“TODAY is a good day. I think it is a good-looking Friday.”
This was the statement of Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke yesterday as he exited the Industrial Court a free man as
contempt proceedings brought against him are not expected to be completed for at least two more weeks.
Contempt proceedings against the PSA, Duke and Purdy Babwah, a member of the Public Service and a public officer at the Immigration Division, began at the Industrial Court yesterday.
Duke was approached by members of the media as he exited the courthouse.
“I have been advised by my eminent counsel to make no comment on this matter, however, I will say that in the interest of my members and the public, I will continue to look at ways of bringing some relief to both sides,” Duke said.
“In the interest of my members and the public, I will continue to look
for ways, to create ways to bring relief to both sides, my members and the public. We have been looking at some ways and we will continue to look at some ways, so let’s see how that turns out over the weekend and how that materialises next week,” he said.
The PSA, Duke and Babwah were yesterday represented by Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes and attorneys Michael Quamina, John Heath and Anthony Bullock.
Duke said the PSA believes they are in the right.
“We believe in what we believe in and that is why we hired lawyers and that is why we are out today. We have a strong belief in our position, but we will not try to interfere with the judgment the court is about to make; we will allow the court to have justice,” Duke said.
Asked if the PSA will be seeking to contest the injunction, Duke said:
“We will take it step by step. Right now, today is a good day. I think it is a good-looking Friday.”
Asked what he felt about people saying he should be jailed, Duke said:
“People are also saying that they should marry Watson Duke, too, you know, but I don’t know how to respond to either one.”