Former Castries South East MP Guy Joseph has taken issue with House Speaker Claudius Francis, who called on police to intervene as Micoud South MP Allen Chastanet left parliament on Tuesday.
“Officer, he shall not leave. Officer, he shall not leave,” Francis said to the police on duty as Chastanet exited the House, followed by two female officers.
The Micoud South MP returned to the Chamber a short time later with the officers behind him and took his seat.
Guy Joseph said he would not have returned had he been in the same situation.
“You can put me out of the House. You cannot keep me in the House,” the former MP explained during an appearance Wednesday on the DBS Television programme Newsmaker Live.
The former Economic Development Minister declared that the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) must decide what it wants.
“You want him (Chastanet) to stay in the House to put him out of the House. That makes sense to you?” Joseph told programme Host Timothy Poleon.
After Chastanet returned to the Chamber, members voted to suspend him pending an apology for and retraction of statements he previously made.
“You are telling the police to keep him there, which is illegal, which is an infringement on his rights as an individual,” Joseph stated concerning the Speaker’s instructions to the police on duty in parliament regarding Chastanet.
Joseph said Chastanet could stand for himself.
And he referred to laws the labour administration has passed.
“These laws may not affect us today, but down the road we are going to pay a price as a country,” Joseph, Deputy leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), warned.
“Everybody wants to sit and see this as an Allen Chastanet matter. This is not an Allen Chastanet matter. This is a matter of democracy. Our democracy is under threat,” the former Minister stated.
“Is this a circus?” Joseph asked regarding events in parliament.
Headline photo: (L to R) Claudius Francis, Guy Joseph & Allen Chastanet