United Workers Party (UWP) leader Allen Chastanet has lauded reformed former ‘bad boy rapper’ turned politician Dr. Moses’ Shyne’ Barrow down to address Sunday’s UWP national convention in Soufriere.
Barrow spent almost ten years in jail following a shooting incident at a nightclub where three people sustained injuries.
After serving jail time, the United States authorities deported the Grammy award-winning rapper.
But Belize-born Barrow, who rubbed shoulders with well-known rappers like P. Diddy, turned his life around, eventually becoming the Leader of his country’s United Democratic Party (UDP), which is currently in opposition.
He is also a member of the Belize House of Representatives.
UWP leader Allen Chastanet recalled meeting Barrow at an International Democrat Union meeting in Washington, DC.
“During our extensive discussions, I became amazed at Hon. Barrow’s passion for youth empowerment, social justice, economic development, and his ability to navigate challenges that would have dissuaded many people,” Chastanet wrote on Facebook.
The former Saint Lucia Prime Minister noted that the former rapper had spearheaded various initiatives to improve Belizeans’ lives, particularly those in marginalised communities.
In addition, Chastanet indicated that people widely recognise Barrow as a charismatic leader with a deep commitment to serving his country and its people.
“It therefore gives me great pleasure to welcome him as our esteemed guest speaker at the 42nd UWP Convention. His unique perspective and unwavering dedication to serving his community make him a valuable addition to our event,” the Saint Lucia opposition leader stated.
The UWP has promoted Barrow as someone who, having transformed his life, had the legitimacy to speak to young people, especially those involved in a life of crime, to reach their hearts and minds.