PM Mitchell denies money charges

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has denied media reports that his ruling New National Party (NNP) received campaign financing from the Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture (GSA), a failed Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme.

The Qatar-based Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera, in a one-hour programme aired across the region earlier this week, alleged that Caribbean countries with CBI programmes were also selling diplomatic passports to people who make a significant financial contribution to political parties.

The television station named Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and Grenada among the countries that had benefitted from the sale of diplomatic passports.

Under the CBI, Caribbean countries provide citizenship to foreign investors who make a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of these islands.

In the television programme, a man identified as Leo Ford is seen and heard saying that Mitchell requested funds for the 2018 general election campaign.

But the Prime Minister told reporters the Al Jazeera allegation about his NNP, which won all the 15 seats in the 2018 poll, “is totally false”.

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