SLP denies fostering family divisions

The ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has denied encouraging divisions within families.

The denial comes against the backdrop of the Francis brothers, Peterson and Hermangild, leaving the party to join the opposition.

In addition, the SLP’s Communications Director, Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel, has been criticized for what some feel were disrespectful comments in relation to her father, Francisco Jn Pierre.

The father is the opposition candidate for Laborie.

In relation to the Francis family, SLP General Secretary Leo Clarke, has observed that one brother, Claudius Francis, has remained with the labour party.

Clarke said he has been told that the parents have also stayed with the SLP.

“So I don’t know how we are encouraging any division in a family,” he explained.

With regard to Jadia and her father Francisco, Clarke said:

“I don’t know – I think one of these days the story is going to be told.”

He recalled that he got to know Jadia when she was a very enthusiastic political activist in the constituency of Vieux Fort North.

Clarke observed that she grew into one of the most successful press secretaries to the Prime Minister.

He said:

“Then the appearance of her father as a UWP candidate – I am not sure one can blame her, because I think her position predated him getting into candidacy for the UWP.”

Clarke noted that Jadia had clearly indicated what her position was when she worked with the SLP’s Vieux Fort North Candidate, chairing a lot of meetings in the 2011 campaign.

“I think this is where she would have come to the attention of the leadership of the SLP and I think the potential she showed then has propelled her into a very solid public speaker, into a solid press secretary to the PM and now as Communications Director she is doing a fantastic job,“the SLP General Secretary observed.

He expressed the view that Jadia has not veered away in any way from a political position that she openly displayed from the lead up to the 2011 elections.

“I think the person who has come along, who has decided to be a candidate for the UWP and who may be projecting some kind of division in her family is her father not her. She has not moved from her position where she was back then,” Clarke asserted.


  1. Boujon Guiyave
    May 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    It is a well known and even documented fact that the UWP will seek to exploit every situation, morality not given due consideration, to further their political ambition. Look now as it turns out the young lady hardly knows her father. How could he even open his mouth in this situation when both had been living in little St Lucia with so few people? But then Mr Father himself may have nothing to do with this propagandizing. This is all the doings of the half baked “creole” (Josie’s call) Chastanet who has the propensity to stoop to any level. Jadia is an adult and she has the right to support the party of her choosing. See if any UWP scoundrel will ever try to put her on the spot again!

  2. ruda ghal
    May 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Leo Clarke shut the hell up. In what way have Francisco put any division between he n jadia. I am sick n tired of u all politicians. The man HV a rite to go to whatever party he choose to the same way jadia HV the rite to vote what party she want but for someone that is so educated she cant be disrespecting her father on a political platform. Y isn’t Peterson n hermangild talking on political platform about Claudius. Smdh at u Leo.

  3. Bebe
    May 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Shut up Leo. How would you feel if you child treats you that way. Jadia’s child may just end up treating her that way. Both you and jadia’s are crying for you supper. You’ll should be role models. What are u teaching the children out there? Should they disrespect their parents. If you have kids am sure they are disrespecting you. You red devil.

  4. clive
    May 22, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Shut up bebe

  5. clive
    May 22, 2016 at 12:37 am

    You all don’t have a conscience. If Francisco wins and his party wins. JADIA is out of a job. He is therefore directly attempting to have her jobless. Should she sit back and not try to protect her bread?

  6. clive
    May 22, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Francisco Jn. Pierre is a very unstable man. His records show he doesn’t stay in one place for too long. He was a church of god. He claimed he not working sabbath and left the fire service to continue preaching. He then had 4 children out of wed lock. Valley, soufriere, Roseau and Banse. No example to the youth he intends to represent. His wife was left to languish in a small house whilst he built the aircraft carrier house. He left Sonia and JADIA whilst he was prostituting and slept with his jabal in the same Banse. Tell me i lie