Former government minister Donville Inniss has no immediate plans to return to active politics.
“That is not on my horizon at this point in time,” he said in an interview with Barbados TODAY this morning at his home in Husbands Heights, St James.
Saying that active politics required a significant amount of time and dedication, especially with regards to making connections with constituents, the 57-year old stressed that this is not his current focus, as he never intended to be involved in politics “indefinitely”.
“I hold the view that when we got defeated in 2018, my attitude was to thank the people of St James South for the confidence they had imposed on me in the prior 10 years, to congratulate the lady who won the seat and to wish her all the best going forward and to get on with my life, and I don’t know that that attitude has changed at all. So, I am not thinking about running as a candidate again or getting involved in the leadership of the party,” he revealed.
However, the former Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development hinted that he has not fully ruled out the future possibility, stating “at the end of the day, the good Lord will decide where I go and how I get there.”
In the meantime, Inniss said that with a very active and productive life before running for office in 2008, his intention now is to join the majority of Barbadians in “observing, talking, engaging and lending a voice” on the issues affecting the country.
As to his short term plans, he disclosed that the next few weeks will be spent reacquainting himself with family and friends.
“I intend to really just take care of me and my family, and spend my time doing the things that give me great pleasure, like reading, tidying up around my property, doing a few things that need to be fixed up around here, and spending some quality time with my two sons and with my wife, of course,” he noted.
The former MP made the comments less than 48 hours after returning to the island following his release from prison in the United States. He had been sentenced to two years behind bars and a further two years of supervised release at the end of his jail term after being convicted on conspiracy and money laundering charges. (JB)