ST GEORGE’S: Seven members of Grenada’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), including General Secretary, Peter David, and trade unionist, Chester Humphrey, have been expelled from the party.
The other members who have been banned include former Cabinet ministers Joseph Gilbert, Karl Hood, Arley Gill, Glynnis Roberts and disciplinary committee member, Siddiqui Sylvester.
Supporters voted overwhelmingly to expel the members at the annual convention of the (NDC), held last Sunday in the eastern parish of St. Andrew’s.
David, the former tourism minister, Hood, the former foreign affairs minister, and former environment minister Roberts resigned from the cabinet in recent months, citing differences with the administration of Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas.
Thomas recently ordered the proroguing of parliament in an effort to avoid debate on a motion of no-confidence against his administration filed by Hood, the second one in recent months.
Gilbert was fired for writing to American investors and promising them a casino license without Cabinet’s approval, while Gill was sacked in the aftermath of David’s resignation.
Former government minister, Phinsley St. Louis, moved a motion for the party delegates to expel the seven members, including Humphrey, who are all known supporters of David.
The infighting within the NDC has pitted a side led by Thomas against a group led by David.