Chastanet: UWP not invited to Sammy welcome

The leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, has said that his party was not officially invited to the Darren Sammywelcome earlier this week.

Chastanet said his understanding was that opposition leader – Doctor Gale Rigobert, was invited to the airport.

“They originally said that she would be able to say some welcoming words, but at the last minute they changed that. We were not officially invited as a party,” the UWP leader asserted about the Sammy welcome.

Chastanet said:

“So here you have Arsene James who is the MP for Micoud South where Darren Sammy comes from and absolutely no invitation was extended to him in any way.”

According to him, Saint Lucia is currently in the “silly season” of preparing for general elections.

Chastanet explained that as a result, governments would play such games.

He observed that such situations are not new to Saint Lucia or to local politics.

“We need to move on, but we were hoping that a situation like this in the development of such great national pride that generated regional pride that we would have divorced politics from the whole situation, but that is impossible I guess in an election year,” the UWP leader said.

Darren Sammy and his team mate, Johnson Charles were treated to a rapturous welcome earlier this week when they returned home after the West Indies Cricket team under Sammy’s captaincy, won the ICC Twenty 20 cricket world cup.

Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony at a ceremony at the VIP longue at Hewanorra International airport, announced that the Beausejour Cricket stadium will be named after the West Indies Captain.

In the case of Johnson Charles, Anthony said a stand at the stadium would be named after the West Indian cricketer.

The Prime Minister also disclosed that Charles will be given a plot of land.

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