Castries Central MP, Richard Frederick, has accused the leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, of speaking untruth to the online publication – Barbados Today.
Frederick made the accusation during a news conference today.
At issue in the Castries Central MP’s assertion was an article which he said was written by a Neville Clarke and captioned: “I’ve walked in Mia’s shoes – Chastanet”.
Frederick disclosed that according to the article, which quoted Chastanet, he, Richard Frederick took the UWP to court on the eve of a convention and the court ruled against him.
According to Frederick, the UWP leader also claimed that he made derogatory remarks about him in the media.
However Frederick, a former Housing Minister, declared that Chastanet had told a blatant lie.
Frederick told the news conference that Chastanet was present when then Chairman of the Castries Central Constituency Group, Mark Louis, announced his intention to challenge Frederick’s expulsion from the UWP in court to get it quashed.
“The matter filed in Mark Louis’s name and the parties were listed as Mark Louis Claimant, with Allen Chastanet, Ezechiel Joseph and Oswald Augustin as respondents,” the Castries Central MP noted, adding that the name “Richard Frederick” does not appear as a party to the proceedings at which Chastanet was present and he, Frederick, was not.
Frederick recalled that the Presiding Judge had asked a number of” pertinent “questions, including why he was not present and pursuing the matter himself and whether he was interested in being allowed back into the UWP.
Said the former Housing Minister:
“Those questions are highlighted within the judgment, so my difficulty is why did Mr. Chastanet knowing all of this, lie in an interview in Barbados and told the paper that it was I who took the United Workers Party to court and the court ruled against me?”
Frederick said Chastanet’s inability to appreciate the value of the truth is totally inconsistent with leadership of any kind, more so leadership of a country.
He disclosed that at the time of the court proceedings he was on his construction site
Frederick explained that he did not pursue the matter personally because he did not want to waste time in an effort to return to the UWP under the leadership of the same person who wanted him out.
According to the former Minister, it was clear that had he pursued the matter personally, the outcome would likely have been different.
He quoted from the judgment indicating that the Judge had said that the member who was purportedly expelled appeared hardly concerned to vigorously pursue any remedy, and on that basis refused the injunction sought by the applicant.