Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, has declared that the outcome of the last elections was a vote for former Taiwanese Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Tom Chou.
Addressing last night’s Victory Rally of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) in Micoud North, Joseph said he did not claim the party’s victory at the polls.
“This victory goes to the people of Castries South East. It is you who put Kenny in his place. It is you who told him it is not he who decides who will represent the people of Castries South East. I know that this is a vote for the UWP, but I know that the way you spoke, it is a vote for Tom Chou,” the former minister asserted.
The UWP won the June 6, 2016 general elections by a margin of 11 to 6.
The Castries South East MP said, to roars from the audience, that he would ask new Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, to invite Tom Chou to visit Saint Lucia.
“There are a few people who are good for Saint Lucia that Kenny Kenny wanted to get rid of and Tom Chou was one of them,” Joseph said.
He said he would love to see Chou visit Saint Lucia in an official capacity under the UWP government.
Joseph declared that God has been good to him.
He told the crowd that he had gone through the entire election campaign and had survived.
“I know it was your prayers; I know it was your support; I know it was your words of encouragement, “he said, adding that the fight was on in Castries South East.
Joseph said although he was proud of the people of Saint Lucia, he was more so proud of the people of his Castries South East constituency.
He publicly acknowledged businessman and former labour party candidate, Timothy Mangal, who was on the stage.
Joseph said of Mangal:
“He knew that Kenny and labour were bad news for Saint Lucia.”
Joseph said he and Mangal, former political opponents, had joined forces.
“You have spoken and we have listened. We are ready to work,” he declared, adding that the new UWP government is at work already, even though he has not been sworn in as a minister.
He declared that the UWP candidates are not fighting among themselves.
“We are fighting the victimization of the Saint Lucia Labour Party,” Joseph said.
He said the defeated Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) candidates are afraid and in hiding.
“Have you seen them?” Joseph asked the crowd.
He said when the UWP lost the elections the party took its defeat with dignity.
“The next day you saw us all over the country – We were on the media – we were thanking our people, but where is the labour party today?” Joseph asserted, adding that they were afraid.
Joseph, while in opposition, had a highly publicized clash with then Speaker of the House, Peter Foster last year.
The Castries South East MP, who at one point had accused the Speaker of being a politician, was ultimately prevented from continuing his contribution.
Joseph said to laughter from the crowd last night that he wanted new Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, to hire Foster for the first hour of the sitting of the house of parliament.
“I want to show you what your role is,” he declared in remarks address to Foster.