ferron Lowe will challenge NDC’s Randall Robinson and NNP’s Gregory Bowen for the St George South-East seat.
Another former NDC member, Valdon Paul will compete with Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and NNP’s Clifton Paul for the St Patrick East seat.
A turnout of approximately 100 people attended NUF’s party Convention and Political Campaign launch at the Calliste Government School in the South of the island.
The party’s constitution that directs the election of members, discipline, aims and objectives was read out and ratified subject to minor amendments made by party members.
The Executive elected to lead the party are as follows: Chairperson – Siddiqui Sylvester; Deputy Chairperson – Jerome Joseph; Political Leader – Glynis Roberts; Deputy Political Leader – Ferron Lowe; General Secretary – Dr. Winston Thomas; Assistant General Secretaries – Terrence Benjamin and Peter Spencer; Treasurer – Manley Phillip; Assistant Treasurer – Esther Frank; Public Relations Officer – Valdon Paul; Recording (Executive) Secretary – Jomi Thomas; and Trustees – Emlyn Lambert and Phillip Isaac.
In her maiden address as political leader, Roberts told supporters, “I will not let you down”.
In reference to the two main political parties in the country – the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Opposition New National Party (NNP) the female politician charged that both of them have exhausted their usefulness.
“There comes a time in a country’s history when the old must be done away with” she said.
Roberts was first elected as a Parliamentarian under the banner of Congress in 2003 and then again in 2008.
However, she resigned as a member of the government last year amidst internal fighting when a group of dissidents sought to replace Prime Minister Thomas as Political Leader of Congress in favour of his ex-Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David.
Roberts was subsequently expelled along with eight others as members of NDC.
In the presence of three expelled members of the NDC – Peter David, Chester Humphrey (both have not indicated their support for the NUF) and Siddiqui Sylvester, the new political leader was at pains to make it known that NUF is not a breakaway fraction of the ruling Congress party.
In seeking to chart the way forward for the new party, Roberts said that NUF would focus on breaking the cycle of poverty as well as concentrate on education, job creation, developing the agriculture sector, improved health care services, tourism, culture, the environment and implementing social programme that will support strong family bonds.
Guyana’s controversial Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee was the guest speaker at the NUF’s Convention and Campaign Launch on Sunday.
The Guyanese government minister has been dogged by the passage of a no confidence motion against him in Parliament in Georgetown over allegations that he has ties to alleged criminal and notorious characters in the South American republic.