CaribWorldNews, PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, Weds. Mar. 18, 2009: Turks & Caicos Premier Michael Misick is lashing out at Britain over its plans to kick out the current island government following corruption findings.
Misick called the plan `modern day colonialism` and has called on the Caribbean Community and a number of other international agencies to intervene.
`This step by the British cannot be right, morally or otherwise,` said Misick. `I call on the international community, including CARICOM, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and other such bodies to intercede on our behalf as we are vulnerable to the strong arm of modern day colonialism.`
But an interim report following a Commission of Inquiry has detailed many allegations of corruption perpetrated by Misick and his administration. The Commission, led by Sir Robin Auld, has pointed to `clear signs of political amorality and immaturity and general administrative incompetence.`
During the hearings, the now estranged Mrs. Misick, Lisa Raye McCoy-Misick, testified of being flown around the world in a private jet paid for by Misick, of being given an exclusive black credit card and of the loss of a major down payment on a home in LA.
British Governor Gordon Wetherall, meanwhile, could be put him in charge of the day-to-day running of the territory for the next two years, bringing an end to the reign of the Progressive National Party administration.
Misick, however, exclaimed: `It is wrong in the 21st century to have an entire population re-colonized in this fashion, with the executive, legislative, judicial and all other powers lying in the hands of the colonial masters, but vested in one person (the Governor), who himself, in this case, is not a citizen. My people, this action by the colonial masters in Britain is not against the PNP or the (opposition) PDM but against all of us.`