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PM accuses opposition consultants of tracking him

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves say sopposition agents are tracking him. (File photo)

ST. VINCENT: – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he is being tracked by Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL), the election consultants for the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).

He accused the company of hiring someone to hack into his email account and interfering with his telecommunications.

Gonsalves this week called into a radio station from London, where he is on a private visit, and related “an interesting confrontation” with an SLC employee who was posing as a journalist.

Gonsalves said the man’s business card identified him as “Scherzando Karasu” and SCL’s “director of political affairs”. (Go to the homepage to subscribe to I Witness-News)

“This man, who is of mixed descent … fair-skin but looks Middle Eastern or Indian, Asian … says to me, ‘Are you the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines?’ I said, ‘Yes’. He says, “I am a journalist. I want to ask you a few questions,’” Gonsalves said of the incident he said took place in the lobby of the London hotel where he is staying.

Gonsalves, who is political leader of the Unity Labour Party (ULP), said the man inquired whether he was in London to raise campaign funds for general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), which are due by March 28.

He said he asked the man for his media credential and the man then said he works for SCL.

“I said, ‘But you are some kind of idiot to come and ask me whether I’m in London for the purposes of raising campaign funds. I said, ‘In fact, you are rude.’

“Now that is the kind of a tracking they are doing of the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves said during his call to the radio station. (Follow I Witness-News on Facebook)

“I want the people to understand this, the extent of the intrusion by these people into our politics. It’s now gone pass being campaign consultants. They are interfering with me and harassing me as I go about my legitimate business. I didn’t tell him why I am here but they are obviously tracking me,” he added.

Gonsalves discusses how the men might have known where he was staying in London, saying the information was not given to them by his office in SVG or the country’s High Commission in London.

“They could have found out from one or two other sources, I would admit. But it may well be – remember I raised the question earlier on that they were hacking into — they wanted to pay somebody to hack into my email,” he said.

“… Now — so, there are several issues. Possibly, they are interfering with our telecommunications – but they are definitely tracking the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I had to ask this fellow if he is an idiot and that he is rude. Because I saw him with a camera, I said, ‘Are you taking a picture of me?’ He said he would like to. I said, ‘Of course not.’ He may have taken one. I don’t know. His name is [Scherzando Karasu], ‘cause he gave me his card. He was a little startled with my robust response to him,” Gonsalves said.

Gonsalves’ claim is the lasts in a saga between him and SCL. Gonsalves, in an “open letter to the people of the Caribbean” last month, said SCl was among foreign forces undermining his government.

Discussion

5 thoughts on “PM accuses opposition consultants of tracking him

  1. LMAO…..Ralph real funny, Reminds me of a primary school child….LOL

    Posted by Lateilia | September 9, 2010, 16:07
  2. I am positive that Mr.Scherzando Karasu was not even in London. We are all accustomed to the PM making up stories to try and distract Vincentians minds from the real bread and butter issues in the Country. We were tricked this time around though, he left out the part where he was threatened. Thanks for the laughs Sir.

    Posted by Bryan Alexander | September 10, 2010, 13:47
  3. Gonsalves reminds me of a former president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin who in the last days of his terms started behaving disillusion. This man has definitely lost his mind. Everybody is wondering when is he going to announce the date for general elections; this is really torturous for all Vincentians who have to endure the despicable behaviour and incompetence of Ralph Gonsalves, before is is removed from office. Vincentians must now work hard to ensure that the new NDP Administration carry out some constitutional amendments among them must be a provision for a date certain (just like in the USA) for every general elections. And no Prime Minister must ever be allowed to call snap elections; the administrative terms must run their full course.

    Posted by David | September 10, 2010, 19:51
  4. I am disgusted at the intervention in a sovereign state of SCL and this mysterious capitalist running dog Mr Scherzando Karuso – even his name smacks of the cosmopolitan elitists trying to run this great nation down.

    I think should he ever try to insert himself into our politics again we should gaol him.

    Posted by Daniel Stroud-Robson | September 21, 2010, 11:30
  5. You are … hilarious Robson x

    Posted by scherzandokarasuScherzando | August 11, 2011, 12:19

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