Former Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sir James Mitchell, told the 39th convention of the opposition United Workers Party, UWP, yesterday at the Gros Islet Secondary school, that former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Doctor Vaughan Lewis, ignored his advice.
Mitchell made the comments while asserting that he had outlived over forty Presidents and Prime Ministers with whom he had worked in the Caribbean, and with some of whom he had gone through a lot.
According to the former Vincentian Prime Minister, he had supported Doctor Vaughan Lewis as a successor to then Prime Minister Sir John Compton, with George Mallet becoming Governor General and giving up his Castries Central seat in favour of Lewis contesting it.
Following Sir John’s resignation as Prime Minister, Lewis won the Castries Central seat and became Prime Minister on April 2, 1996.
“I suggested to Vaughan, well you know, Sir George can go up as Governor General so as to give you the seat but I recommend to you that you name Vigie airport after George Mallet as the longest serving Minister of Tourism in Saint Lucia. He said he ain’t doing that because other people will object,” Mitchell told the UWP convention.
According to Sir James, Doctor Kenny Anthony who later became Prime Minister had not been in office two weeks, when he named the airport at Vigie after George F.L Charles.
He asserted that if Lewis has taken his advice the airport would have been named after a member of the United Workers Party.
“Those are the facts,” Mitchell declared, adding that he had also suggested to Lewis that he should nominate Sir John Compton as President of the Caribbean Development Bank, CDB, as he, Mitchell, had already obtained the agreement of then Jamaica Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson, and others.
“Vaughan say he ain’t doing that,” Mitchell said.