Leader of the opposition, Doctor Gale Rigobert, has said that she will be appealing to other female MPs to engage in a bi-partisan discussion on rape and sexual assault.
Ribobert has suggested that the discussion should address ways to deal more comprehensively with issues pertaining to rape and sexual assault.
“We insist that there have been one too many of those incidents and parliament should not be seen as the theatre for politicking, but a space where the business of the people should be conducted,” the Micoud North MP asserted.
She declared that week after week the society learns of incidents of rape and assault and the coverage of gruesome, heinous crimes against the vulnerable women in the society.
Rigobert questioned the government’s priorities, noting that the country is still to understand why the forensic laboratory remains closed.
The Micoud North MP declared that thanks to the Prime Minister’s actions the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) remains demoralized, under resourced and under financed.
According to Rigobert, there are too many questions that remain unanswered.
She disclosed that the United Workers Party (UWP) will be using the privileges afforded the party within the parliamentary system to raise some of those questions.
Rigobert said the UWP also intends to question the status of the DPP.
The current DPP, Victoria Charles Clarke, is on preretirement leave .
Rigobert added that the UWP intends to inquire about the extent to which Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony has reneged on promises to the people of Saint Lucia and this country’s international partners.
Doctor Gale Rigobert said of parliament:
“That is the space within which we intend to ask those questions and we expect there to be healthy debate on those matters because these are the issues that weigh on the mind of every saint Lucian.”