Monday, May 16, 2022



For two years we have been flagging the apparent failure of the Citizen By Investment project in Portsmouth – The Anichi Hotel.  It is a crying shame that Trevor Johnson had to come out of retirement (lol), travel all the way from Trinidad to do exactly what the media should be doing about a project that represents government incompetence and blatant corruption. A project where the people of Dominica were once again duped – Where millions of dollars have been spent on a stalled hotel construction and millions made in commission by the developer Alick Lawrence, his friends and passport vending agents.

The hotel was scheduled to be completed and in operations by 2019. According to the developer Alick Lawrence, who is himself from Portsmouth, the Hotel would bring much jobs and economic opportunities to the Portsmouth area. It was also promised that a portion of the CBI revenues raised on behalf of the Anichi project would also be used to build a resource center in the Chance area of Portsmouth. Today the incomplete hotel construction in Picard Portsmouth is an embarrassing eyesore. 

The few times that we have gone down to Portsmouth we did find a few construction workers at the site but from all indications – the few construction workers are just there to keep the people believing their sham.  

In September of 2016 during a commencement ceremony for the Anichi Hotel construction, PM Skerrit said “The people of Zicack, and Chance, will have cause to celebrate in the near future. A multipurpose community will be constructed together with the Anichi HotelSix years later, not only is the hotel incomplete and seemingly abandoned, there is no sign of a resource center for Chance Portsmouth. But then again it's Portsmouth to the DLP government- chickens for the torture.

The attached video and commentary (link above) by Trevor Johnson is quite riveting. After Hundreds of  millions in construction, millions collected as commission and  developers fee (10%) all there is to show is a dilapidated construction site with incomplete  concrete structures yet the government and Alick Lawrence have  already moved on to another CBI hotel scheme at the Public Works site in Roseau and the Dominican people remain silent. 

It would be righteous indignation to blame the Anichi Hotel saga on the people of Portsmouth and their formidable sheep in human clothing syndrome but the boldface corruption by PM Skerrit ,Anthony Haiden , Alick Lawrence and other rapacious hyenas is more so a reflection of nation conveniently ignorant or feigning slumber while bandits are plundering the country .

 Sunlight is the best disinfectant  

 “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives “and so the role of the media / fourth estate and its actors in promoting accountabilty and transparency cannot be overstated. So where are the journalist supposedly not in the DLP 's pocket – where is Carlisle John Baptist, DNO, Q95. Is the media going to allow the Anichi Hotel project to go down like the scandalous and deplorable Layou River Hotel project? 

Michele Henderson please sing deja vu if you mean it.

From Trevor’s video documentary one can see that the grass is already taking over. The above photo show that the damp proof layer on the concrete wall is also dilapidated. It has been like that for more than 2 years. We  expect the deception machinery of the DLP organization to do some grass cutting operation at the Anichi site sometime this week.

According to James Madison a Government who operates on the ignorance and the timidity of a people is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. It is tragic that since 2019 no one from the media or even the opposition has demanded answers on the foozle CBI project in Picard. "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will” ( Frederick Douglas.) If the government must be called to account for the Anichi project, real action must be taken. For example why not take the shows, talk shops or Walk for Justice up to Picard so the so entire country, even the so called CBI investors and the rest of the world can see the CBI farce at the Anichi site. 


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