Opposition leader Allen Chastanet has called out the government, pointing to its silence regarding separate deadly gun incidents on independence day that claimed the lives of four men.
One of the men died in a police officer-involved shooting at Bexon, two were gunned down in Vieux Fort and another was shot dead in Soufriere.
“Four deaths on independence day and the government has said nothing? Absolutely nothing?” Chastanet told a news conference on Monday.
The United Workers Party (UWP) leader described the four deadly gun incidents, and a fatal accident as Saint Lucia celebrated its 44th independence anniversary last week as a sad day for the country.
“I think it needs to be a wake-up call for all of us. This is not just a reflection on the government this is a reflection on all of us as a society. This is a very sad day,” the former Prime Minister told reporters.
“I think we probably have to admit that this was probably one of the worst independence we have had in terms of our safety record. I mean to lose four lives by gunshot and one person that was in a car accident – very, very sad day for all of us,” Chastanet asserted.
“It begs the question, the level of preparation that was put into independence because you know that you’re going to be having mass crowds. You know that people are going to be driving inebriated and in some cases we actually had advance warnings that that there were persons who were being targeted,” the Micoud South MP told reporters.
“It is something that we have to go back to the drawing board,” Chastanet stated.