United Workers Party (UWP) Public Relations Officer Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute has declared that Saint Lucia’s current National Security Minister has failed in his responsibilities.
Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre also holds the portfolio of National Security.
Montoute said the Minister had failed ‘miserably’.
“The Prime Minister will have to determine in his cabinet who is the best suited person to fit that bill,” the former Gros Islet MP told a news conference on Thursday.
His comments followed a surge in deadly gun violence, particularly in Vieux Fort.
Montoute acknowledged that the government had taken some drastic measures, including inviting Regional Security (RSS) troops and beefing up policing in Vieux Fort.
However, he recalled that under the nose of the RSS and the beefed-up police presence, four murders occurred in Vieux Fort during the Easter weekend.
Montoute reiterated that the opposition United Workers Party stands ready to work with the government in addressing crime despite the continued rejection of its offers.
And he disclosed that the party would do what it could in the meantime to address the crime problem.
In addition, Montoute questioned the legitimacy of the Saint Lucia government to speak on crime.
“When I, for one, speak to Saint Lucians, the first thing they do is point a finger at the composition of the present cabinet. And if you have people within your midst who have questionable backgrounds and who are questionable characters, you will have a problem addressing the subject with any authority or any legitimacy,” the former Minister told reporters.
Headline photo: Lenard Montoute stock image.