Health professional Kennedy Roberts has defected from the ruling New National Party (NNP) to the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) with a blistering attack on Prime Minister Keith Mitchell.
In his first appearance on an NDC platform, Roberts called for the 71-year old Mitchell to step aside and go into retirement.
“I have known Dr Mitchell for a very long time. I have been close to him in many ways.,” he said.
“I have respected him and I believe he has done a lot for Grenada in the time he has been here but I am convinced that this is our time in history when we have to tell him thank you, Dr Mitchell you have played your part, time to move on”.
Roberts, who contested the 2008 election for the NNP in the St George North-east constituency, is the second noted NNP official in the past year to call for the ageing Grenadian leader to call it a day in frontline politics.
Minutes earlier, the Congress meeting was addressed by Samuel George, a former long-standing NNP member who is now campaigning with NDC after 33 years of association with the Mitchell-led party.
Roberts also used the NDC platform to accuse his former party of playing games with the people since it “is not interested in the health of Grenadians”.
He told the meeting held to endorse Adrian “Persuader” Thomas as the NDC Candidate for St. David in the March 13 general election that the NNP is not putting enough effort into the health sector which is of great concern to Grenadians.