A battle is in the making between the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a break away faction that is now operating under the banner of the National United Front (NUF) over some furniture that was donated as a gift by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
A high-level source told THE NEW TODAY that the furniture was handed over to Congress for its use but the party now has no access to it.
He said the items were given to a top party official for storage at his place at Belmont, St. George’s but the individual is now associated with NUF and seems very reluctant to hand over the items.
During the September 30 annual convention of Congress, the delegates voted overwhelmingly to expel ten dissident members of the party including five sitting Members of Parliament – Peter David, Glynis Roberts, Michael Church, Pastor Karl Hood and Joseph Gilbert.
Prior to the break, the Congress was using as its headquarters a building on Lucas Street that was controlled by David, its one time General Secretary.
The source said that the day after the expulsions the NDC sign was taken down from the building.
The Congress is now using a building at Tempe, St. George’s as its new head office.
The source pointed out that Prime Minister and Political Leader, Tillman Thomas instructed party officials to take possession of all the furniture items to help decorate the new NDC office at Tempe.
He spoke of the individual who controls the building where the items are stored sending only a few of the items and held onto the bulk of them.
“This is our furniture. It was given to NDC for its own use. We hope that the people now group in the new party do not intend to use any of our furniture”, he said.
The source indicated that Prime Minister Thomas intends to make a renewed effort to get the individual to hand over to Congress the remainder of the Chinese donated furniture.
NUF along with the main opposition New National Party (NNP) of former Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell will be seeking to replace Congress as the Government of Grenada in the upcoming general elections.
Speculation is rife in local political circles that NUF members are bent on taking away as much votes as possible from NDC at the polls in order to help NNP candidates win in some constituencies.
Grenadians are expected to go to the polls sometime in 2013.